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Mt. Aire Hike – Mill Creek Canyon Utah
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Overview
Location

Millcreek Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah

Sights

Mt Aire
Lots of tall trees
Beautiful landscapes as far as the eye can see

Distance

I used my GPS and clocked it at about 3.4 miles round trip.
The sign post says its 2 miles to the summit from the trailhead but other hikers I spoke with said it seemed a little off

Parking Lot Elevation

6618 ft

Summit Elevation

8566 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

1948 ft

Time Required

It took me about 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to the summit so plan on 2+ hours round trip

Pets

Yes. Dogs are allowed but:
Dogs must be leashed on even number days.
Odd number days dogs may be off leash.

Fees

It is $3 to enter Millcreek Canyon which you pay on your way out at the guard station

Water Info

Bring 2 liters of water.
You will follow Elbow Fork Creek for a little ways

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall.
Millcreek closes down above the Maple Grove parking area November 1st until July 1st

Hours

Closed for winter.

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade on this hike

Trail Condition

Good dirt trail that is easy to follow.

Restrooms

Yes. Pit-style located at trailhead.

Food

Bring a meal and snacks as needed

Equipment

Good hiking shoes
Trekking poles

GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead: 40.70676, -111.68993
Mt Aire Summit: 40.72023, -111.69528

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Mt Aire

Let me start off by saying that this trail is very steep!  It starts off somewhat flat but then it quickly climbs and climbs until the summit.  By about 15 minutes into the hike I was sweating pretty good and I had to take off my jacket even though it was hovering around 40 degrees.

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The parking lot for the Mt. Aire trailhead is kinda small but there is extra parking across the street if needed.  There is a pit-style outhouse and some dog bags to use so you can pick up after your dog while hiking.  I noticed that this trail is very popular with people and their dogs.  I found more than 10 dog poop bags littered on the trail and there was only me and some random girl hiking it.  If you are going to hike with your dog don’t be a jerk, just pick it up and pack it out so the rest of us don’t step in it while we are taking pictures…

The trail begins without gaining in too much elevation and it was nice to just leisurely hike and take it all in.  I really liked hiking next to Elbow Fork creek for a good portion of the way too.  Also, you could smell fresh pine trees and needles for a good chunk of your hiking too!

Elbow Fork creek

Elbow Fork creek

The trail winds below these tall pine and aspen trees.  I should have hiked a few weeks earlier because there is this one hillside that is completely covered in aspen trees.  By the time I hiked this there were only a few trees left with leaves on them.

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You will quickly come to a fork in the trail.  The right trail leads to Lambs Canyon and the left trail continues on to Mt. Aire.

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After this, you will come to the first wood bridge.  Cross over and continue on up the trail.  This is where it will get steeper!  Press forward!

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You will come to another short bridge.  Elbow Fork Creek will be on your left side while you hike to the mountain saddle.

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It was very peaceful here and I quite enjoyed the fact that this trail isn’t as busy or popular as the other ones in Mill Creek Canyon.  I didn’t see too much wildlife either except for a grouse which I spooked out of the bushes as I was walking by.  I found signs of moose in the mud as it tromped along the trail too.  I guess it’s good to remember that even though it may not seem like it, this is moose country too!

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I kept finding these small black and blue dog poop bags all over the trail.  I was wondering if I was going to run into someone’s dog who may have been the one to use these bags.  Eventually I ran into a girl with two dogs but they weren’t the culprits.  It was bad enough that I kept stepping in dog poop that weren’t in bags…

Evidence

Evidence

Keep hiking up until you come to the mountain saddle which is at about the 1 mile marker of this trail.

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Once you arrive at the saddle you will see the trail splits to the left or right.  The left eventually goes to the top of the ridge and perhaps goes down to Grandeur Peak??  The right trail for sure goes up to Mt. Aire.  I spent some time here taking pictures of the incredible surroundings!

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Take the right trail and you will begin your first set of switch backs!  Don’t worry, these aren’t too steep but the trail is more narrow here.  And honestly, the trail was not all that pretty but the views the trail offered were absolutely amazing!

You will have about .75 more miles to hike until you summit Mt. Aire.

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Even though it was kind of cloudy, I got a great shot of Mt Olympus to the south.

Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus

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By now, my shirt was soaked with sweat and it was getting windy!  So I picked up the pace to get to the summit!  I was almost there by this point.

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When I was just about to reach the top I hiked to a ledge where I could almost see into Summit Park.

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Almost there…

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Finally made it! It was freezing!  I couldn’t stay too long because I just had a thin windbreaker jacket and a tshirt underneath.  The summit is unassuming and not as majestic as some of the other peaks in the area but it offers some pretty dang incredible views.

The summit of Mt. Aire is this pile of red rock

The summit of Mt. Aire is this pile of red rock

Looking at Stansbury Island

Looking at Stansbury Island

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I think this is Mt Raymond to the south

I think this is Mt Raymond to the south

Antelope Island

Antelope Island

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Kennecott tower

Kennecott tower

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It was time to head down before I started freezing to death!  By now, the sun was beginning to set and I tried to get some photos of the last of the leaves on the trees.

The trees are on fire!

The trees are on fire!

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The Return:

Head back down the same way.

Personal Thoughts:

This hike was a beautiful one!  Come and do this steep yet enjoyable hike!

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