2 Spring Hikes in Millcreek Canyon

Living in a city close to the mountains makes getting outdoors simple. A drive to Millcreek Canyon takes 20 minutes. These 2 spring hikes in Millcreek Canyon are a perfect way to get your family ready for the hiking season ahead.

Both trails begin at the same trail head but have different levels of difficulty.

Millcreek Canyon Pipeline Trail
Millcreek Canyon Pipeline Trail

Pipeline Trial: Millcreek Canyon
This relatively level trail is perfect for getting in shape for the hiking season. In April, the snow is usually melted and provides lovely views of the mountains. You’ll want to make sure you have sturdy hiking shoes regardless of when you visit.

Distance
My kids love walking my sister’s dog along this trail because you can turn around whenever they get too tired. The entire trail is about 7 miles. Don’t forget to pack a collapsible water bowl if you’re bringing a four-legged companion along.

Location of Trail
You can get on the trail at Elbow Fork Trail head, Church Fork, or Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. I prefer Church Fork because it is more accessible for the entire family.

Church Fork
The trail starts from the Church Fork picnic area, on the north side of the road, 3.2 miles from Wasatch Boulevard.

In the Springtime, the gate is closed, so we walk the paved road through the picnic area to the top where the trail begins. It’s an uphill walk until the trail head which makes it a little harder.

Share the Trail
This is a popular trail for trail runners and mountain bikers. Use good trail etiquette and know hikers have the right of way, but it’s helpful to let a biker pass you if you’re able to step aside.

Grandeur Peak: Millcreek Canyon
If you’re ready for a slightly more intense hike than the Pipeline Trail than this is the one. In the Spring, it’s the most accessible and easiest to hike of the major peaks overlooking the Salt Lake Valley.

Distance
This hike is just under 6 miles round trip with well constructed switchbacks and a saddle overlooking the valley and a steep ½ mile to the top. Don’t forget to pack your Hydro Flask or hydration backpack.

Location of Trail
The trail starts from the Church Fork picnic area, on the north side of the road, 3.2 miles from Wasatch Boulevard.

In the Springtime, the gate is closed, so we walk the paved road through the picnic area to the top where the trail begins. It’s an uphill walk until the trail head which makes it a little harder. Sometimes we decide to take the Pipeline Trail once we reach the trail head if the kids are too tired.
Where are YOUR favorite spring hikes?



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I live with my twin girls and husband at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer I like to run, hike, and camp. In the winter I like to snow shoe, cross country ski and cozy up to a stack of novels. My family delights me with their love, humor, and desire to go on outdoor adventures with me from catching butterflies to dipping toes in rivers, to making s'mores up the canyon. I earned a Master of Professional Communication at Westminster College and was marketing manager for the Utah Symphony & Opera Deer Valley Music Festival and Program Director at Brighton Girls Camp. Both opportunities fueled my love for the outdoors.

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