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Hiking Big Rock (Elephant Rock) - Bountiful Hiking Big Rock (Elephant Rock)
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Overview


TICKS & TODOS: 1 Todo Lists / 1 Ticks
RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike
LENGTH: 3-4 hours (7 miles)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Fort Douglas, UT;
WATER: A couple of small streams, bring all you will need.
SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
Fri Hi:56 Lo:37 Sat Hi:62 Lo:36 Sun Hi:59 Lo:39 Mon Hi:43 Lo:36 Tue Hi:34 Lo:22
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Fri Hi:56 Lo:37 Sat Hi:62 Lo:36 Sun Hi:59 Lo:39 Mon Hi:43 Lo:36 Tue Hi:34 Lo:22
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I am not sure whom the creative genius was that named Big Rock, but they clearly were having a lazy day. Big Rock is just that, a big rock on the hillside above Mueller Park just east of Bountiful. The area is very popular with mountain bikers and locals out looking for a casual stroll.

The hike doesn't have a lot to recommend it, except the destination, the Big Rock. Along the way to the Big Rock, the hike contours along through dense dusty cover offering occasional views. Once at Big Rock, views to the west of Antelope Island, The Great Salt Lake, and Bountiful offer a nice reward for the effort. As a mountain bike ride, it is pleasantly wide and not too steep, which is likely why it is popular.

Getting There

The trailhead is at the entrance to Mueller Park in Bountiful. To reach the park, take exit 315 from I-15. Go east on 2600 S. At about 0.8 miles it becomes Orchard Drive. Follow Orchard Drive about a mile to 1800 South. Turn right on 1800 South and follow it 2.7 miles to the entrance of Mueller Park.


Route

The trail takes off from the parking area just before the entrance to Mueller Park. Follow the trail as it crosses the bridge and begins a zig-zag course gaining elevation up the hillside. Near the top of the zig-zags, after 0.75 miles, an open area has a couple of crude log teepees. Catch your breath, from here the hike becomes less steep and more of a mellow amble.

The trail meanders in and out of side canyons. As it gets higher up the canyon a couple of small streams offer pleasant places to hang out if it is hot. Just before Big Rock the trail splits. Right cuts back and continues climbing. Go left, to a bench that overlooks Big Rock. This is a good turn around for most, but the steep loose trail down to the top of Big Rock is worth doing for the adventurous.

Return the same way.

WAYPOINTS:
Trailhead

12T 429485mE 4523977mN

N40° 51' 50" W111° 50' 12"

Log Structures

12T 429486mE 4523603mN

N40° 51' 38" W111° 50' 12"

Jct. - Left

12T 431141mE 4522894mN

N40° 51' 15" W111° 49' 01"

Bench

12T 431155mE 4522926mN

N40° 51' 16" W111° 49' 00"

Big Rock

12T 431144mE 4522965mN

N40° 51' 17" W111° 49' 01"


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