Porter Fork Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Porter Fork Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river 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

river

wild flowers

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
14 days ago

9.5.2017 | 30lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Bug Repellent

This trail should be split into the road portion and the actual hiking portion. The majority of reviews (and even my first experience) are about walking the 1.5-mile paved road. The trail to the pass is another 2 miles, making this a 7-mile round-trip affair.

The actual trail starts by crossing a river (or dry ravine depending on season) and continues through forest and beautiful aspen groves. Eventually, you emerge into overgrown basin meadows with striking cliff views (long pants and bug repellent here)! The trail eventually connects with Desolation Trail and that will lead you up to the pass.

Unfortunately, the air was smoggy/smokey so views weren't as good as they could've been but I was glad to have finallly seen this trail in all its glory. I believe you can follow the ridgeline to Mt Raymond which I will definitely go back to attempt.

This is a hard trail (made harder by my pack) and my GSD and I were absolutely beat by the end of it. Take plenty of water as there's no access after the initial river crossing and enjoy something a little different!

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is great for a quick workout. A creek runs along the road, which is always cool. The road is shaded for much of the day, which was great during summer. I've been 5 times this summer and never saw more than 2 cars and 4-5 people on the road. I haven't gone all the way up the trail, but mile and a half or so I did go was a nice mix of steeper and less steep climbs. It's also great for a snowshoe in the winter. I found it more crowded during the winter months than summer and there is often no parking near the trailhead in winter.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month 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
2 months ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike for a quick workout.

3 months ago

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

hiking
8 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
9 months ago