Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Salt Lake City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Dogs are allowed on odd numbered days

Hiked this today and this hike was definitely a challenge... it didn’t waste anytime making you climb 3,000 feet. Once you get out of the dense canopy/trees, you have awesome views of the mountains down below. Once you get to the basin, there’s a ton of pretty wildflowers. The view from the top made it well worth it-360 view of everything down below. Would recommend for average-above average hikers.

Omg, this trail was very challenging in places and incredibly beautiful! Lots of wild flowers and cute little bees pollinating. Plenty of shade in certain areas, and once you make it to the top, the view was epic! I will definitely be doing this one again. Make sure to bring lots of water. We weren’t planning to do such an intense hike today and so didn’t plan appropriately and ran out of water at the top. Had to make it all the way back down with no water . Thank god for the shade! Very steep in places, but so rewarding!

Had to park on the road, typical for a Saturday. What I love about this trail is there’s no lead up or long approach to the steep trail. You start climbing right after the parking lot. Definitely a hard trail but can be done by most in average health, with frequent stops (like me). You can climb 2 peaks on this route. Lots of rocks and boulders to cross. Great hike to wear your approach shoes on!
I came back via Blood lake, didn’t want to try and navigate the steep slopes down on the out/back route.

Loved it. Very easy hike even for a beginner like me. Parts of it are steep but I went up and down in like half an hour. Good for a nice workout.

Though we've walked this trail many times, this is the first time we stayed past dark. It's amazing to watch the city light up after dark. It may be a good place for stargazing too. Keep in mind in the summer, since it gets dark later to park in the right spot so you don't get ticket. After 10pm they issue parking tickets of $30. (Which rise all the way to $150 if not paid within a particular time period.)

Early 7 am start. One hour each way. Cool at top with beautiful view. Bugs weren’t a problem. Get to parking lot before 7 am on weekday and spaces are available. Steep slippery conditions coming down a little hard on the knees.

Nice paved hike. Inclined at some areas but not bad

I thought the view was great but there was graffiti and trash all over. Kind of disappointing. And, while labeled easy, it’s a bit of a uphill and not easy for many.

4 days ago

Beautiful views! A lot of shade, but also a few places with full sun. Many mountain bikers on the trail, which is tricky as some parts are very narrow and really only for one person. I heard rattlesnakes but never saw them. Also passed a large pack of young cub scouts at the trailhead shared with Grandeur — easy to continue on to other trails there. The views are stunning.

Good workout w/ rewarding view @ the end.

5 days ago

Beautiful! You can use the paved road that goes into the park. There are shaded areas, especially as it starts out. However there were a lot of mosquitoes, gathered around along the creek and anywhere there was standing water. Sometimes they were in swarms and relentless. The bikers could easily zoom through, but, as I was on foot, I ran through them! I did not have mosquito repellent on, so next time, I will be sure to use some! Otherwise very pretty area and views of the canyon.

Easy hike to the top at Ensign Peak! Beautiful views! A bit rocky but somewhat easy to navigate. Also a fun place to watch planes take off in the distance. Beautiful view of The Great Salt Lake.

trail running
6 days ago

Nice hike with pretty views. Steep ascent. Going down, saw a big rattler though. :/

Very steep. Great views the whole hike and amazing wildflowers.

Beautiful, mostly shaded trail. The wild flowers are amazing! Dogs are allowed off leash on odd number days. The trail is steep almost the entire trail but the views are worth it. The gate that allows you to park right at the trail head doesn't open until 8 AM, but we parked on the road and walked up to the trail head. There is a $3 fee for each vehicle that you pay as you are exiting Mill Creek Canyon and they accept cards. I would definitely do this hike again! Maybe I'll head back this fall.

Gorgeous trail, and one I would definitely do again. The wildflowers are coming out right now, making it an especially good time to go. FYI: I would rate this trail as "highly trafficked." My husband felt like we were on a highway. We backpacked in and then camped at the top, and people were at the lake until the dark was settling in and again the next morning by 7 a.m. Not the place to go for solitude.

7 days ago

Loved this trail today! Walked about 1.5 miles up a paved road from Mill Creek Canyon Rd to the trail head - the road goes through the woods and along a creek, and has little traffic. The lower part of the trail continues through the woods, with nice shade for a hot summer day. The upper part starts criss-crossing alpine meadows, more sun-exposed and full of wildflowers at this time of year. Also lots of butterflies all along the trail. The vegetation got dense alongside the trail in the meadows, but not to the point that it was difficult to follow the trail, and I felt fine in shorts despite plants rubbing against my legs. Also quite a few flies but not to the point that I felt motivated to put on bug spray. The trail meets up with the Destination Trail, so a loop is possible (would need to walk a mile back up Mill Creek Canyon Rd to the Porter Fork Trail if hiking down Destination). Looks like a loop would also be possible with Bowman Fork Trail. On the trail part of Porter Fork, on the way up (starting at 10:30 am) crossed paths with a man and his dog, and a group of four people (they told me I was the first person they had seen), and on the way down crossed paths with a couple and their dog, so very lightly trafficked even on a summer Sunday.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Good trail. the climb was too steep for me but I'm a beginner.

Fun and beautiful hike, but it was pretty hard and the steepest part is at the end. Definitely took more than an hour.

Beautiful hike with lots of shade. If you hike on an even day there are lots of mountain bikes. Go early on the weekend because parking fills quickly. By 10 AM they were ticketing folks who parked illegally.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Beautiful trail with awesome views. A bit dusty, but it's been dry.

Beautiful hike, definitely more moderate thanks to the gain in elevation for a short distance, but not grueling. There’s a good mix of the trail that’s both shaded and open. Lots of wildflowers toward the top! The only reason I’m giving it four stars instead of five is because there’s no good place to rest and LOTS of bugs among the wildflowers at the top, so I ended up hiking right back down after I started getting eaten by flies.

The drive up offers pretty awesome views alone. The trail is used by bikers but it is easy to follow with a gentle gradient just right for small kids. The views along the trail amazing and this trail is well worth the trip for a quick hike.

It is a pretty difficult trek up, but beyond worth it. More than just a cute statue and mailboxes. Make a little time to hang out at the peak for a bit, you'll want to. There's a few false ridges so don't get in your head, if you see a peak you think is it, it's probably not so just assume you've got further to hike. Happy trails(:

A great quick morning hike that'll get your heart pumping. Lots of runners and bikers around here and very dog friendly

Usually it's pretty crowded. But a nice, quick, relatively easy hike to do after work with your dog.

11 days ago

Steep with numerous areas of loose gravel and dust. Views are spectacular - numerous lakes below on both sides of the trail. Flowers are in bloom, which is good, but with the flowers comes swarms of butterflies, bees and flies. Nothing was biting, but the constant "buzzing" sound got old.

I found a hat and sunglasses up near the top of Guardsman Pass on Sunday 7/8. If they are yours message me describing your items and I can get them back to you.

road biking
12 days ago

Yes while the trail-head is closed to construction you can turn west down the street with the street just north of the Credit Union into the Old Mill Business Park. Then turn south at the round-a-bout and go through the packing lot and across Big Cottonwood Creek. Then turn right (west) and drive through the parking garage. Park at the end of the parking lot and you are less that 50 feet from the Trail Sign that is under the I-215 belt route.

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