Porter Fork Trail

MODERATE 29 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.

7.0 miles
3316 feet
Out & Back


trail running

cross country skiing


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.

7 days ago

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

17 days ago

21 days ago

25 days ago

Great hike for a quick workout.

29 days ago

1 month 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.

2 months ago

5 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.

10 months ago

11 months ago


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.

11 months ago

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

We thought was great work out pushing baby carriage up and down.... Would be nicer if more solitude don't really feel like in nature on the paved part

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

A very beautiful hike. A lot of uphill but we ended up at the base of Mt. Olympus. Great walk through cabin area on pavement and then turns into a trail that is a steep grade at times. Very wooded and lightly traveled in this Saturday that we did it. We only saw five hikers on the dirt trail.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

trail running
Sunday, July 19, 2015

On paved surface in the beginning. After a mile or so it turned to rocky trail with steep uphill. Then it gets flatter and leas rocky over time. Bugs are a problem in the summer. Well shaded until the end. During the summer, vegetation is slightly better controled than the ones nearby.