Porter Fork Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Porter Fork Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3316 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Via Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.2 miles up the canyon to Porter Fork turnoff. Park along Mill Creek Road, vehicle access up to Porter Fork Road is permitted only to Porter Fork residents. Walk up Porter Fork Road until pavement ends about 1.25 miles. Trail begins here and follows the jeep road. Access #2: Via Desolation Trail: In Mill Creek from Thayne Canyon; in Big Cottonwood Canyon from Mill B North Fork, Butler Fork, or Mill D North Fork Trail.

hiking
15 days ago

walking
16 days ago

Hard to call it a hike since it was paved. But I did the 1.5 miles up the road to the trailhead. It was intense with a toddler in a stroller and a 6 week old in a carrier. Passed 3 cars, and a few other hikers. It was a great workout for me.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with lots of shade. I didn't mind the pavement road.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

the first 1.5 miles is on a paved road, do not exactly "hikey."

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike for a quick workout.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is paved almost the entire way to the pass. It is a continuously uphill. It didn't really feel like an adventure. It is a great leg workout... especially if you enjoy walking up a street for 1 hour passing beautiful water run off.

3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail in the winter. No need to snowshoes. The trail is packed down by skiers and snowboarders, just be wary of them. They don't have the same stopping and maneuverability you do.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

walking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

6.22.2016

When I walked this in June, access to the upper portion of the canyon was closed so I randomly chose somewhere to explore. This trail is kind of tucked away and you have to walk around a gate to get to the "trailhead". This is a paved road that passes cabins. As this was my first time ever in Mill Creek Canyon I figured I'd just ended up on a country road but apparently it does lead to a dirt hiking trail. This was a great evening stroll and is enough of an incline to feel like you're working out. Whether you make it to the dirt trail or not, the paved portion is peaceful.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not the nature walk we had hoped for due to all the cabins and walking on an asphalt road. Because of the extreme heat and steepness we never quite made it to where the trail turns into a dirt trail. We did enjoy the wild flowers and listening to the water the entire walk.