Dog Lake Mill D North Fork Trail is a 4.7 mile out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

no dogs

12 days ago

cold today but decent conditions. some muddy spots but not too slippery. packed down snow last half mile. brought spikes but didnt use them.

hiking
1 month ago

Cold and snowy today! First part very muddy, turning to ice and then near the lake hiked in 2 feet of snow. We were going to hike to Desolation but didn’t have our snowshoes on! I like this hike but today was not great. Slipped and fell a lot on the way down even in good hiking boots.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was awesome! Not too steep, just the right length of time for me (1 hour 15 m to get up to the lake) and beautiful! The colors are amazing right now. A lot of shade and tons of aspens. It is a busy trail, especially with bikers but it was fine for me.

hiking
2 months ago

A very good trail for almost every skill level. It gets a little steep for the last 1/2 mile. The entire trail is very well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep in some areas and very over grown but a great hike none the less. Don’t expect to swim in the lake, it’s just for the doggos :)

hiking
3 months ago

Dog lake was a really nice hike. It wasn’t too long or too brutal and the lake itself is full of dogs..so how can you not enjoy that?! A little bit of a climb toward the end but nothing too crazy. Would do this again if I wanted a smaller hike.

4 months ago

There was a lot of stinging nettle and large biting flies on the trail, and hiking on the road wasn’t so great. Other than that it was super nice!

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, but it is fairly steep. At about 1.3 miles, is a nice spot to stop for lunch. The wildflowers are in bloom and the breeze today was lovely.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike on 6/30. We started in the late afternoon. We passed a fair number of people at first that were on their way down, but there weren't too many after that. We were passes by 3 groups of mountain bikers. We had the lake to ourselves for almost an hour. This hike was very peaceful!

The moderate rating and distances seemed accurate. My wife and I were in the mood for a less strenuous hike and this was perfect for taking our time and looking at all the wild flowers, birds, and critters.

There are amazing views of the mountains near the beginning of the hike. Follows a stream part of the way and features manypine and Aspen trees. The trees provide quite a bit of shade.

The lake was nice, but not the most beautiful I have seen. There were lots of bugs near the lake, but they didn't bother us much.

4 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Easy until the fork and then pretty steep the last .5 up to the lake. The weather was perfect and I only needed a long sleeve shirt. A few mountain bikers on the trail to make sure you’re paying attention while hiking.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked to the lake on a beautiful sunny day. The gate in Mill Creek was still closed, so we didn't see anyone when we arrived. The water level is low for this time of year. The view on the way down was spectacular as the air was completely haze free.

hiking
5 months ago

My husband, 6 y/o son and I did this hike today. It took us less than 4.5 hours to finish and that is with us having lunch at Dog Lake. The views and scenery are just so beautiful. It is a lot of incline heading up but makes for an easy hike down. We loved this hike. Friendly people and a peaceful nature hike. Today, the weather was chilly and in the 40s, no mud on the trail at all.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect weather yesterday for hiking. Wore tank top and only light breeze at the lake that made it a bit cooler. Hardly snow (none on trail) so no mud

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was great! About an hour in we hit snow. It’s melting so it’s just mud. Couple more warm days and it should be gone! I thought the lake was going to be bigger, a little disappointed.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

The wind was bitter at Dog Lake, but snowshoeing in and out was great. There was enough fresh snow to warrant snowshoes, and few enough people to make you feel isolated.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Went this morning! Great views! Lots of snow! (The first half of the trail is a little muddy but the rest is covered)

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail, I saw a huge animal similar a moose!! Was very nice! The trail is not so steep, a lot of snow, the lake is snow, now... And... That’s it!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hiking trail in the winter. Crampons or spikes highly recommended

hiking
10 months ago

Medium hike with moderate incline. The last quarter mile up to the lake gets steep but it doesn’t last long. Families with children wouldn’t find the trail too difficult. Cute lake at the end. Frozen in the winter but probably a nice place for a picnic in the summer.

There is a trail marker half a mile before the lake that indicates a trail split. You could hike to Desolation Lake at the split.

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Great trail, but a bit of snow and ice the last 1/4 mile or so made it a bit slippery.

Friendly reminder that no dogs are allowed in BCC! There is a sign at the trailhead and another when you head back down towards Mill D. We passed several! :(

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

This is such a lovely hike. Some of the fall foliage is already gone, unfortunately, so part of the trail is a little barren-looking, but most of it is beautiful regardless. There was a fair bit of snow once we hit the last half a mile or so, and we -- along with a few other hikers -- all heard what we thought was a Mama bear and her baby, but, other than that, it was a lovely hike. I'd consider this a moderate level: the last mile -- particularly the last half -- gets a little steep (not terribly so, but enough to get your heart rate up).

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pretty easy group hike with Cotopaxi hiking club. The trail earns its moderate rating from the steep 0.5 mile at the end. Pretty flowers and some deer on the way up.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tough going in the snow, you need to really want to see it. We did see a moose up there.

Monday, July 24, 2017

We went a couple weeks ago and it was a great time!

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

The hike itself was beautiful, if a little more than two relatively out of shape students should have attempted - the wildflowers were absolutely gorgeous, and there were tons of quaking aspen that ought to be lovely in the fall as well. The lake...well, despite the Mill D side saying no dogs, apparently the millcreek canyon trail to the lake DOES allow dogs, meaning that basically everyone at the lake had at least one dog with them. As a result, the lake surroundings were stunning but the lake itself was totally muddy and kinda gross.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Definitely a bit steep the last .5 mile. It was a peaceful morning at the lake since the Millcreek side isn't open yet. It is really green and saw a lot of butterflies.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Very pretty and green along the entire trail. Heard a woodpecker and saw a lot of butterflies. Last half mile was steep.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last half a mile is a little steep. We hiked in the evening and saw 6 moose. A couple were a little close for comfort. Snow is nearly all gone.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Shorter hike but nice incline here and there. Nice and green the entire way up. A little snow here and there up top, but lake is clear of slush.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Fun and easy. Good incline last 1/4 mile.

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