A Moderate Hike in Mill Creek Canyon
- Length: 6 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 1200 ft
- Highest Elevation: 8,780 ft
- Trailhead: 9 miles into Big Cottonwood Canyon, designated as "Mill D North"
There are actually several lakes named Dog Lake in Utah. There are even two in the Wasatch. But the
Dog Lake of this article is the one where actual dogs are allowed to visit.
This trail has several trailheads, both in Big Cottonwood Canyon and also in MillCreek Canyon. The Big
Cottonwood side is for people only, the Mill Creek side allows other critters. It is a popular hike for
various modes of travel (hiking, biking and horseback riding), and is also dog-friendly.
You will have company on this trail, but if you are a dog lover, it will be fun to meet all the friendly
four-legged hikers as you stroll up the trail. If you are one of the lucky ones who can bring your canine
friends, please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after them. There are plastic bags provided at the
beginning of the trail for scooping up the treasures your little ones leave behind.
The hike is a a little longer than the others in the "easy" category, but the grade is an easy one which
makes the three miles up not seem so long, and watching the dogs frolic in the lake, catching sticks and
chasing each other around is an amusing site for the weary traveller. Take a seat on the shores and watch
the dogs for awhile while you rest and prepare for the journey back down the mountain
For more pictures from this hike, check out the
Hike Photo Gallery.