Three top Salt Lake City trails to hike together

Kurt Repanshek,  –  June 2, 2005


A pup’s gotta run, especially in summer. My English springerspaniel, Roscoe, considers the vast open spaces that surround SaltLake City and Park City, Utah, his own private exercise grounds.Here are our three favorite destinations.

Beaver Creek Trail
Near the western edge of the Uinta Mountains, this routeoffers a stream to splash in and acre after acre of mountainside toroam. Towering pine and fir trees add to the ambience.

LENGTH: 8 miles one way.

LEASHES: Not required, but keep your dog under control andwatch out for sections of barbed-wire fence along the way.

DIRECTIONS: From Kamas, 11 miles east of Park City via State248, take the Mirror Lake Hwy. (State 150) east 6 miles to thetrailhead parking area.

CONTACT: Kamas Ranger District (435/783-4338).

Donner-Reed/Mormon Trail
Trees, sweet-smelling sagebrush― what’s a dog not tolike? This aspen-lined National Historic Trail dates to 1847, whenthe Mormon pioneers first reached the Salt Lake Valley. Your dogwon’t appreciate East Canyon’s rich history, but you certainlywill.

LENGTH: The trail stretches for miles, but dogs are allowedonly on the first 4 miles of the hike due to restrictions in theSalt Lake watershed.

LEASHES: Recommended but not required.

DIRECTIONS: From the Jeremy Ranch exit (143) on I-80, turnnorth and drive under the interstate to the four-way stop. Turnleft, go about 200 yards, and take your first right onto JeremyRd., which leads about 1 mile through a subdivision to the mouth ofEast Canyon. Dirt-covered East Canyon Rd. runs 4 miles to MormonFlat and the trailhead. From the parking area, cross the footbridgeover East Canyon Creek to the trail.

CONTACT: Public Lands Information Center (801/466-6411).

The Pipeline Trail
Mill Creek Canyon offers a potpourri of dog-friendly trails;the Pipeline Trail is a top pick because of its level path andgreat views down the craggy canyon. The 0.5- mile-long connectortrail up Rattlesnake Gulch is steep in places, but once on thePipeline Trail, you can head west to a nice overlook of the SaltLake Valley or venture east, deeper into the canyon.

LENGTH: 5.5 miles one way.

LEASHES: Mandatory on evennumbered days; optional onoddnumbered days.

DIRECTIONS: From Salt Lake City, head south on I-215; exitat 3300 South and proceed south on Wasatch Blvd. to 3800 South.Turn left onto Mill Creek Canyon; the trailhead is 11/2 miles upthe road on the left side.

CONTACT: Public Lands Information Center (801/466-6411).

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