Bowman Fork Trail to Baker Pass

MODERATE 72 reviews
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Bowman Fork Trail to Baker Pass is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.1 miles
3198 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Follow Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.5 miles up the canyon at Terraces Picnic area. Follow the road up the hill and at the junction turn south (right). Trail begins above the turn around. Access #2: Via Alexander Basin Trail or via Desolation Trail coming from Mill D North Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon or the Big Water Trail in upper Mill Creek Canyon.

2 months ago

It’s where I had a close encounter with a black bear. Awesome!

10 months ago

Relentless incline, but beautiful.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of shade, a great little stream, and wildflowers. I had four kids with me, (carried the youngest) and have a bad knee, so we only did about 75% of the hike, but we all loved it.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Nice hike - do Millcreek a lot but never hoofed up this trail. Got about 5/6 of the way up - to snowline - before heading back down. Pooch luv'd it too.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pretty steady climb up- we took the Bakers Pass (vs. Alexandria basin trail) trail but stopped short of the pass because of the snow (didnt have the best gear). Once you get up high enough you can see down Millcreek canyon, over Grandeur peak and out to antelope island/salt lake. Pretty with the leaves changing and the white from the snow.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beautiful, shady, good workout. Not many people. Loved it

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gorgeous views and a moderate hiking level. We didn't go all the way up but found a nice lookout point. It was lush and green!

Monday, September 05, 2016

I took this as far as the White Fur Pass trail and then cut over to Alexander Basin. It is a very nice, moderate grade trail. The slopes on the southern side of Mill Creek are probably the easiest way for those of us in the Northern half of SLC to get to the beautiful mixed forests of the Wasatch, and this trail is a lovely case in point. White Fur Pass is pretty overgrown, but can make a nice loop that isn't too long.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great hike with just about everything, mellow in places and steeper in places.. Lots of shade, then lots of exposure. A nice amount of elevation gain. One of my regulars, some times twice a week.

Saturday, August 06, 2016


Monday, July 25, 2016

Had a great hike. Started early to avoid the heat. Flowers were great in the
Baker Spring area

Thursday, July 14, 2016

great hike (: Just lots of bugs and flies that like to bug you

Sunday, July 03, 2016

We like this trail a lot for taking our 8month old baby in a pack and getting our wild dog out in the mountains. We only go until the trail starts up way from creek bottom, but plenty of shade, water, wildflowers, butterflies, and GREEN!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

very scenic and well shaded. dog loved the creek.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The creek was nice. Beautiful flowers and views.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Great variety on this trail as you ascend. We made it to the top of Gobblers knob in about 3 hours and down in 2. 10 miles total and 4200' from the road.

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

One of the best trails in Millcreek. Every type of mountain terrain and plenty steep.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trail was challenging and scenery beautifully, but it was far too busy.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fun and challenging trail even for seasoned hikers. Lots of snow up there but snowshoes aren't necessary, just spikes and poles (in my opinion).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nice hike, great for dogs with the creek running along side for most of the early portions.

Monday, August 24, 2015

I love this hike. So many great things like a creek, plenty of shade, some challenge, great sights, and variety. Dogs can be off leash on odd days and on leash on even.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hiked Bowman Fork to Alexander Basin. Gorgeous hike!! Love that the first part is nicely shaded along the creek! Lots of bushwhacking once we started the trail to Alexander. But so worth it! Amazing views! This is a steep hike!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Took Bowman Fork to Baker's pass and onto Gobblers Knob then through Alexander Basin and to the cross trail to loop back into Bowman's Fork. 11 miles total. The wildflowers were gorgeous leading to Baker's pass. Up to Baker's pass the trail is a moderate climb but well defined and beautiful Up to Gobblers Knob it is a steep climb ( a little rocky) and when you think you crested you will still have a little more. Well worth it! The view is spectacular, a favorite! The chipmunks at the top are a little crazy. It is a steep and rocky descend to Alexander Basin so watch your footing. Another beautiful display of wildflowers against dramatic rocks. Looking back to Gobbler's Knob you can appreciate the climb to reach the top. The trail was defined in Alexander Basin but the vegetation is high and if you are wearing shorts you will get swiped by plants. The bees are busy but there was no problem. Taking the cross route to Bowman's was tricky. Again the trail was no problem to find, it is marked but the overgrowth could use some bush wacking, a machete would have been helpful. It is a climb toward Bowman. For us it was made trickier because of thunderstorms. With all said, we would definitely do it again and again!

trail running
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A very nice trail with some steep inclines, leading to Baker Pass and peaks. Do not go through the trail to Alexander Basin. Tried twice already. There are overgrown vegetation and runoff sections in the summer. Hikeable but unrunnable.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It was s very nice trail. It's shaded so it's great in the summer hot days to keep the dogs cool. It has a little water stream running along the trail. Make sure you don't hike the day after a rainy day since there's a lot of Mosquitos and flies. It's a very peaceful hike. Loved it!

Friday, July 10, 2015

So far my favorite in Millcreek. The terrain was easy, even after a huge storm the night before. Very shaded majority of the hike. Not much debris in the trail and not much in the way of rocks one would need to scale. I absolutely loved this trail, I will continue to do again and again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Great trail for any season, I hike and snowshoe this one often. A good chunk of the hike is shaded so it's great for summer. But bugs are terrible in June/July for the middle miles by the creek so bring spray or long sleeves.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Great and fairly easy hiking trail. Nice and smooth surfaces to hike on.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Did this as an evening hike just up to White Fir Pass (approx. 3.5 mi RT). The forest floor is extra green this year due to the wet spring. Wildflowers are coming out. Saw columbines in clumps of 10 - 20 flowers.
It is an off-leash trail on odd-numbered days as when we hike it. So be prepared to encounter muddy, but happy, dogs along the way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I love this trail! In late winter/early spring it is a beautiful and quiet trail. In summer this trail is incredibly popular and probably should be avoided on weekends if at all possible. Right now with all the rain it has been lush and gorgeous and should definitely be visited. We've hiked it 5 times this spring, and will be up again this week to love it one more time before summer madness sets in. Highly recommended!

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