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.

1 day ago

Nice fun trail.

hiking
1 day 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
3 days 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
4 days ago

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

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trail running
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hiking
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hiking
10 days ago

Beware of bikers. It was amazing how many of them were kind and courteous while biking but I had two or three different ones that thought they were competing. They barely gave you any notice they were coming and refused to slow down.

Besides that the hike was beautiful and a good length for a morning hike

mountain biking
13 days ago

Really great bike ride. If you keep following the trail past elephant rock it goes over to Rudy's flat and you have the option to hike to Grandview Peak or to drop into City Creek Canyon or North Canyon. The main trail goes into North Canyon. The only con of Muller if you're a biker is that there is a lot of hikers so sometimes you can't get going super fast on the decent. Other than that, it's a great trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Just finished this beautiful trail. I went to elephant rock. There was a trail that kept going up. I went another 2 miles but wish I knew where it went. I didn't know whether to go further. Does anyone know where that trail goes? Loved the wildlife. Heard a rattle snake but didn't see it.

hiking
16 days ago

I will definitely go again but next if there are lots of bikes when we go we'll pass and move to a different one.

Pros: The trail it's self was great for a first of the year. We took our small rat terrier and frenchie and it was great on the way up. Super shady for most of it. A nice spot with a creek to cool the dogs down. There are a few spots with all sun. But great views and great trail. Lots of nice walkers and cool spots to stop for a break or to take pictures.

Cons: the biggest of the trail was the bikes. We went in Wednesday morning early enough to not have the dogs over heat and on the way down in the narrower parts, we were almost ran over by 3 bikers who didn't even call out to us and I was actually hit by one. Not all of the bikers were bad several were super nice and understood it was narrow.

There are a couple of spots where it's got gravel and if the bikes aren't careful they will crash into you or run you over. But, the guy who almost hit us apologized and we made sure he was okay.

trail running
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hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail with water and a lot of shade. Several spots along the way that offer beautiful views of the valley. The only drawback were the number of mountain bikes on the trail. Most were polite and courteous, but there were a few that had no respect for others using the trail. Nice little bench at the top that overlooks that valley below, but there were so many people we couldn't get near it, probably because it was a holiday weekend I'm sure.

mountain biking
24 days ago

while somewhat congested due to popularity and proximity, this is a first class single track.
But everyone hiking and biking seem to get along pretty well. Lots of shade under canopy of trees. steady climb to white rock, mostly dirt path with some stretches of rocks and roots. Streams with small bridges over them, valley views, awesome trail! One can continue on from white ro k to Rudy's Flat (camping spots), and then continue on path down North Canyon. From there, jump on Bountiful Blvd and turn back up at 1800 to get back to ur car. Perfect for half day ride. Hard to beat this one . I would say its a moderately difficult ride or hike. But I see families all the time so very doable for 10 yrs or older.

25 days ago

Loved the trail and how most of it is shaded. Did not like all the bike riders we had to constantly move out of the way.

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