Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail

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Mueller Park

Big Rock Via Elephant Rock Trail is a 7 mile heavily 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.

Length7.0 miElevation gain1,145 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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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.

Parking for about a dozen cars before the fee station; more parking available prior to Muellar Park in the neighborhood. Many picnic areas available for groups - both large and small

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall P.O. Box 147420 Salt Lake City, Utah 84114, 801-538-1030 travel@utah.com

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Via Mueller Park Picnic Area. Travel north on I-15 and take the Woods Cross exit. Turn east on 2600 South to Route 89. Follow 89 North to Route 106 North. Take 106 North to 1875 South, turn east and follow 1875 South to the park entrance. Trail begins just past the gate on the south side of the road. Access #2: Via North Canyon. Follow the directions above to 1875 South. Take 1875 South to Bountiful Boulevard. Turn south (right) and go 1.7 miles to Indian Springs Road, turn east (left) and follow the road to its end where the trail begins. OR: I-15 Exit 315 (2600 South) Turn EAST on W 2600 South Continue straight onto Orchard Drive Turn right onto E 1800 S Follow up the hill and down through development to roads end.

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Katherine Forth
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Mountain bikingGreat!

It's an easy and beautiful hike! It's long, but the elevation gain is not difficult at all. Perfect for hiking with friends and family.

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Kelli Cottrell
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Hiking

Trail was beautiful and mostly dry. Spikes were mostly not needed, but were really nice for the last .5 mile before elephant rock.

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Julie Mobley
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Ana Cano
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

It’s muddy and some parts of the trial are still icy and snowy but the view it’s totally worth it .

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Cheryl Vassaur
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Hiking

Great hike with Trax

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Ian Johnson
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3/31/21 - trails still have snow and are partially muddy. Turned around because we didn’t have micro spikes.

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Talia Harris
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Paige Fornek
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Shelby Rhodes
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Megan Wells
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Hiking

Packed snow the majority of the trail. Spikes were really helpful.

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Bobbert Jameses
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Way too crowded - dog shit everywhere

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Danny Ronzoni
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HikingGreat!

Long easy hike up to a rock outcropping. There are a couple spots with a good view of the migratory birds preserve, antelope island, and the great salt lake too. Not a who lot of shade on this hike

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Jana Buchi
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HikingIcy

Need spikes and leave early. Became pretty slushy and more difficult to walk in. Otherwise, perfect day!

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Jo Ann Webb
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Up to the rock and back.

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Natasja Cox
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Via ferrata

Beautiful hike. Slushy in places. Glad for spikes.

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Andrew Shaw
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Nice steady incline up and down. Snow pack is starting to melt, a decent amount of slipping. Used my spikes on the way down and felt more secure.

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Blake Smith
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Fishing

Great trail. A lot of flat parts of the trail. 7 total miles. Packed down snow the whole way. You will probably encounter a good amount of mountain bikers.

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Andrea Edwards
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Runnable (definitely better with spikes!) albeit must hold back on the downhill to minimize falls and ankle rolling, and plan on getting your legs wet passing one another on what is now essentially a single track, but I love this canyon, and it is no less beautiful this time of year than any other!

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A.P. C.
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Hiking

meh. too crowded

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Talia Harris
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shantel talb
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Beautiful trail. Be careful when passing as you get closer to the big rock, the snow goes up to your thighs.

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Melissa Willes
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Therese Pram
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Hiking

Nice trail. The snow was packed so no problems with mud or ice. Incline is nice and gradual. Great views along the trail and at the big rock. Lots of hikers, bikers, runners and dogs.

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Tim Welsch
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Beautiful canyon to hike in. Only used spikes today the snow was well packed. After elephant rock we continued on about another mile and a half up and only used spikes.

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Brenna Hayes
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Lani Sagapolutele
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RunningIcyMuddySnow

Super muddy and icy right now. Recommend poles and/or micro spikes if you have em.

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