Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Great, easy trail and boardwalk around the lake. Surroundings were beautiful.

The wildflowers are stunning and are every bit as pretty and as many as other locations in the Wasatch Mountains. The difference—hardly any people because of the limited parking. We skipped the hike to Murdock Peak, went to the overlook instead and then hiked down the Great Western Trail to connect with another leg of the trail to dog lake. We logged 8.5 Miles. Fantastic!!!!

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.

One of my favorite favorite hikes! Flowers are stunning right now! My pups also love this trail-.plenty of water along the way right now!
FYI-loads of biting flies.remember the bug spray!

Did this going up to Dog Lake and did Little the last .5 miles down. It was a great hike, nice and cool. BUT for the love people: clean up after your dogs. Bag the poo and take the poo out.

This hike was the perfect challenge. 9 Miles RT and 2,500 elevation gain. It gradually climbed and was flat in some areas. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers everywhere. We hiked to desolation lake, up on top of the ridge and across.. I believe that’s the crest trail-and there’s beautiful views of park city on one side and desolation lake on the other side. We descended down bear trap fork. If you go early, you will see a ton of wildlife. We came across a bear going down bear trap right off the side of the trail(so be aware). This hike was amazing and we will be back!

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

All year round off leash dog trail. Super easy.

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.

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3 days ago

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

Once you reach the top it is amazing.

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.

With all of the hiking choices in Millcreek Canyon, I am not in a big hurry to do this one again. I was just out for some exercise this morning, so I hiked an hour up the trail. The first 8/10ths of a mile is a very steady climb, but then it levels off. After the climb, the portion that I hiked did not have much shade, and it was close enough to the Boy Scout camp that I could hear their music and cheers. When I try this trail again, I will start from the upper trailhead to see if I can find a more peaceful setting.

Beautiful hike! Super green right now. Steady uphill but not bad. Also, almost no shade mid afternoon so take plenty of water to drink. Should also note that lake is part of watershed and violations, such as swimming or taking dogs, are a class b misdemeanor.

I Just took my new Scott Aspect 21 speed mountain bike down Bobsled it was an epic ride. Definitely for advanced riders!

Road this trail with my children many years ago. My wife dropped us off that the top and we road downhill to the Affleck Park Campground

The wildflowers are simply splendid. Bikers are courteous for the most part but they really go fast and I consider them a hazard. I will try to schedule on odd days from now on.

This is a pretty easy hike. A steady climb on a well maintained trail. Nice bird activity and plenty of shade early in the morning.

7 days ago

Really nice trail with kids

lots of mountain bikers but they were courteous and announced their presence. If you are up for it, hike past the lake up to the crest for a beautiful view

Surprisingly steep, short distance at 1.8 miles. HOT on 2:30 pm on July odd day afternoon.
Lots of dogs but no bikes. Some shade throughout the trail. No sweeping vistas at the top. Nice views of surrounding peaks near the lake.

First I hiked to Lake Desolation and there is a second tail on the way down which takes you to Dog Lake. I decided to go on it because I was already there- Might as well. I’m so glad I did. NOT because it was nice, but because it was an underwhelming, small muddy pond. The two stars are for the wildflowers and butterflies, otherwise it would be a 1 Star.

This is a nice trail for running. Once you make your initial climb, you get some good straight shots. We hike from the church fork picnic area and come out at the big pipe with a great view of the valley. You can start climbing again from there or call it a day.

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8 days ago

As fun as it is at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, this is a bit crowded for my liking. Nice easy walk around the lake. Good mix of shade and sun. Easy path. But ultimately, not that rewarding.

Ok Hike. Not my favorite. Very few vistas of beautiful scenery. Lots of bikers. Many dogs have left fecal piles in the middle of the trails and owners obviously haven't the courtesy to pick them up. Dusty trail and Dog Lake is very anticlimactic.

such a fun trail. Its easy we went at 6 am on a sunday and only saw a couple other hikers. the lake is really pretty got awesome pictures. Also got to see a woodpecker and some deer.

This trail is beautiful, lots of wildflowers and it's very easy!

It's a short hike. Lovely view of the valley and great spot to enjoy sunset/sunrise.
However, there is always someone up there.

Beautiful lake. Flew my drone over it and got great footage. It’s just pretty crowded and I didn’t know this until the other day, but they don’t allow bikes on the trail... so if you planning to go on a small little bike ride with your family around the lake, it ain’t happening. But besides that it’s a pretty lake.

It was a nice shady trail to start out with a great view but overall I was disappointed by the lack of a nice resting place with shade on the final stretch and the fact that they charge $3 to drive up the canyon. I wouldn’t hike it again for those two reasons.

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