- Mill Creek Canyon
- 14 mile roundtrip
- Elevation Change:
- 600 feet
- Mid-April to November
DescriptionIn the lower half of Salt Lake City's Mill Creek Canyon is the Mill Creek Pipeline trail. It's a great lower-altitude alpine bike ride. This narrow single-track is usually open by mid-April and stays clear of snow until November. Several trails connect the Mill Creek road to the trail, allowing riders to pick up the trail and bail out at four locations. Out-and-back, it's 14 miles. In this picture, you're looking across the canyon from the trail.
The trail bed is firm, giving good support to your tires even when wet. This is an excellent early-season ride.
Dogs are allowed in Mill Creek Canyon. Be sure Fido is compatible with other mutts. You''re sure to run into a few of them. Even on weekdays, the trail sees fairly heavy use. Be courteous. And be smart. The ER sees occasional head-on collisions by bikers speeding on this trail.
Except for the descent into Burch Hollow (about 600 feet vertical), there isn''t much elevation change on the Pipeline trail. At the Salt Lake end of the trail, there''s a fabulous overlook of the valley.
While most of the Pipeline is easy cruising, we wouldn''t recommend taking a newbie down Rattlesnake Gulch. This descent is advanced technical. When the dust gets deep and slippery, Rattlesnake can be a white-knuckle slide for the best riders.
Fiscal Note: There''s a $2.25 fee per car, payable as you leave the canyon. It doesn''t cost anything if you ride your bike up -- it only costs if you take a car into the canyon.