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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Amazing trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Had a blast !! Great trail! Sunny day!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

Other than the weekend crowds this is a wonderful trail!

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 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
6 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Mostly bikers. Lots of off leash dogs.

7 months ago

nice mild hike compared to the others I've taken in Utah, but I'm sure it's a decent bit longer than what the app says, possibly closer to 8 miles round trip, no rigorous switch backs, no really rocky areas (unless you decide to climb the Rock) decent stroll upward at first that levels out, only real issue is all the cyclists, even though they're supposed to yield to hikers, they don't, and the abundance of them is jaw dropping, stopping almost every 20-30 minutes to let a cyclist pass

hiking
8 months ago

Five stars at night and during winter. Watch for moose and big cats if you visit during less crowded times. For a more ambitious hike, add Cave Peak by following the pipeline southward at roughly the halfway point.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this hike. I actually thought this was an easy hike....the length is the only thing moderate about it. When you get near the rock you have to follow the trail to the left and down to the rock. If you keep going up and around to the right you will miss it.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great single track. Shaded at 9 am. Good climb. Not too difficult. Slower on the down to watch for hikers.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful hike to see a gorgeous sunset

9 months ago

We love this hike! It's a long trail, but so worth it at the end. Gorgeous throughout the entire hike.

hiking
9 months ago

This is my favorite hike! The trail is wide enough to accommodate everyone on it. It is mostly shaded, and never really feels to hot. I recommend this hike to everyone.

10 months ago

Nice fun trail.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a really nice hike. Not challenging, but it is a great way to beat the heat. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Elephant Rock. It looks close but the trail winds in and out so it takes longer than you think. Lots of bikers!

hiking
10 months ago

Perfect neighborly hike for beating the summer heat.
Share the trail with bikers and it does get a little tight.
It is fairly steep hike but it does flatten out. It's a nice challenge when you aren't the most experienced.

hiking
10 months ago

More a walk in the woods and very family friendly. Fantastic views.

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