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Dog Lake (Big Water) Trail
The run up Big Water Trail to Dog Lake is one of the classic Salt Lake City rides. You're riding in woods of fir, maple, and aspen. The trail is smooth and fast and the slope isn't brutal, but remember you share this trail with a lot of hikers. Dog Lake is a total of 3.1 miles from the trailhead, with a total vertical rise of around 900 feet. Lake GPS is N 40 40.064' W 111 38.331'. Season July through October. There is a $3 per car fee to enter Mill Creek Canyon (2009).

Bikes are allowed on this trail ONLY on even-numbered days! 

After the first 1-1/2 miles, the Big Water trail separates from the Upper Mill Creek Canyon (Great Western) trail. Fork right. The Dog Lake trail becomes a bit steeper and rougher, but still not too tough. About a mile later, the Little Water trail crosses. Keep straight, or take the slightly steeper but shorter Little Water by forking R uphill. The trails rejoin. All trail intersections are marked with signs.
Dogs are allowed on Mill Creek Canyon trails, but don't take Fido over the ridge into Big Cottonwood Canyon! About 150 feet past Dog Lake, dogs are absolutely outlawed.
The trail continues past Dog Lake over the ridge into Big Cottonwood Canyon, to join the Mill D North Fork trail, from which you can head up to Desolation Lake, or drop down to the Big Cottonwood road near Reynolds Flat.

Biker rides past Dog Lake

Getting there: Get to Foothill Blvd on the east bench of Salt Lake City via I-215. Exit at 39th South. Take 3800 South eastbound into the Canyon. Drive all the way to the top of the canyon, where the Big Water Trail parking area will be obvious at GPS N 40 40.922' W 111 38.914'.

(Note: The gate to upper Mill Creek Canyon is open to cars July 1 to November 1.  Mountain bikes are only allowed on upper Mill Creek trails on EVEN numbered days!)

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Trail conditions change, and the layout of a trail may change without notice. Use this trail guide at your own risk.

Dog Lake Trail Map