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Terraces: Elbow Fork Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,860 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

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Getting There

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Follow Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.5 miles up the canyon to Terraces turnoff on the south side on the road. Follow the road up and then to the north end loop. Trail begins on the north end of the picnic area. Access #2: Via Elbow Fork. Take Mill Creek Canyon Road 6.1 miles up the canyon to Elbow Fork, the sharp right turn near the dam. Trail starts on south side of the road where the foot bridge crosses the creek.

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Marian Lewis
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this trail is narrow. it also has a lot over over growth at the highest point. several trees are blocking the trail at points on the hike. also the the trail gets slanted at times.

Bert Ankrom
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Hiking

Hiked this as part of a Lambs Canyon to to Mill B section hike. I liked the green mossy forest. Seems there was some kind of rock slide a century or so ago that made the landscape.

Fabian Liesner
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Hiking

Trailhead (and parking) is a quarter mile off Millcreek Canyon Road, so make sure to read the signs and save yourself the confusion ;) Trail is nice and shady, which makes it a good trail even during hot midday hour. Some of it is a bit slanted (just so you know in case you have sensitive ankles) and most of it is a narrow single trail. Couple of trees were in the way, so senior citizens beware. Generally, very good hiking though. The end of the trail is a little further up on Millcreek Canyon Road, but we went out and back on the trail with our dog who loved the off leash on odd days rule. Not too crowded, maybe 10 people in 3 hours. 7/9/2020

Samantha Samathanam
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Hiking

Dogs off leash odd days. Started at 10am on a Tuesday and didn’t see a single soul the entire time.

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Jason Nguyen
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Hiking

Reminds us of Kashyyk, home of the Wookiee. Beautiful, isolated.

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John Morey
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I had never been on this trail before. It does not lead to a summit, lake, or anything noteworthy. I entered from the Terraces parking lot and went to the end of the trail and then repeated it back. I was pleasantly surprised at the elevation and the workout from both sides. The top of the trail was just a blip. I saw 15 people from 7AM to 9:30AM while I hiked the trail and it was windless and beautiful

H Smith
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Hiking

We added some mileage to make this a loop by parking at the closed gate (closed until June 30) and walking up the road to the foot bridge. At the other end, we walked back down from the picnic area to the main road. This trail doesn’t have a summit but is beautiful and shady. Watch out for roots that can trip you.

Brandon Caldwell
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Hiking

My favorite way to experience this trail is to start at church fork on the pipeline and run to elbow fork. Cross the road and follow the terraces trail to the terraces picnic area. Down the road to the pipeline entrance again and back to church fork. The best part is the 1-1.5 miles center section in the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. I ran this route yesterday evening (7-8 mile loop) and only saw 3 people and 2 snakes (a medium bull snake and a smallish rubber boa). The rubber boa looked like a stick on the trail so keep and eye out not to step on them. This time of year it is nice and green and cool in the shade.

Kenna Lyman
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Hannah Ector
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Hiking

This wasn’t my favorite hike ever. The best view IMO is at the first overlook over the valley about a mile in. Take the little rocky path to the right for a good view of the canyon and valley. Other than that it’s very narrow and just not as pretty as many other hikes in Millcreek. It wasn’t busy at all- I saw maybe 4 people total. Trail is in good shape, minus several downed trees.

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Amy O'Connor
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Hiking

Great moderate hike. There are some steep parts, but nothing too terrible. Views are well worth the effort!!

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Nickolas O'Very
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Ryan Marr
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Not one of my favorites. The trail was pretty overgrown with quite a few trees down blocking the trail. Fairly icy and a lot of snow making it narrow. Not very scenic. 4/26/20

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Brian Southers
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Hiking

The second half of the trail is less traveled and so a little more difficult.

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Joe Kim
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beautiful. just beautiful.

Jeni Mitchell
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HikingSnow

Oh, I loved this trail!! Such great views and no one else on the trail...well, except a family of moose (mom, dad, and two babies). We had planned to hike to Elbow Fork and come down on the road to make a loop, but at the top (about a half mile from Elbow Fork) we discovered the family on the trail ahead of us. They didn't seem at all interested in moving along and Mama made it clear that we needed to turn around. We were more than happy to comply. So great, though! I definitely want to do this trail again!

Mallorie Anne Foutz
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Hiking

This is now one of my favorite trails I only saw one other person and my dog was able to be off leash and there is no bikes plus there is a river coming down the trail it’s perfect for dogs. The snow is pretty packed down so I didn’t need snowshoes. The views are amazing and pine trees are everywhere. If you don’t mind heights this hike is so worth it!

Matt Ruiz
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Mikala Jordan
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Loved it - hiked today on a cool winter day and never saw another person on the trail. The snow was packed down well (just don’t step off the trail - you’ll sink a lot!). I recommend hiking it from the western end up, as the views are all on the last third of the trail. I hiked back down the road instead of retracing my steps.

Joseph Engelman
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HikingOver grown

Love this trail so much! No bikes so dogs can always be off leash. There is a good incline on both ends of the trail but the middle is fairly level. Lots of trees and beautiful views. It was a little overgrown in some spots but completely passable.

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Tiffany Ung
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Challenging but well shaded so it was perfect. Peaceful and plenty of views to stop and take in. Lots of bugs. Lots of them. But worth it.

cathy h.
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Hiking

Probably hiked about 2 miles in from the Terraces trail head. Very nice trail, mostly shaded. Nice over.look. Dogs allowed off leash only on odd numbered days. Water much of the way.

S Howe
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Chris Jackson
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Great hike! Stick to liberty park Kristen!

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