Burch Hollow Trail is a 6 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.

6.0 miles
2,388 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running




wild flowers


over grown

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

24 days ago

Just a note — @Beth Persons commented in April 2017 of having hiked this and continued on to Grandeur Peak. Please note that isn't an official trail and crosses private property. The Forest Service has erroneously showed it as a trail on some recent maps, but have told me they are correcting it on future printings.

2 months ago

Dogs do not have to be on a leash on odd days
Trail is easy to find if you're looking for it.
A little overgrown, if you like highway trails, very overgrown and steep.

3 months ago

the trail was over grown and a little steep but it was fun and secluded. we didn't run into any other hikers after we got into the Burch Trail. pretty views of Milcreek canyon.

4 months ago

Magnificent views up top as you're standing over a ridge that overlooks the side to the Great Salt Lake and most sides of the city. But the trail is extremely overgrown. You'll have to walk through very thick vegetation with wildflowers that are buzzing with tons of bees and different insects. Wear pants if you want this challenge.

Someone with a machete please help clear this great trail!

4 months ago

Much of it is on pipeline which if full of mountain bikes (on even days) and makes for a dangerous hike. Missed the turn off

4 months ago

Great view at the top. Trail is very overgrown.

5 months ago

Fun trail with wonderful views at the end.

it's a path less taken. steep but very beautiful.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The turnoff to the burch hollow trail (which forks off to the left from the pipeline trail) is easy to miss, so keep an eye on your map. The trail is steep and overgrown, so I'd recommend long pants if you can handle the heat -- my legs got a bit scratched up. But the views are tremendous.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Awesome hike! It's well marked, just keep following the signs to elbow/burch hollow. Second half is def. steep, e plowed during the middle of the day. View at the top is amazing and there are fun things to explore and wander around to on e you're up there!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Love this hike! Just have to make sure you take the correct turns from the pipeline trail.
Did it last night. No snow left on the trail!
Towards the end of the hike there is a stretch of some pretty steep switch backs, as you traverse up to the top of the hollow. Beautiful views of gobblers nob, and mt. Raymond behind you. The trail also connects to the trail to hike to grandeur peek.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

My pup and I love this trail. It has some steeper switchbacks early on but is really a pretty easy hike. We often do it as an after work, early evening hike. The view from the top is lovely. It's a great quick hike couple mile hike for people and pups.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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!

Monday, September 26, 2016

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!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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!

Friday, July 01, 2016

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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.

trail running
Monday, May 23, 2016

Great trail for running! Lots of options to add on as well. Wildflowers are really coming out now. Pretty muddy with all the rain.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Amazing views from the top

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nice trek with great vistas that switchback n forth positioned halfway up the mountain. Very icy & muddy as I did this during the mid-winter thaw. Lots of traffic originating from the Church fork trailhead. Surprised it's a black diamond as it's pretty standard going unless you bushwhack your way up from the many campsite areas below as I did.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I am not sure how this is rated as difficult, at least for the first 2 miles. I rate it as easy to moderate for the first mile which is all switchbacks off Mill Creek Canyon Road. It is about a 450 feet elevation in the first mile but has several rather wide flat easy climbs. I have not hiked much in life consider myself a beginner as we just moved from the midwest last year and have not hiked at all previously. This took me about an hour up and back (2 miles out and back). Great with dogs. On bike days be careful of bikers heading down off the trails above. It is shaded in early am, a really nice hike in the heat of summer!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Great for those looking into easy but rapid elevation gain. This is a seldomly hiked trail that looks into Millcreek and Lambs Canyons.

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