Beartrap Fork Trail

HARD 37 reviews

Beartrap Fork Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Salt Lake City: The trail begins about 10 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) on private land. The trail is not marked.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike. I saw 7 people on the trail in the 2 1/2 hours I was out. I agree the last 1/2 mile is very steep, but worth the effort if you don't like traffic on your hikes. The flowers were blooming today and the creek bed dry for crossing. If you turn right at the Great Western Trail, it is only about 100 yd to a great view of the Park City area (Formerly the Canyons.) I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars only because of the steep climb to the crest, and having to walk on the heavily trafficked bike trail along the crest to Desolation lake.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike up the gulch, fairly steep incline but with good shoes not a problem. Crossed the creek 6 times over all with putt any issues. Flowers were in bloom and the views from up to were breath taking. One can see down to desolation lake, Tyne valley to Park City, and the Salt Lake Valley.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Fantastic wildflowers. Very green. Hardly anyone there.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to the Wasatch Crest via the Mill D (Desolation Lake trail). Climbed to desolation peak, (no trail, just need to go up). Took the Beartrap trail on the way down. The upper third of this trail is very steep. (Would have rather come up this trail than down.) The scenery was even better than the Mill D trail, and far far fewer people.

hiking
1 month ago

Super steep in places, so I was glad I had trekking poles! Absolutely gorgeous hike. I highly recommend continuing up the Wasatch Crest Trail at the end for great views of Desolation Lake and Park City!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and peaceful. Wildflowers in bloom.

trail running
1 month ago

This Trail sucks for running don't do it.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike on June 1 as part of a loop to Desolation Lake and Mill D. The first mile was moderate, before the second creek crossing where it disappeared under the snow. The second mile was measurably steeper and was a toil even with crampons. Snowshoes would have been a better choice for the lower portion, but after reaching the pass I made a fairly treacherous traverse to meet up with the trail again and was glad to have the traction.

I would do this trail again in early season, but without knowing the trail conditions I would expect to need snowshoes and spikes. Apparently now (June 12), the snow is less of a factor.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes anywhere. This is more of a moderate hike. Not much snow on top. Great views of aspen, rivers, lakes, flowers, snow capped peaks!

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Snowshoes very fun

7 months ago

This was a great hike for New Year's Eve. I was using snowshoes, but I followed the track of someone who wasn't. Looks like post hole hiking without snowshoes for sure, so be prepared. Great views from the saddle and Desolation peak looking over Park City Resort. Started early in the dark with hopes of reaching the summit for sunrise but I underestimated my time and it took a full 2 hrs with stops for pictures to reach the top. Will definitely be back in the spring for another go.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely trail up to the Wasatch Crest and beautiful desolation lake. Relatively easy grade lower down, then climbs sharply after passing through a lovely meadow. As others have said, the lack of traffic is a real advantage. I made a nice loop up beartrap and down Mill D, and did not see a single soul on Beartrap while I was passing people all the time on the lower section of Mill D. There was snow on the ground as low as 8100' in the deep slot that makes the upper canyon. I imagine snow holds there well into spring as well.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

If you are looking for a different route to Desolation Lake than Mill D North, than Beartrap Fork is the way to go. Basically zero traffic, so the trail will be all yours.Once you get up to the Wasatch Crest Trail, you can follow it towards the lake and overlooks of the Park City area. Although there is no trail, you can very easily hike up the hill to Desolation Peak (9990 ski lift is there too). The view of Little Cottonwood Canyon is great!

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

this was a fun trip and I enjoyed the hiking at the first mile is pretty easy through Forest and Aspen Grove. the Second Mile and got progressively steeper and the last quarter mile was pretty steep. the view from the top is really nice looks out over the Salt Lake Valley to the Solitude ski resort and down to Desolation Lake. not too many bugs some wildflowers with lots of bees. The best part was we only saw three other people the entire day good hike but they take some time and is fairly difficult if you're not used to hiking at this altitude.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You access the trail by parking on the side of the road about a half mile above spruces campground. No markings but there is a closed gate on the north side that leads to an old road which you walk up until you see the trail. This is a really nice trail through evergreen forest and aspen groves. The first mile is pretty easy but it gets steeper as you go. The second mile and half get progressively steeper and the last quarter mile is a bit of a climb through a wide open meadow. It meets up with a single track bike trail called the Wasatch Crest trail and you definitely need to walk up to the small knob off to the west so you can see down to desolation lake. The views are wonderful and a great place to lunch. This is a longer hike than the 4.2 miles it says on the description. I used two GPS trackers and one had 6.1 miles and the other had 5.7 miles. You can see the my track somewhere on here. Great views, no people ( we only saw three), and beautiful groves and meadows along the way. Worth the effort but not a good one if you don't hike very often.