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Elbow Fork to Lambs Canyon Pass

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Elbow Fork to Lambs Canyon Pass is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,459 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Start at the Elbow Fork trail-head and turn right just before just before the bridge where a trail sign indicating where the Lambs Canyon Trail and The Mount Aire Trail seperate. NOTE: There is a locked winter gate that is only open from July 1 thru November 1.

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over grown
9 days ago

The trail from East Millcreek Canyon to Neff Canyon trailhead was a little steep but in good condition, in the shade, and very few rocks. At the Neff Canyon and Millvue Peak trail head, the Millvue Peak trail was not very well marked and the trail was overgrown. The trails where snow free and dry.

Great trail but add about 3 miles round trip until the gates open up at the end of the month (1.5 miles to the trailhead and 1.5 miles back). Trail is easy to follow and well shaded with wildflowers. Pretty nice view from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail; very green and lots of wildflowers. Trail was mostly dry except for a few small muddy patches. The end of this trail (where the trail splits off to Lamb's canyon) opens up somewhat and you can see the valley. The view at the top isn't as spectacular as some, but the beauty of the trail itself makes this an outstanding hike. Would highly recommend.

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8 months ago

Trail rated as moderate but I feel like it's pretty steep for a good part of the way. It follows a drainage for the first little bit. I only made it 1/2 way on this trip because I have a healing blister on my heel that opened up and I had to turn around. Most of the color is gone now. This is my 2nd try on this hike...went with a group over the summer but didn't finish due to a member of the group having trouble. Don't know if I will ever get back up this one...there are other trails around that I enjoy more.

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over grown
8 months ago

Definitely a steep hike, but it was fun and quick. My dogs had a good time, but the trail is narrow and lined with vegetation so it’s hard to know when you’re approaching another person/dog, so just be aware of that (my dog got spooked by a surprise hiker a couple of times). With a 30 minute snack break at the top it took 3 hours. Pretty even sun/shade split. We hiked from 11:30-2:30 and I was only hot on the switchbacks on the way up. Nice hike if you like a leg workout!

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muddy
8 months ago

A bit muddy in places but great mountain views.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail / hike with my Aunt ! Nice steady climb that is rewarded with excellent views !

hiking
9 months ago

There’s some varying information about the actual length of this hike, but it’s a good one! Pretty steep, but incredibly lush on the way up. There isn’t much of a view at the top, and the trail connects to another headed toward Lambs Canyon Road, but it’s well worth the trek.

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over grown
10 months ago

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over grown
10 months ago

Very steady climb throughout, great workout! A little overgrown at the end. Finish point doesn’t have much of a view but the return leg is beautiful the whole way (given you’re head down humphing it on the way up!). Runs alongside a stream for much of it, handy for the pup. Decently trafficked by other hikers throughout.

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10 months ago

Great trail! Starts out fairly easy and gets steeper as you go. Beautiful views with the wild flowers, stream, trees and Mountain View’s. As you get to the top, it is very over grown and have to go through some vegetation. Totally worth it!!

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bugs
11 months ago

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11 months ago

The snow is all gone, getting over grown, but still a fun hike. LOTS of wildflowers. Don’t expect a big view at the top, you’ll have to bushwhack to a nearby peak to get some real views.

Mon Jun 03 2019

Nice, steady incline all the way up. There is still some snow along the trail - maybe a 1/4 mile from the fork to lambs canyon trail / milvue peak. Should be easy to continue through, but the pup wasn't feeling the snow today so we turned around there.

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Mon May 27 2019

1.5 miles to start of hike from first gate (still closed for winter). Great hike! Some snowpack at the ridge line but mostly clear. We only passed 3-4 other hikers once on the trail. Had fun with our pups and they liked the access to water along the trail.

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snow
Sat May 25 2019

I think during the warmer months, this trail would be wonderful! We didn’t make it all the way to the top due to the very slippery slushy snow. However, it was a nice trail and super gorgeous.

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muddy
snow
Sat May 11 2019

Did as part of a Lambs- Elbow one way. Lots of snow, but this side can at least follow the trail to the summit. The other side, can lose the trail.

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Mon Oct 01 2018

Loved this hike. We loved the fall colors.

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Sat Sep 29 2018

Steady incline the whole way up the trail, but not bad since it is only 2 miles to the top. Pretty shaded most of the trail. Pretty views all the way to the top.

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Sat Sep 08 2018

Dogs do not have to be on a leash on odd days

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Fri Jul 13 2018

Beautiful hike, definitely more moderate thanks to the gain in elevation for a short distance, but not grueling. There’s a good mix of the trail that’s both shaded and open. Lots of wildflowers toward the top! The only reason I’m giving it four stars instead of five is because there’s no good place to rest and LOTS of bugs among the wildflowers at the top, so I ended up hiking right back down after I started getting eaten by horse flies. Definitely won't be forgetting my bug spray next time!

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Mon May 21 2018

Went on a Sunday evening from 7-8:00ish. The road to the trail was fenced off about 1.5 miles before the start. It is open to cars Jul 1- Nov 1. The trail was very cool and nicely shaded. Very gradual beginning of the trail with some moderately steep points. Lots of great views as you go and lots of sunlight even for so late in the evening. When we went we didn’t see a single other person so we may look to trail run here in the future. A bit muddy but I think it had rained earlier.

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Tue Apr 03 2018

It’s a great hike from both directions. I enjoy the shade and great foliage in the summer in Lambs Canyon. In the winter, hike up Millcreek Canyon from the gate and snowshoe Elbow Fork. Few people do this, watch for moose.

Tue Oct 17 2017

Did this hike the first week of October. Very beautiful fall colors. Nice hike, easy for all skill levels. Would repeat.

Sat Oct 14 2017

Two inches of snow on the trail made for slippery footing in the morning and mud in the afternoon.

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Sat Aug 19 2017

Steep all the way up, but shady and beautiful.

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Mon Sep 05 2016

Nice enough section of trail. I'd say there are prettier trails elsewhere in Mill Creek though. Makes for 1/2 of a nice traverse over the pass and down Lambs Canyon.

Sun Sep 04 2016

Very nice trail for carrying baby in carrier and having dog off leash. Water most of the way, good shade, great views of gobblers knob-to-Mt Aire near the top

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Tue Jul 12 2016

Super Great hike. The six year old did well, the four year old had to be carried. A pretty steep trail until you get to the ridge where you are in damp vegetation and battling flying bugs. With all that said, I loved it. Tremendous views from the top, well worth it.

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