Academy Mill Reservoir | Joes Valley

Hiking Academy Mill Reservoir - Joes Valley Hiking Academy Mill Reservoir

Joes Valley

Overview

RATING: Easy / Short Hike
MAPS: JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR, UT; DANISH KNOLL, UT

Mon

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy. High near 58, with temperatures falling to around 52 in the afternoon. West wind 5 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

58 | 38

Tue

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West northwest wind 12 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

46 | 29

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 59.

59 | 30

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 39

Fri

A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 33

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SEASON: Late Spring through Fall.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Filterable at the reservoir.
NOTES: High clearance required to reach the trailhead.

Mon

A chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy. High near 58, with temperatures falling to around 52 in the afternoon. West wind 5 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

58 | 38

Tue

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West northwest wind 12 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

46 | 29

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 59.

59 | 30

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

56 | 39

Fri

A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 33

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Pete's Hole Reservoir from the trailhead.

Pete's Hole Reservoir from the trailhead.

On a rainy summer day, we were looking for a short hike in case the clearing in the sky turned out to be short-lived, which it did. Academy Mill Reservoir turned out to be an absolute gem of a hike! Easy hiking along an old road through idyllic meadows to a crystal clear reservoir. What’s not to love? This makes an excellent short hike to a scenic reservoir. The easy terrain worked great for our 5-year-old, and I enjoyed the scenery along the way as well.

Petes Hole Reservoir, where the hike begins, has several small primitive campsites available. Both Petes Hole Reservoir and Academy Mill Reservoir seemed teaming with fish the day we visited. The reservoir surfaces were awash with ripples from fish jumping. Bring a fishing pole. This would be an excellent place to spend a few hours fishing.

Those with more ambition can continue along the Josephite Point trail, visiting several more lakes along the way before reaching the other end of the trail and Marys Lake. It is about 4.5 miles one way from the trailhead to Josephite Point, and about 7.5 miles one way to Marys Lake.

Note: Reaching the trailhead requires high clearance and can become quite slick when muddy.
Hiking through one of the meadow areas.

Hiking through one of the meadow areas.

Getting There

The trailhead is west of Joes Valley Reservoir. On the west side of the reservoir, the paved UT-29 splits. Left goes to Joes Valley Campground and the marina. Stay straight, signed for Ephraim. The road turns to dirt at this junction. Reset your odometer as the road turns to dirt.

Follow this dirt road as it climbs steeply and switchbacks up the hillside. Stay on the main dirt road, there are many smaller roads that leave it and offer excellent primitive camping.

About 4.7 miles from when the road turned to dirt is a major junction. Go left here. The road heads northwest, then makes a sharp turn and heads south before heading west again. 2 miles from the last major junction (6.7 from when the road turned to dirt), is a side road on the left signed Petes Hole. Go left onto this side road. It descends steeply, makes a creek crossing, then climbs up to Petes Hole and the roads end in about 1.8 miles on the southeast side of Petes Hole Reservoir. The trailhead is at the end of the road. .

9 miles from when the road turned to dirt is Rock Creek Falls. There is a small pullout here next to the falls.

Beaver pond along the way in one of the meadows.

Beaver pond along the way in one of the meadows.

Route

Navigation is easy on this hike. From the trailhead, follow the well-worn trail that appears to have been an old road. It ambles along through open meadows for about a mile to a junction. Go right at this junction. The trail goes down to Academy Mill Reservoir in about 0.25 miles.

Note: If wanting to continue to Josephite Point, go left at the junction a mile from the trailhead instead of right.

Maps

Route / 2.60 miles / Elevation Range 8,724 - 8,953 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 466744mE 4349046mN

N39° 17' 25" W111° 23' 08"

Jct - Left to Academy Mill

12S 467784mE 4348518mN

N39° 17' 08" W111° 22' 25"

Academy Mill

12S 467907mE 4348293mN

N39° 17' 00" W111° 22' 20"

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