Bowman Fork Trail to Baker Pass

MODERATE 87 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.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,198 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

1 day ago

Most hikers will only go to White Fir Pass, about two miles and 1200 feet up, which is beautiful. About a mile farther up and 800 feet or so is another clearing. Push past that for a bit and you get to the sign for the trail to Alexander Basin. Another half mile and you get to the big traverse that in another half mile or so takes you to Baker’s Pass. It’s a beautiful view into Big Cottonwood. Take a left to Gobblers Knob or a right to Mount Raymond.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful, mostly shaded trail. The wild flowers are amazing! Dogs are allowed off leash on odd number days. The trail is steep almost the entire trail but the views are worth it. The gate that allows you to park right at the trail head doesn't open until 8 AM, but we parked on the road and walked up to the trail head. There is a $3 fee for each vehicle that you pay as you are exiting Mill Creek Canyon and they accept cards. I would definitely do this hike again! Maybe I'll head back this fall.

hiking
1 month ago

We love this hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

No bikes. The flowers are starting to bloom. I love this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Most of the trail was in the forest with rare views, but very nice to have the shade on a hot day. The view at the top is gorgeous and great for lunch. Dogs are allowed off leash every other day. We hiked with our puppy on a day dogs were supposed to be leashed, however 99% of the dogs were off leash and most owners could not control their dogs. This was very stressful for our puppy who has been traumatized by being bitten on 7 occasions.

2 months ago

This hike was honestly the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on in Salt Lake, and it was the ideal level of difficulty. Right on the moderate-difficult mark... my glutes were aching by the end but I didn’t feel like I was dying from heart palpitations.

The views from the first lookout onward are so spectacular it doesn’t even feel real. Most people stopped at the second lookout.. but I highly recommend going to last mile to bakers pass... you will be rewarded with a stunning landscape.
This is the perfect mixture of exposed and shady, much like desolation trail, but higher up and far more lovely and quiet.

I only ran in to about 5 hikers the whole way... very very moderately trafficked, a perfect hike for those of us who need and want to get away, and work our butts off in the meantime. 10/10 will be doing again.

Unfortunately, I think this trail will be closed until July 1st due to construction in millcreek.

hiking
2 months ago

Great condition. No ice. Didn't see a bear.

hiking
5 months ago

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

Monday, July 03, 2017

Relentless incline, but beautiful.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Gorgeous!

backpacking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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).

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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!

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