Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail

  • Hiking & Biking

All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Brant Hansen

Pros: Views, fast, beautiful
Congestion: Moderate
Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: General Day Use Fee ($3.00)
Dogs allowed?: Yes
Total Distance: 6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Terrain Difficulty: GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 7,645 ft (2,330 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 1,157 ft (353 m)
Trail Uses: Hiking, Biking
Trail type: There-and-back

The Dog Lake mountain bike ride usually begins at the Great Western Trail trailhead in Mill Creek Canyon. The lake itself is picturesque and surrounded by a massive aspen grove. Dogs are allowed on the trail and up to the lake, but they must be leashed on even numbered dates. Likewise, bikes are only allowed on the upper Mill Creek Canyon trails on even days. The biggest benefit of Dog Lake is the epic scenery. You’ll get stunning mountain views and broad vistas. You’ll ride through thickly wooded forests filled with aspens, cottonwood, and towering pines.

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Map & Location

Mill Creek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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