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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 3,198 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Bird watching

Forest

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Wild flowers

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Contact
Getting There

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

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.

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Reviews (159)
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Andy Brown
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Hiking

Seeing the wildflowers was a sight to behold, and was something I’ll never forget as long as I live. I would highly recommend this trail, but be sure to bring plenty of water and do what you can to avoid the heat. It is challenging but its definitely worth the trip. If you have the stamina pushing on to one of the peaks would be very cool.

Bert Ankrom
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Hiking

Did this hike as part of a Lambs canyon to Mill B Hike. In the meadow just above the Baker Spring there were 4 bull moose grazing in the meadow. Found a nice camping spot just before the last traverse to Baker Pass.

David Steinberg
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Hiking

Amazing hike! About 4 miles up to beautiful wildflowers. We started at 7:30 while the gait was still closed (opens at 8) and made it to Baker Pass around 10:30. A quick stop for sandwiches and then back down. Many happy dogs (and people) on the lower portion of the trail kept our pup entertained. We were rewarded with cool, clean mountain stream crossings. We will definitely do it again and next time start earlier and push on to Mt. Raymond and/or Gobblers Knob.

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David Kopp
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RunningFeeOver grown

Very difficult but very achievable! With a 6 month old front loaded the wife and I made it - round trip, with an hour lunch break up top, in 4.5 hrs. Take a lot of water!

Michael Dinwiddie
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Running

Beautiful wooded/shaded trail. A few openings and viewpoints.

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K Weston
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Hiking

A fave hike - amazing views when you get up high but have to earn them! Did it x2 this week... on 6.9 = snow and 20s; 6.12 = windy and 70s. Changeable Utahhhhh weather!

Stuart Klein
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Hiking

Nice dog friendly trail but can be crowded. Located right before the winter gate when driving up the canyon so a good option if your originally planned hike isn’t accessible. Shady the first two miles then pretty exposed with very nice views after. Snow ~2.5 miles in on 6/9.

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Tikva D.
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Hiking

Snow is now pretty much all gone except for a few spots

Marcella D
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HikingMuddySnow

This is one of my favorite trails. It has lots of cover and toward the top lots of sun. Super chilly this morning-and had to cross 2 snow fields.

Lara Houser
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HikingMuddySnow

The trail had a lot of shade. There was snow for most of the first three miles after 2 miles the snow became like mashed potatoes and was very difficult. Microspikes and poles are highly recommended.

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Erin Hancock
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beautiful in the snow

Derek Generic
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Carissa Watanabe
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

On 11/2 Not tracked out to Gobblers summit - made it about 4 miles from gate.

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Maryanne Shew
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Hiking

Wildflowers in the second half of the hike are INSANE. Also, not much traffic. Do. This. Hike.

Derek Wehrenberg
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Hiking

This hike has it all; woods, creek, wild flowers, and an amazing view from Baker Pass. There is a steady incline the entire way with a few flat spots that allow you to catch your breath. Much of the early part of the trail is in the forest, which is very helpful on hot days.

Brandon Caldwell
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Hiking

Awesome varied terrain trail and you seldom see anybody on the last couple of miles (which are the best part of the trail). When you get to the saddle you can head up Gobbler's Knob or Mt. Raymond (or both if your are a real masochist). From the saddle you can also head down big cottonwood and make a really long loop (maybe with some hitch hiking back to your start location). Watch for the small freshwater spring about 3 miles up. I use it to refill water bottles every time I'm up there. right along the trail.

Emily Bauman
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail on a hot day when you are seeking a shaded steep trail with amazing views. Stick with it for at least 3 hours out before turning around. Totally worth it! Pass the Bakers Pass sign and eventually you will ascend on a beautiful ridge. Just a gem and a well kept secret in the shade!

Dedelyn Hamilton
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! It snowed on us at the pass today. The most difficult thing was the 6 or so snow fields that we had to cross. Some of our party had spikes and some didn’t. We definitely needed at least our trekking poles to keep from sliding.

Miquelle Askew
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Hiking

This trail was beautiful! The stream is next to the trail for about for first 2 miles. Then the trail gets pretty steep along the switchbacks. There was just a little bit of snow right at the top of the ridge and one or two small muddy sections, very easy to manage. We got about 1/4 mile up bakers pass and the snow was slushy so we turned around. Wildflowers were pretty!

Aylin Rodan
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HikingSnow

Great trail! First time hiking it. Snow on trail at upper elevations (glad to have spikes and poles); at around 8600 feet I couldn't figure out where the trail continued when the footsteps I was following petered out. And then I saw a bear on the way down!

Steven Baeder
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Hiking

Dogs do not have to be on a leash on odd days

Todd Mecham
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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.

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