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Millcreek Canyon

Hiking Burch Hollow - Millcreek Canyon Hiking Burch Hollow
Millcreek Canyon

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RATING: Moderate Hike
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Mount Aire, UT;
WATER: None.
SEASON: Summer, Fall
Sat Hi:47 Lo:31 Sun Hi:40 Lo:31 Mon Hi:50 Lo:23 Tue Hi:53 Lo:29 Wed Hi:49 Lo:32
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Burch Hollow, though it has an official forest trail up it, is seldom visited when compared to the many other trails in Millcreek Canyon. Burch Hollow itself is not particularly scenic or outstanding, though the views at the ridge that marks the end of the hike are quite good.

How do you make a 1 1/2-star hike into a 2 1/2 or 3-star hike? Well, make it a loop with a bit of ridge hiking of course! I would not recommend Burch Hollow on its own, but it does make a nice loop when going up Elbow Fork, crossing the ridge, and then using Burch as the descent route back to the car.

Note: The ridge portion of this hike is not an official trail and as such requires a bit of route finding and a fair bit of bushwacking and good trail intuition. It is an adventure that feels like a mix of social trails and game trails. We found it a lot of fun, though not the type of thing everyone will enjoy. Dogs are allowed, but keep in mind there is no water for most of the hike and the bushwacking can be challenging for dogs not used to off trail hiking.

Getting There

Millcreek Canyon is on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley, just south of I-80 and Parleys Canyon. To get there, take I-215 South from I-80 and take exit 4 off of I-215 and go left (east) on 3900 South.

Turn left on Wasatch Blvd just after crossing under the highway, then the next right on Millcreek Canyon Road.

0.7 miles from the junction of Wasatch Blvd and Millcreek Canyon Road is the entrance to Millcreek Canyon and the pay booth. Mileage below is from the pay booth.

0.7 miles - Pipeline Trailhead on the left (north).
2.4 miles - Church Fork Trailhead on the left (north).
2.5 miles - Desolation on the right (south).
3.4 miles - Porter Fork on the right (south).
3.5 miles - Burch Hollow Trailhead (north).
3.7 miles - Terraces Picnic Area / Trailhead (south).
3.8 miles - Winter Gate Closure
5.2 miles - Elbow Fork Trailhead (Mount Aire)


To the Pass (1.0 miles)
From the Elbow Fork trailhead, follow the trail north. It parallels the stream, quickly coming to the Lambs Canyon junction. Go left here, crossing a bridge and following the stream up. The stream dries up the farther up you get.

Near the pass, the trail enters a grove of aspen trees before cresting the ridge and offering the first big views.

Across the Ridge (1.4 miles)
The fun begins! Go west, following any of several social trails to the ridge. From here, follow whatever trail strikes your fancy. A decently used trail comes and goes through a few overgrown sections. Stay within a short distance of or on the ridge proper.

Views to the south of Gobblers Knob, Mount Raymond, Olympus, and the Salt Lake Valley are excellent through this section. Follow the ridge until it passes below a large rock outcropping. The Burch Hollow trail is at the low point a few minutes past the big rock.

Down Burch Hollow (1.3 miles)
Enjoy the views from the pass, then begin the steep descent down Burch Hollow. The trail is easy to follow and steeply zig-zags down to its junction with the Pipeline Trail.

Back along the Pipeline (1.3 miles)
Turn left on the Pipeline Trail. It is a casual 35-45 minutes (1.3 miles) back to Elbow Fork and the trailhead.


Printable Maps:
Trailhead (Elbow Fork)

12T 441702mE 4506442mN

N40° 42' 25" W111° 41' 24"

Left (Lambs Canyon Jct.)

12T 441736mE 4506753mN

N40° 42' 35" W111° 41' 23"

Minor Left

12T 441758mE 4506807mN

N40° 42' 36" W111° 41' 22"


12T 441036mE 4507483mN

N40° 42' 58" W111° 41' 53"

Burch Hollow Top

12T 439674mE 4507461mN

N40° 42' 57" W111° 42' 51"

Burch / Pipeline Jct.

12T 439939mE 4505991mN

N40° 42' 09" W111° 42' 39"


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