Burch Hollow Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
The trail to the ridge branches from the Pipeline Trail .25 miles from the trail-head. The trail starts as a wide spot cut through the brush, it takes a very sharp turn back to the northwest and is easy to miss. Look carefully for the trail starting up the hill. The trail climbs the east side of the Burch Hollow drainage
The gps on AllTrails is a little off, you have to go a little further up the trail before you hit the switchback that takes you up. There's snow at the top which makes it a little slow going, but it's beautiful and at 65 degrees, it was perfect. Great views once you get further up. For sure moderate, not difficult.
I agree this Burch Hollow part of the hike should not be considered easy or moderate. It was a steady, steep uphill climb. I measured we climbed 3.8 miles up and about 2000 feet of elevation gain! I loved to view at the top and was able to get back down the trail quickly. Some overgrowth and sticky burs that caught on my pants....highly recommend wearing pants!
Great hike- I would rate it easy until just over half way when you start really gaining some altitude. Once you're actually on Burch Hollow the path gets very narrow and over grown. We tripped quite a few times on roots and stumps that were covered with the fallen leaves. Having a good sense of balance really came in handy when crossing some of natures obstacles!
Great secret, hiked on a saturday and we were the only people on the hike. Beautiful panoramic view. Hiked in early fall and colors were great. Trail was very overgrown in spots. Great steep hike with awesome views. I would definetly do it again.
7.25.2016 | 5:30-8:30PM Round Trip
Must Have: Long pants, hiking shoes, bug repellent.
I don't know why this trail is rated as moderate and reviewers say it's easy? Pipeline Trail is easy...Burch Hollow is HARD and doesn't look like it has been hiked in months.
Once you branch off from the Pipeline Trail it's steep and extremely overgrown. There are open lengths as well as lengths where the foliage was so dense I couldn't see my feet. Definitely wear long pants and hiking shoes as you're constantly pushing through thigh to waist deep plants (see pics for what my leggings looked like after).
We saw birds but most wildlife was skittering or crunching in the brush which spooked us a few times. Occasionally critters retreated to the side brush as we passed and I suspect it was snakes.
If you look at the map, we turned around shortly after reaching the long straight length. The foliage was SO thick I was nervous we wouldn't find our way back down. We also hiked this in the baking heat of a July evening and regardless of it being fairly shaded, should have taken a gallon of water for myself and a gallon for my GSD.
Moral of the story: Watch your feet and prepare to bushwhack!
Favorite trail of all time! Last fall I took my dog up here every day. Nice for beginner trail running too. Have experienced a few inconsiderate & nasty bikers but generally everyone you run into is great
This was a nice, easy hike. Had some pretty views and wasn't too populated. I saw a baby rattlesnake on the trail, so keep an eye out.
Trail is initially a steep climb overlooking the road. It's exposed with shady patches. Take water & consider a shadier option at midday. On odd days dogs are off leash & there's not supposed to be bikes, though many bikers are confused. This is Upper Pipeline- a segment that IS NOT open to bikes all the time.
Great trail for running! Lots of options to add on as well. Wildflowers are really coming out now. Pretty muddy with all the rain.
great trail and a quick getaway for a nice hike. dog friendly is a must so it makes this a great trail thats not to far from home.
Most of this trail is a steady climb up to the ridge between Milcreek Canyon and Parleys Canyon. Still some snow on the trail but neither deep nor icy. View from the top is worth the hike. I was looking for a relatively short hike with a good elevation gain and this trail satisfied that wish