Millcreek Canyon, Northern Utah
Big mountains, pine trees, and perhaps moose, deer, or elk.
5.7 miles round trip.
2 - 4 hrs
Dogs must be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days and may be off-leash on odd days ONLY. Dogs must be leashed on all days in developed areas: picnic grounds, parking lots, roads, and housing developments. Dogs are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon just over the ridge.
$3 per car.
No water. Various small streams cross the path for the first half of the hike.
Early summer or Autumn.
Any. Rangers stop charging fees after around 10pm. Just saying...
Good. There is a clear trail, with signs at crossroads.
Canyon group sites range from $35 - $60. Backcountry camping is allowed but must be at least 1/2 mile off the road and 200 feet from developed areas and water. Check for fire restrictions, which are frequent.
Sturdy shoes or boots are needed. A jacket may be nice in spring or fall due to wind once you are up on the ridges.
The Bowman Trail is a great secret up Millcreek canyon. It is moderately and consistently steep, has great views, and can be a half day or full day hike. It is similar to the popular Desolation Trail, which is near the mouth of the canyon, only with far fewer people on it. And it is more isolated from the city, giving you a greater sense of wilderness.
Turn off Main Road: 40.699980°, -111.716432°
Trailhead: 40.696861°, -111.716073°
Overlook: 40.680992°, -111.695222°
The trail starts already in pine trees. The pines grow thicker and taller as you go.
The first leg of the hike is fairly flat, but once you cross the stream it will shortly head up the mountain steeply.
The trail climbs to the shoulder of the ridge and then flattens out a bit.
We stopped at the basin overlook. The trail pushes up through a grove of aspens, popping us out on a small bare ridge. It has great views and is a very pretty spot.
There were tons of flowers around as well.
Again, I started at the top and tracked our way back down.
We had worked out as much as we wanted to, and had time to. So we headed back down the trail as the sun set.
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This was a great hike. I loved the views, the lack of people, and the fresh air. I plan on doing it again in 2015 and going a little farther to the Baker Mine. Stay tuned.