Mineral Fork Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Mineral Fork Trail is a 9.3 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 accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3589 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Salt Lake City: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 6.1 miles up the canyon to Mineral Fork Canyon. The trail begins on the south side of the highway where Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and the Mineral Fork road meet.

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5 months ago

As of May this trail is closed

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5 months ago

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Long and hard but worth it. Trail is wide and easily followed. It can get a little hairy at times though as the best way to describe it is that it is like walking through a dried up creek bed. Lots of large loose rocks. Switchbacks towards the top aren't too steep though there is lots of loose shale. Views from the top mine location are spectacular. Even saw some mountain goats on the cliffs at the top. I tracked the trip down and it was closer to 6 miles from the top to the road. I would say the whole trail there and back is just under 12 miles.

Monday, August 08, 2016

The trail is closer to 5.8 up so total is closer to 12 miles in and out. longer than expected but great one.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Friday, June 03, 2016

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

lovely spring day, we went 2.5 miles up, occasionally in 1-2 inch deep water, glad for poles. as you get toward the mine, there is snow up to the ridgeline. Aspen starting to green up. next time I will bring my water filter since so much available.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Still heaps of snow pack the further up you get. It was all good till I got to a point about 1.5 miles up that had deep snow with what was essentially a small stream running under it.

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Great hike. Started at 7 and hiked by headlamp for the first hour. Trail was well packed with a couple of inches of new snow. Hiked to Wasatch mine just as the clouds started breaking up and saw some blue sky. Didn't see anyone on the trail until we started clown. Then it was a steady stream of people.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Rocky trail, but about 3/4 mile up the creek actually went down the trail a bit. It's worth wading through it to get so a very cool waterfall. Some spots might be a bit much for kids. Mostly easy with a couple moderate areas. Loved it!

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