Mueller Park Trail Mountain Bike Ride to Big Rock
All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Brant Hansen
|Pros: Trees, vistas, long season
Cons: Flat trail, often busy.
Preferable Season(s): Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required
Dogs allowed?: Yes
|Total Distance: 7.70 mi (12.39 km)
Terrain Difficulty: GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 5,151 ft (1,570 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 1,159 ft (353 m)
Trail Uses: Hiking, Biking
Trail type: There-and-back/Loop
The Mueller Park Trail offers a great change in pace from most of the mountain bike rides in the Salt Lake City area. It’s low elevation keeps it open late season, but the thick tree cover keeps it cool during the summer. The trail is not technical or challenging, which makes it a great trail for the family. Although there is parking at the trailhead itself, it’s limited enough that you may want to park on the street at the entrance to the park. From there it’s a quick pedal until you see the trailhead on a bridge over the stream. Soon you’ll be climbing through deep pines that lead into an abundance of plant life that is rarely seen in this area. The trail drops deep into draws that are full of poplar, cottonwoods, aspens, ferns, and undergrowth. Then it winds through pines, cuts through scrub oak, and swings you out and across the grass covered ridges, only to repeat the process over and over again.