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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Dog Lake from Mill Creek Canyon Trail
A Moderate Hike in Mill Creek Canyon
Dog Lake From Mill Creek Canyon
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  • 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" trailhead

dog lake 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.

Dogs on the trail 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.

Dogs on the trail 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.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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