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

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.

trail running
3 days ago

mountain biking
6 days ago

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

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15 days ago

Wonderful hike to see a gorgeous sunset

18 days ago

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

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28 days 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.

29 days ago

Nice fun trail.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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