South Willow Canyon via Mining Fork Trail

HARD 4 reviews
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South Willow Canyon via Mining Fork Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grantsville, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,503 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

views

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Head west on I-80 and take the Stansbury-Tooele exit. Follow the signs to Grantsville. In Grantsville turn south on Cooley Street and head out of town. Turn west on the South Willow Canyon Road and take it to the junction with Mining Fork Road. Follow Mining Fork Road to the end where the trail begins heading west from the end of the road. Access #2: Via Stansbury Crest Trail. Follow directions above to South Willow Canyon Road. Follow it to the end at the trailhead sign. Take the Mill Fork Trail to the junction of Dry Lake Trail. Follow the Dry Lake Trail to its junction with Stansbury Crest Trail then head north on the Stansbury Crest Trail to Mining Fork Trail. The distance from trailhead to junction with Mining Fork is about 3.5 miles.

hiking
1 day ago

I am a local. This trail used to be traveled by horses, dogs, people and it was a nice friendly place to go. Now it is full of people who think that horses and dogs are a nuisance to nature. There is no respect for the local culture and nature. Many have come and left trash everywhere. They think that they own our land - the land that used to be free of fee charges to camp.

hiking
14 days ago

Very great Trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

I backpacked to South Willow Lake. Beautiful wild flowers throughout the entire hike. Very scenic. The lake was crystal-clear and great for swimming.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Constant elevation gain, not too pretty of a trail. People bring horses up it regularly, so it tears up the trail. Moderate, not a hard trail.