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Mount Reynolds Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,925 ft Route type Out & Back
Cross country skiing Hiking Snowshoeing Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Fee No dogs
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Reynolds Peak is the highest point on the short ridge which divides Butler Fork from Big Cottonwood Canyon. The peak lies a short distance to the west of Dog Lake, a popular summer hiking and mountain biking destination. The peak is easily accessible from Big Cottonwood on the south or Mill Creek Canyon on the north. During the summer hiking season Reynolds Peak makes for an easy non-technical hike which can be completed in a couple of hours or less, an ideal summit destination for casual hikers. In the winter the peak and surrounding area is a very popular destination for backcountry skiiers, and also makes an excellent objective for winter snowshoeing, particularly when avalanche danger might make attempts at larger nearby peaks ill-advised.

Paved parking at all three trailheads. Restrooms at Mill D North Fork Trailhead on south side of the highway

Salt Lake Ranger District 6944 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 (801) 733-2676

Millcreek Canyon: Big Water Trailhead From I-215 on the east side of Salt Lake valley, take either the 3300 or 3900 South exit, and proceed east to Wasatch Boulevard. Follow Wasatch Boulevard to 3800 South, and look for signs to Mill Creek Canyon. Proceed 9.6 miles up Mill Creek Canyon to a parking area at the end of the road, and the Big Water Trailhead. Big Cottonwood Canyon: Mill D North Fork Trailhead From the 6200 South exit off I-215, head east and south on State Highway 190 for 2 miles to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon road. Turn left at the intersection and drive approximately 9.6 miles east to the Mill D North Fork Trailhead. Butler Fork Trailhead From the 6200 South exit off I-215, head east and south on State Highway 190 for 2 miles to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon road. Turn left at the intersection and drive approximately 8 miles east to the Butler Fork Trailhead and parking area, located on the left side of the road.

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Liza Young
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike until the final push. The views were great, looking down BCC and milcreek. I *may* have left a multicolor dog leash at the summit, if any kind person comes across it—could they place it at the trailhead and contact me? Much appreciated in advance!

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Michael Danner
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Hiking

Its been years since I last did this trail. The final approach has a well defined trail. now...there's also a box up top with a notebook to sign your name or leave a message...nice add on. The views up top are incredible. Definitely a Trail Less Traveled. Definitely worth a visit.

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Tamara Hass
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Late August. Thursday afternoon. Started at 6pm. At the top at 720. Enjoyed the views. Down by 915. Was walking back in the dark. The parking lot was full so had to park lower. This takes you to Dog Lake. The signs said big lake? Once there it can be a little tricky to find the trail up. GPS will help. If there were snow it'd be much harder. About 20 min hike from the lake to the peak. Beautiful views. Recommend!

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Mckay Chamberlain
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Hiking

Great trail for running. Be sure to go on evem days to avoid a swarm of mountain bikers. the trail is in good condition and the view at Mt Reynolds is breathtaking. Definitely recommend.

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Mallory
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HikingBugs

Gets really steep at the end but so worth it for the views at the top of Mount Reynolds

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Holly Walker
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I love this. I’ve only done it in winter but I hope to see it covered in wildflowers this summer. Great views of some distinct wasatch peaks

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Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

Nice hike from the Millcreek Canyon side to the top. Tried a little cross country back down for a change.

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Breck Tuttle
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Snowshoeing

Snowshoed up Mill D North fork to Mt Reynolds and made it a loop by going down Butler Fork. Nice views

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Dan Robrecht
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This might be an optimal way to hike Mt. Reynolds. To make a bit more of a loop, one could go up sticking with Big Water and down Little Water (the attached map shows down the first half of little water, than switching back to Big Water). These trails from the upper end of Mill Creek are very pretty, fairly easy (very well graded), shaded, and dogs are allowed. Technically your dog probably isn't allowed up Reynold's since it's in the Big Cottonwood drainage, but if your dog happens to follow you up, I doubt it would damage the SLC Watershed. Adding Reynold's to a Dog Lake hike is nice in that you get some views that you never really get on the way up to Dog Lake. Also, while that last section is steep, it's pretty short, so doesn't make for a difficult hike. Overall I would rate this as only moderate. There are numerous other ways to reach Reynold's - Mill D, Butler fork, Desolation, etc.

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Christopher B
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Oh.It's.Little.Legs. Gaby
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Jory 34
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Jamie Peterson
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John Nicholas
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Joshua Rogoff
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Ben Solomon
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