Upper Big Water to Dog Lake

MODERATE 29 reviews

Upper Big Water to Dog Lake is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

Big Water Trail (3.0 miles) The Big Water trail may be longer than its sister trail Little Water Gulch, but Big Water is no where near as steep. Perhaps Millcreek Canyon's most popular trailhead is the Big Water Trailhead. Located at the end of the narrow summer road (approx 9 miles from the base of the canyon) is the main parking lot. This large trailhead has several overflow parking lots available but even they can and do fill up on weekends. From the upper most parking lot starts the 2 main trails, which are the Little Water Gulch and Big Water Gulch trails. These 2 trails provide access to Dog Lake, Little Water Peak, Reynolds Peak, The Desolation Trail as well as Upper Millcreek Canyon. For mountain bikers the extra distance is worth the lack of climbing over the steps of Little Water Trail. This trail tends to traverse its way across Big Water Trail as it slowly makes its approach up to Dog Lake. The large pine trees and thick forest growth that line the trail keep the summer sun and heat at bay, making this trail perfect for the dead of summer. From November 1st to July 1st the summer road of Millcreek Canyon is snow-coverd and closed to vehicle traffic. During these months just getting to the trailhead is a 5 mile trek.

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Probably my favorite Wasatch trail - you can do this portion just up to Dog Lake, or go on from there to Desolation Lake - that's what I just did (this is part of the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run that I did several times in the early 90's). Good trail, runnable in many sections, beautiful vistas of the Wasatch ranges separating Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon on the newly cut trail from Dog Lake to Desolation (take the left fork just out of Dog Lake - bypassing the dive down to the Mill D trail and the climb back up again). Incredible wildflowers. A stellar afternoon.

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Beautiful views, shaded areas, path not too rocky. Dog Lake, at the end of the trail, is pretty big. My dog and I really enjoyed it.

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Excellent hike, my dachshund loved this one. It's not a crazy elevation gain and I'd rate it easy. Beautiful lake to see at the end, I'd like to hike it from Big Cottonwood Canyon side now!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Easy hike with great views.

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Monday, September 19, 2016