Dog Lake Reynold's Peak and Butler Fork Loop Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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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.

6.8 miles
2,339 feet

cross country skiing


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



no dogs

5 months ago

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.


7 months ago

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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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!

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Beautiful views

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

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!

Monday, June 13, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Snowshoed in, had a hell of a time getting up the last stretch to dog lake, each step slid us back through the melting snow. The views, weather and company made it a great time. I'll be doing it again.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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.

7 months ago

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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