Dog Lake via Big Water Trail is a 5.2 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

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

hiking
8 days ago

We hiked in the afternoon. There was quite a bit of the trail in the sun; not as shaded as I would have preferred.

23 days ago

Very well maintained trail. Lots of beautiful colors going into the fall. Plenty of water for dogs. I didn’t really notice any poop along the trail except people would leave it on the ground in a baggy to pick up on the way back. Nice gradual incline. Overall my dog loved it so that’s all that matters

trail running
1 month ago

As billed, busy and lots of cute puppies along the way, but beautiful Fall colors and the weather was perfect. Pretty easy hike/run all in all.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike! Not too strenuous. Quite a bit of the trail is shaded and there are a couple of streams for the dogs to drink out of on the way up. Lots of dogs and people but that’s what it’s all about! My dogs loved the lake!

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout on the way up to lake. Shaded mostly with steady incline.

2 months ago

I love, love, love this trail! The flowers are fading, but the beautiful forest setting is reason enough to take this hike. I love making a loop out of this trail by hiking to Dog Lake via Big Water, but coming down via Little Water. The flowers in Little Water were still very much in bloom when I last hiked it on July 29.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail that will give you a nice workout. The wild flowers are out now and give a nice added touch of color to the mountain trail. Dog Lake is more of a big pond and not as picturesque as other mountain lakes I've hiked to and it's rightly named: lots of playful pups enjoying the hike. Hop the trail on even days if you'd prefer a hike without dodging dogs and their droppings.

3 months ago

Nice gradual incline. One of my favorite Millcreek hikes. Especially great if you have a pup!

3 months ago

Did this going up to Dog Lake and did Little the last .5 miles down. It was a great hike, nice and cool. BUT for the love people: clean up after your dogs. Bag the poo and take the poo out.

hiking
3 months ago

Surprisingly steep, short distance at 1.8 miles. HOT on 2:30 pm on July odd day afternoon.
Lots of dogs but no bikes. Some shade throughout the trail. No sweeping vistas at the top. Nice views of surrounding peaks near the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

First I hiked to Lake Desolation and there is a second tail on the way down which takes you to Dog Lake. I decided to go on it because I was already there- Might as well. I’m so glad I did. NOT because it was nice, but because it was an underwhelming, small muddy pond. The two stars are for the wildflowers and butterflies, otherwise it would be a 1 Star.

hiking
3 months ago

Ok Hike. Not my favorite. Very few vistas of beautiful scenery. Lots of bikers. Many dogs have left fecal piles in the middle of the trails and owners obviously haven't the courtesy to pick them up. Dusty trail and Dog Lake is very anticlimactic.

hiking
3 months ago

such a fun trail. Its easy we went at 6 am on a sunday and only saw a couple other hikers. the lake is really pretty got awesome pictures. Also got to see a woodpecker and some deer.

3 months ago

Just wanted to post this to warn others with dogs. There have been reports of dogs falling violently ill after swimming or being up at dog lake. They aren’t sure of the cause, but I wanted to warn people. There’s an article on KSL with more information.

3 months ago

This is 100% go to hike on odd number days with our Silver Lab. It is a great hike for dogs (off leash on odd days) and humans. Trail is very clear and beautiful with wildflowers and the end takes you to a beautiful lake.

4 months ago

Perfect trail if you only have a few hours in your day to hike. Scenic rewards and a beautiful lake to visit.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Killer climb, but epic downhill

4 months ago

Started at butler fork, the first leg of the hike is kind of step. Made it to the lake and didn’t see a single soul, it was absolutely beautiful. Came down through mill a Basin, to finish it off. Definitely a great hike.

4 months ago

Gate is still closed half way up Millcreek, opens July 1st, unable to get to this trailhead till then

5 months ago

Did this yesterday. Last half snow about 2-3 feet all the way to the lake. still doable in just hiking boots.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Beautiful easy hike. Super muddy today.

Friday, October 06, 2017

There are two ways up from the parking lot. Make sure you take the one on the right, it's longer in distance but has less snow and isn't steep. The trail on the left is steep, icy and snowy (and very beautiful.) Great hike in the fall!

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Great shady trail. Just completed this today (September 29th) and the trail was very muddy/slushy and snowpacked in some places. There are actually a few trails to get up to Dog Park. Dogs absolutely love this trail though, especially if they are water dogs because of the lake. Parking can a little crazy and you might have to deal with angry people looking for a parking space.

hiking
Friday, September 22, 2017

This trail is so beautiful in the fall time!

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun hike with the dogs!

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My dog and I very much enjoyed the hike today!

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Great hike. Gradual incline. Coverage from the sun is a great plus in the summer. a little chilly this time of year so dress accordingly.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great trail. Decided to this one because a moose was blocking one of the other ones, dogs loved the lake at the top

Monday, September 11, 2017

Enjoyed the shaded trail & depth of the pines!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice forrested hike. Not very steep and well covered.

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