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Dog Lake Reynold's Peak and Butler Fork Loop Trail

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Mount Olympus Wilderness

Dog Lake Reynold's Peak and Butler Fork Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 2,339 ft Route type Loop

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Reviews (80)
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Brenda Allred
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So beautiful

Tyson Trevino
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Hiking

So gorgeous, not too difficult. Lunch at dog lake was pristine.

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Seph R
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Hiking

Great. A Little snowy still.

Hinoryn T
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5/17/20 This loop would be a great run without the snow on the backside. The trail is hard pack until you reach the snow on the trail. Then, snow or mud and sometimes good trail. Dog lake still has snow around it and ice in it but is mostly clear. It’s beautiful. If you take the trail up to the peak, it will be snow covered for the majority. Some sections of trail or muddy and cannot be stepped in without sliding down. The trail does not switch back much, but charges straight up the hill. It’s much like you’re on a stairmaster… If the stairmaster occasionally gives away under foot! Worth it though.

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Dave Morris
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Hiking

Didn't summit, just did the loop. Extremely muddy -- especially coming down Mill D North. Up top there's packed snow/ice on the trail. Wished I had my spikes.

Mack Wing
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Hiking

Not sure which trails we took, but we ended up at Reynold’s Peak. Passed Dog Lake on the way done, it’s pretty ugly! But the trail is beautiful. 360 degree views at the Peak made us want to sit there forever. Steep trail past dog lake, lots of people on the way back down, start early to avoid ‘crowds’

Mason Miles
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Hiking

Great trail, lots of places where you can help but stop and take a look around. The view from reynolds is spectacular, dont miss it despite a pretty steep, overgrown, push to get there. For Reynolds Peak, take the UPHILL and overgrown trail that starts from the camp site fire pit -- if its steep and a bit overgrown, you are in the right place.

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Ben Otte
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Taylor Davis
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Hiking

Well that was a lesson learned the hard way .. While amazing and am extremely glad I pushed through it, I made the poor decision of not wearing pants while deciding to summit this mountain... At any rate, it was an amazing hike through the snow and October weather. There is a register up there in a container with an odd / amusing assortment of trinkets and whatnot. :-)

Lucien Neumann
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beautiful hike but the trail is at some spots to much closed from flowers that you can't see the trail really... and if you're allergic to bees and wasp stings, the trail is bad at the moment.

Steven Schmidt
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Saw 3 individual hikers, very few patches of snow, aspen in leaf losing mode

Justin Hellstrom
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Hiking

Came through here first early in the season and the Butler Fork side of the trail was very green and overgrown. Kind of fun wading through tall greenery. Trail is very well defined throughout except for Reynolds Peak which was a bit hazy. Never a question of where to go if you're headed to Dog Lake. No serious inclines or declines but could be considered moderate based on distance. Hiked with a toddler in a backpack and it was great. Super scenic, very pretty. Some shade and meandering water along route. Came back later in the season and the trail had been groomed a bit. Mill D side of trail is less picturesque. Butler Fork side is a bit longer of a trail but worth it to Dog Lake. It's a bit of a walk, obviously, between the two if you want to go in one and out the other but it's possible.

Seth Nielsen
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike for the most part, but my wife and I just couldn't finish it because of the heat, the lack of shade, and the enormous amount of flies. Not enough trees and too much overgrowth. In my opinion, this is not a hike for July. I will be coming back to try this trail in the Fall and hopefully my review rating will be higher!

Madeleine Johnson
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Hiking

Fairly steep but absolutely beautiful!! Worth it every step of the way.

Tiffany S.
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Hiking

This Dog Lake trail is my favorite. It's perfect for an afternoon picnic at the lake, you can also hike up here and camp! I've seen many moose, deer, snakes, squirrels, and chipmunks on this trail. You have 3 trails to choose from for your hikes up and down, if you don't always like going the same way, like me. All are beautiful in their own way and all are rewarding.

Scott Tadler
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Hiking

Butler Fork section still mostly snow covered, lost trail at about the 2 mile mark on this map and climbed a rise to the small peak (about 9100 ft.) just north and separated by a saddle from Reynolds Peak. Reynolds looks beautiful and completely snow covered with cornices on top. At that point descended to Dog Lake and took the trail to Mill D North. That is well travelled but snow covered. From the fork down, the trail is mostly clear of snow and Spring is beginning. Lots of crazy squirrels scurrying around. Absolutely breathtaking views and beautiful Spring thaw.

Leticia Figueroa
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Beautiful views

Dusty Campbell
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Going up Dog lake Trail to Reynolds was great but the trail past the lake was poorly marked and we had to take a detour to shimmy up a side trail. But gorgeous views over the last mile. The real issue was we could not find the trail to make it into a loop to Butler's. We shimmied down a loose gravel slope trying to stay with the course on All Trails and never found a trail so we eventually had go back the way we came.

Rick Wahlquist
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Hiking

One of the most beautiful hikes there is. I started at Butler Fork and did the loop down Mill D. The Butler Fork half is the most scenic. The incline going up is pretty steady and steep. The vegetation has grown over the trail for quite a way making in very narrow. You will want to wear long pants because you will be pushing through vegetation. Dog Lake is a bust though, not much more than a mud hole. I started early and didn't run into anyone on the trail until Dog Lake and then 6 or so groups coming up Mill D, as I was going down. The wild flowers are prolific right now. I highly recommend this hike. The only bad part is I had to walk down the highway from Mill D to Butler Fork. It was a pretty stark contrast from being in the quite pristine wilderness to having hundreds of cars speeding past me on the way back to the trailhead. Started at 6:00am and was done by 9:30 back at the car and doing 6.5 miles.

Jacob Hanson
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Hiking

Great hike. Saw a moose, but inched on by. Still a bit of snow up high. Very pretty. Good workout.

Dan Robrecht
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Hiking

Lovely Hike. Enjoyed the gentler slopes coming up Mill D and the denser woods and wilder trail coming down Butler Fork. Dog Lake itself isn't really much to look at, but makes for a fun destination for kids. I left the family at the lake and ran up the Peak for lovely views from the top. Only one patch of snow left below the trail on the butler fork side, so everything on the trail is now dry. And yes, lots of flowers and butterflies.

Tennille Carn
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Hiking

Hands down some of my favorite hiking in the valley. Both forks on this trail are gorgeous hikes!! I'm obsessed with this trail every year. When the season is right... It's covered in butterflies!

Jason Saunders
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Good hike with steep start. Scenery was beautiful. Watch out for moose. We were ran off the trail for a bit by a young male moose. Dog lake was a beautiful place to stop for a while, especially this time of year when there wasn't a hundred dogs playing because the mill creek gates are still closed. Got a little muddy towards the top and a little snow here and there. Will definitely do this one again soon.

Breck Tuttle
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Snowshoeing

Hike this as part of a loop starting at the Mill D North Fork Trailhead. Beside Dog Lake as a destination you can also climb Reynolds Peak and enjoy amazing views. Trail was much less used that the Mill D Trail. There was only a couple sets of snowshoe tracks in the snow above the Mill A trail junction.

Alex Mecham
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First to Review

There are many off chute trails that can make getting to the lake confusing for your first time. The few signs that are out and marked show "NO dogs" but no one abides by this it seems. It was definitely a moderate hike. Not for most youngins.

Anthony Treemarcki
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Taylor L
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