Dog Lake Trail

MODERATE 202 reviews

Dog Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles
1325 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips



trail running






Dogs are allowed off leash on odd days. Bikes are allowed on even days.

35 minutes ago

Beautiful hike. There were planets of shaded areas and the lake was quiet.

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2 days ago

Hike to Dog Lake yesterday from Mill D/Big Cottonwood. No snow on the ground or trail. Wildflowers starting to appear along the trail and in the meadows. Lake was quiet with no one around in the morning.

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7 days ago

Hiked to Dog Lake today with my son and wife. Wildflowers were growing many places along the trail. Pin leaf penstemon, Indian paint brush, regular penstemon, Queen Anne's Lace, and others wildflowers. Lots of shade throughout the hike. Very pretty about half way up as you hike through the aspen forest and along the stream. Lake itself was very pretty today and only a few people up there. Enjoyed the hike very much but the last uphill push to the lake wore me out since I was carrying about 40lbs with my son in a backpack. Family friendly hike and lots to see along the way. Worth hiking!

8 days ago

amazing trail..
and found a moose in my way down hill they are huge!

27 days ago

18 of us made the trip today including 11 kids as little as age 7. Last half mile was all snow packed trail but you can still make the lake with some effort!! Trees have not budded for new leaves yet on the upper half but this hike should be pretty spectacular by mid June. Always a great hike to a destination and sure beats the traffic on the other side of the road to donut falls. Enjoy!

27 days ago

Good trail. A lot of trees are still missing leaves and the Lake still has some ice on it. I can imagine mid summer it is beautiful. About 2 miles in you'll come to a fork and from there the rest of the trail is still covered in snow, so be prepared.

28 days ago

Did this on may 22. there was still plenty of snow for about 3/4's or maybe half of the hike. the lake was still frozen and a lot of the trees don't have their leaves yet. I bet this is a gorgeous hike a little later in the summer or fall. Will have to try it again. It seemed shorter than five miles to me.

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2 months ago

Made it to the lake, the last mile was snow packed.

2 months ago

Did all but the last bit of this hike yesterday.
Most of the trail is still in feet of snow but I was able to follow a moose trail most of the way up. Didn't go the last ways down the side of the mountain to lower down to the lake because the snow was past my waist.
Wild life is super active this time of year, with so few people around... ran into a moose almost literally and saw fresh mountain lion tracks.
Be careful around the portion of the trail that wraps by the stream, it's hard to tell exactly were the water is and I feel through the snow into the stream once.

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