Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail

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Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bountiful, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1095 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Trailhead: Mueller Park Elevation: Mueller Park 5230; Elephant Rock 6255 Map: Fort Douglas 7.5 quadrangle Introduction: The Mueller Park trail is the quintessential easy-access trail. From neighborhood to trailhead in 500 feet, you can hit this trail before work, after work, or on a long lunch break. Your reward comes in the form of a riparian area, tranquil backcountry, a birds-eye view of Bountiful below, and a mix of hardwoods and conifers. Mueller Park trail is extremely popular in the summer. This trail winds across and up the mountain keeping the elevation gain manageable. The thick scrub oak provides anchors for the snow pack so avalanche danger ranks low. But perhaps the biggest plus of this trail is how quickly you exit the city and the resulting views. How to get there: From I-15 take the 315 exit. Head east on W 2600 South to Orchard Drive and continue straight. At 1800 South turn east and follow the road to its conclusionMueller Park. The trail begins before the fee booth. Cross the foot bridge to the south. Trail description: The trailhead is well marked and easy to find. Start by crossing the bridge. The trail passes next to Mill Creek for the first few hundred feet where it then begins to wind up the hill. The trail makes four wide sweeping .5 mile switchbacks as it climbs this north face of the mountain. After climbing the first .5 mile you'll be rewarded with views to the west of Bountiful and the Great Salt Lake; and again at .70 mile. At .75 mile the trail leaves the switchbacks and rounds the corner of the mountain heading south and east as it hugs the curves of the mountain. As it makes this turn you can look east and see the large grey blob of rock youre headed for: Elephant Rock. The trail continues to the east maintaining elevation between 5500 and 6000, winding in and out along the silhouette of the mountain as it leads toward Elephant Rock. The trail crosses a couple springs and bridges along the way. At 3.5 miles the trail forks. By going straight and toward the front of the mountain you will hit Elephant Rock, by heading up the mountain to the right/south you will head toward Rudys Flat and North Canyon. To return, follow your same path back. Options: Mueller Park Picnic Area, just east of the Mueller Park trailhead, closes during winter months. Mill Creek runs through the picnic area.

2 days ago

my favorite... but its very busy and lots of bikes spoil the walk

5 days ago

Mountain bikes this trail and loveeeed it! Pretty steady climb with a pretty view at the top.

trail running
18 days ago

A great trail to run. Not too steep (up or down), not too long or short, not too rocky. Lots of shade and beautiful greenery in the spring.

hiking
18 days ago

Very pretty, scenic views. Trail is moderate incline to the rock. Somewhat crowded later in the day. Thoroughly enjoying the trail when 2 kids on motorcycles came up the trail. Apparently motorcycles are allowed on this trail? It terrified my dog and the engine noise echoed through the canyon. Other than that disturbing episode, the trail is good training.

21 days ago

Yes

22 days ago

A favorite for sure. Absolutely gorgeous. Begs to be run.

trail running
28 days ago

What a work out,loved every minute of it beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Its a good family trail with fair amounts of shade. I don't personally love sharing the trail with mountain bikers (with 3 kids 5 and under, its a total hassle to pull them all aside every 5 minutes) but we chose a much less crowded time than usual, which was very pleasant!
We typically hike Big or Little cottonwood about 75% of the time, so the dog waste everywhere was appalling to see... CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOGS PEOPLE!
The teepees were all dismantled which was a total bummer! My kids were really looking forward to them!
There were tons of wildflowers and tree blossoms and it made for gorgeous scenery!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super busy on weekends would never mountain bike on a Saturday morning or evening nor Sunday, but any other day is a blast!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike!!

1 month ago

I ran this trail in the rain, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The trail is moderately steep in areas, but it’s not too steep. It’s wonderful. If you’re considering this trail, definitely do it! :)

mountain biking
1 month ago

The heavy crowds don't distract from this beautiful trail. It start steep, shaded by big pines, followed by scrub oak. There are several bridged stream crossings and much of the trail is shaded. I nearly always see wildlife from deer to snakes and even the occasional moose. The trail is multi-use so expect to share the trail! Hikers, bikers, horses and motorcycles are all allowed. To get away from the crowds continue past the big rock to Rudy's Flat. There is room for camping and few venture this far. I usually mountain bike the trail but often hike with the kids, camp at Ruby's and snowshoe in the winter.

hiking
1 month ago

I love hiking the Cave Peak trail up by Bountiful Utah, and making my way up to Elephant Rock where you'll find an amazing view of the scenery, trails, hill sides, and mountains you just hiked! Its a shorter hike only about 10 miles all together but along the way you'll meet amazing people who share the same flare of traveling that so many of us do. The scenery along the was is amazing, filled with lots of places to take pictures, and videos. One of my favorite places along the way is this clearing at a bend in the trail where the trees cover the sky almost completely but leave enough space for this beautiful lighting from the sun to come through, the ground is littered with small bushes, leaves, and these moss covered logs stacked up against each other to make a shape resembling tepees, when you come to this clearing its like you've entered another realm and really goes to show you can find beauty everywhere. This trail isn't widely known about, accept to the locals who live in Bountiful Utah, but it is my favorite trail because not only is it a good hike but short enough to bring along the family, but because every time I go i bring back a new experience, one of a magical nature!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a blast !! Great trail! Sunny day!

hiking
3 months ago

Very pleasant hike! The slope is pretty gentle all the way to Elehpant Rock. There was quite a bit of fresh now on the ground on 3-18 but the trail was easy without the need for microspikes.

3 months ago

I snowshoe and hike this trail all year long...it’s usually pretty crowded and sometimes tough for mountain bikes to squeeze past the hikers. That said, I love the location, the ease of parking and getting right on the trail and the scenery. Elephant Rock isn’t the best reward after a long hike but it’s a great workout.

5 months ago

Decent place to walk a dog or take in views of Bountiful McMansions. The destination is a medium sized boulder with a view of the oil refinery. Also busy. Mountain bikers year round.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views, but busy. Don’t go Tuesday mornings around 6am or you’ll run into about 45 high school kids from several local mountain biking clubs on the trail.

7 months ago

Really nice hike. Lots of people and lots of mountain bikers though.

hiking
8 months ago

Still a pretty trail. Heavy use though. Don't expect to be alone. 6 cars when we got there 30+ when we left.

8 months ago

Little crowded lots of bikers but boy what a beautiful trail!

8 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike up to the Elephant Rock. Will see many bikers, dogs. gradual incline entire way.

8 months ago

Good moderate hike with a little climb at the end. Great for a jog

8 months ago

Excellent trail with some good shady spots. But watch out for snakes, I ran into three of them on my last hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike with my kids and pup. No snow yet on the trails.

mountain biking
9 months ago

This is an amazing trail but way over used. Unfortunately it's one of the only trails in these beautiful mountains so you have to share with runners, hikers, family walks, and uphill/downhill mountain bikes. Making it quite crowded most of the time.
I'd love to see Davis County develop this canyon like Corner Canyon.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a nice trail, with lots of bikes and no great spots to hang out but the hike itself is nice.

9 months ago

love this trail, lots of shades and real easy, worth getting up to the elephant rock.

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