Dry Creek Trail is a 16.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 16.9 km Elevation Gain: 1,210 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

off trail

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Really nice hike! Lots of people on the bottom part of the trail until the waterfalls, but then only saw 2 people the rest of the time. We had snow for the upper 1/3rd of the trail. We used microspikes which worked super. Nice views!

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

It was a great early season hike. Trail was affected by patches of snow and mud but not difficult.

running
snow
11 months ago

Ran/hiked this trail Saturday. Still snow covered shortly after Box Elder trail split about 3.3 miles up from parking lot. Didn’t bring my running spikes but was still able to make to the saddle looking down on Tibble Fork. Trail up north ridge to Box Elder summit skill snow covered but ran into two others who ran that 2 mile stretch up and over to south side and returned on Box Elder trail (2 miles) where it ties back into Dry Creek trail. They made it without spikes! Another couple weeks and snow will be gone. Unreal views all around!

hiking
11 months ago

Great shape today. Water is running high and the fall is beautiful!

hiking
bridge out
muddy
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Made it about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way but stopped due to the snow preventing us from following the remainder of the trail since we haven't done it before we turned around. The waterfall was tricky to find and luckily fellow hikers guided us to a dropoff trail to the left about two miles in. It took us about an hour to get to the waterfall. Trail is wet and muddy from snow melt now. Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots if possible.

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Didn’t quite make it to the falls this time. Very busy trail.

snowshoeing
snow
Sat Feb 23 2019

First on on the trail after horsetail falls after the recent snowstorms. Great snowshoeing and beautiful views. The snow was lite and fluffy. Long, hard and rewarding day. Was able to stay near the trail using the default recording

hiking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Rated appropriately for the level, took around 3.5 hours however we stopped to take a lot of photos and take in the view. Dead horse is still on the left of the trail near the wood post for the 046 trail. It did not smell and is half buried so you may miss it (my dog easily found it with his nose so watch out if you're with pups!). Trail was clear with the exception of an ice slick about 1/4 mi past the first meadow. I was able to easily navigate around this in the brush and avoid slipping. This trail shares the majority of the way to Horsetail Falls so check that out as a nice pit stop (also found on All Trails).

hiking
Mon Nov 12 2018

The first half of the trail or so is the same as Box Elder Peak. Start out at Granite Flat Campground and make your way up Deer Creek Trail. Once you reach the saddle, head west and follow the ridge line up to the saddle. There is one precarious spot where you will need to watch your footing.

hiking
Sun Aug 26 2018

4 stars because of the killer views at the top but 3 stars for the hike itself. Follows a dry creek all the way up, so very few switchbacks as you climb. Watch the trail after the Dry Creek / Box Elder intersection. Not too far up from that intersection the trail is blocked by a fallen tree and you have to go around. You can pick the trail up but make sure you hang to the right when you come upon a slight Y in the trail. The trail to the right is over grown with tall grass but once you get through that then you’ll be golden. If you’re making your way through lots of overgrown bushes then you may want to check your map (speaking from experience here). Several streams for dogs to cool their paws because of yesterday’s rain.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

This trail was very challenging because of how steep it was. There are lots of rocks and boulders, and you go over a couple of streams, walking on logs. Lots of shade, which was nice. Very good exercise, but I felt that the moderate rating should be more like moderate+, though I saw a lot of children on the trail. Horses and dogs are allowed on the trail, so there is quite a bit of horse manure and the occasion dog pile you must avoid. We ended up not doing the entire trail, but instead turned off about half way up to go see the falls. That made the difficult hike worth it. Very beautiful and refreshing. WARNING: When we reached the waterfall, we saw a young man lying at the base of it, badly hurt. He had fallen from the top of the waterfall (about 60+ feet). He had to be life-flighted out. I tried to get where he was, to help the others who were helping him, as I am trained in first aid/cpr, but the rocks were very, very slippery, even when dry. Please be careful if you venture to the actual falls. All in all, a nice hike, especially if you want a good work out. The round trip from the falls is about 2.5-3 hours.

Wed Aug 15 2018

decent quick hike. hiked in, had lunch and enjoyed the falls. easy trail with a little elevation. saw toddlers having no issue.

hiking
Thu Jun 14 2018

Should have came earlier, but had enough water for both of us and dogs. This is more of a moderate 1/2 then moderate. Glad for the shade, and for a couple that was coming down told us of a nice place above the falls.

hiking
Sat Jun 02 2018

Two stars for the trail and five stars for the view at the top. The trail is extremely rocky (you hike in a dry creek, not next to it). There is still a very smelly dead horse about 3/4 mi up the trail, as well as a smelly dead deer with a thousand flies eating it about 7/8 of the way up the trail. Beware if you have a dog. The higher up you get the more open and beautiful the scenery becomes. The meadow at the top is lovely with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. There was a little snow the last 1/4 mile, but you can skirt around it if you want. My puppy had a blast playing in it.

hiking
Mon May 28 2018

This trail is hard hike up. Beautiful trail.

Sat May 26 2018

Steep and yes dry at the bottom. But get up higher and you get into lusher vegetation. Great to explore around the falls. I’ve done this many times hiking and even on my mountain bike. Fun hike with a friend.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

Hiked and snowshoed to the falls and beyond. Very nice when the water is running high

Sun Jul 30 2017

Dead horse on the trail about half mile in

Sat Jul 15 2017

Very beautiful!

Mon Jul 03 2017

Great hike! Ended up taking the trail over the saddle and down through Granite Flat to Tibble Fork. Lots of wildflowers, very lush and beautiful.

running
Tue Apr 04 2017

Condition report: the trail has only a few small patches of packed snow up to the 7200 ft elevation level (near the upper turnoff to the falls). Above that it's a 50/50 mix of packed snow and muddy trail. At 7600 ft the mud ended and it turned into a snowfield, but that's also where the boot track ended and the snow got soft. I didn't go up any further.

hiking
Wed Feb 01 2017

Passed a lot of trail riders with their horses on this trail, growing up with horses this did not bother me at all. I passed just a few other hikers mainly lower down by the head of the trail. Came a crossed a girl a few miles up closer to where you could see the falls who was also wondering how to actually get to the falls. ​ The picture I took from the distance dose not do justice to them and I still wish I could have reached them.

snowshoeing
Sat Jan 21 2017

Great Trail that easy to follow in several feet of powder. It was a banner week for snow on this trail. We were breaking trail in mid thigh deep snow. It was amazing. Snowed the entire time so were were not able to see anything because of the low ceiling. Wanted to get up to the summit but breaking trail with that slowed us down and was too tiring and ran out of time. Can't wait to try this trail in the summer and go all the way to Box Elder Peak. Go very early or late. There were over 100 people carrying sleds, disks etc planning on sliding down. Glad we were going down while they were all still going up. It wouldn't be fun dodging sleds on snowshoes going up.

hiking
Sun Oct 30 2016

Just completed this today with the whole family. Packed up our toddlers on our backs and our older kids, 9 and 10 years old, did great! The trail is rocky but a nice steady incline. Not too slippery for us. You cross a small stream towards the top and we kept mostly to the left. We went off to the left and stopped at the lookout at the end of the hike and you get a great view of Horsetail Falls. Nice views, saw a group on horses on the way. Perfect Saturday getaway!

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