Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail

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Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail is a 6.8 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
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1315 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Mueller Park Trail is a 13.00 mile out and back trail located near Bountiful, Utah and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for cross country skiing, hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. It is 3.6 miles to Elephant Rock. Mueller Park to Elephant Rock Duration: 3 hours Distance: 3.66 one way Difficulty: Moderate, then easy Trailhead: Mueller Park Elevation: Mueller Park 5230; Elephant Rock 6255 Elevation Gain: 1025 Map: Fort Douglas 7.5 quadrangle GPS Coordinates: Elephant Rock--12 T 0431213/4522706 Dogs: Allowed 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 youll 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked to Big Rock and it was very mellow. It had a pretty gradual incline with the beginning being the steepest part of the trail. I'd definitely want to go back and hike further up!

hiking
3 days ago

We went at least three miles past elephant rock. But it was a little too early this year. Tons of snow at the top. I'd do it again but only go to elephant, or wait till it warms up!

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10 days ago

Must have went at a good time of day/year (Saturday evening in April). Not many other hikers or mtn bikers on the trail. Took the dog, she had a good time. The overlook is beautiful. Beginning of trail is steep, but is moderate otherwise. Took us a little less than 3 hrs round trip (including stopping for about 30 min at the top for a quick bite). If going in the late afternoon/evening, be sure to dress appropriately, as at least half of the trail is in shade and it gets chilly when the sun starts to set.

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24 days ago

beautiful super easy mellow Hike! one of my favorites!

hiking
28 days ago

Takes a really long time, but fun.

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3 months ago

Great trail all year round, my dog loves it. Gets very heavily trafficked in the summer, sometimes so busy it's not worth it. Also not called big rock trail, it's mueller park trail.

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5 months ago

hiked all the way up a little past the big rock. exhausted after. it says there's a river but I'd hardly call a little trickling of water a river.

brought my dog and she loved it. lots of bikers which can be annoying to have to keep moving over for them but over all it was great.

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6 months ago

6 months ago

One of my favorites. Awesome to run. worth it to see the giant rock. Kid and dog friendly.