Mill B Overlook |

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Hiking Mill B Overlook - Big Cottonwood Canyon Hiking Mill B Overlook
Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Overview

RATING: Easy/Moderate Hike
MAPS: MOUNT AIRE, UT

Thu

85 | 60

Fri

78 | 57

Sat

74 | 55

Sun

75 | 54

Mon

78 | 54

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SEASON: Late Spring through Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Thu

85 | 60

Fri

78 | 57

Sat

74 | 55

Sun

75 | 54

Mon

78 | 54

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Interesting geology at the overlook.

Interesting geology at the overlook.

For a short outing, Mill B Overlook has some of the best views Broads Fork, Dromedary Peak, and Twin Peaks. The hike is generally mellow enough for most, and the length makes it a good choice for an after-work outing.

We were pleasantly surprised at the views from the overlook; they are stunning!

Broads Fork and Mill B South

Broads Fork and Mill B South

Getting There

Note: The trailhead parking area is fairly small and fills up early on busy summer weekends and even weekdays. Carpooling highly recommended, and be prepared to park along the main Big Cottonwood Road and walk a short distance if you get a late start.

Big Cottonwood Canyon is on the east side of the Salt Lake City Valley. Get there by taking I-215 to the east, taking exit 6 off the interstate and heading east.

Follow 6200 South which becomes Wasatch Blvd for 1.8 miles to the stop light and signs for Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Turn left at the light and reset your odometer.

Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon. At 4.7 miles, just at the start of the S-Curve, the trailhead is on the right side of the road. Just after this is another smaller parking area. You want this second, smaller parking area. It is the Hidden Falls/Mill B Trailhead.

Sunrise at the overlook

Sunrise at the overlook

Route

From the parking area, the trail leaves on the north side off the lot. There is a sign here with a trail map. The trail quickly crosses the Big Cottonwood Canyon road. This is a busy road, and the crossing is on a curve. Use great caution when crossing!

Once across, the main trail goes right and begins climbing switchbacks up Mill B Fork. A side trail part way up the switchbacks goes off on the right to a climbing area. Stay on the main trail. After several switchbacks, the trail reaches a flat section and quickly descends to the creek.

About 1.1 miles from the trailhead, the trail crosses into the Wilderness Area. A few minutes later, it begins big sweeping switchbacks again as it climbs to the viewpoint.

As the trail feels like it is reaching the skyline, look for a well used social path on the right that goes up to the rock outcropping. The rock outcropping is the overlook, and an excellent break or lunch spot.

From the viewpoint: Almost due south is Mill B South Fork. The upper reaches of Mill B South Fork have Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak. Just west of Mill B South is Broads Fork. At the top of Broads Fork, you can see Dromedary Peak separating Mill B South and Broads Fork, as well as Twin Peaks to the west of Dromedary Peak.

The area around the rock outcropping has fascinating geology where the quartzite layer has collided with a layer below it.

Note: For motivated hikers, once back to the main trail, the main trail can be followed up to the Desolation Trail at about 9000'. This is a steep hike, but has excellent views of the ridgeline to the south. This upper section, once it opens up, is stunning and lightly visited compared to other trails in the canyon. Highly recommended!

Maps

Route To Overlook / 2.41 miles / Elevation Range 6,215 - 7,092 ft.
Route to Desolation Junction / 8.50 miles / Elevation Range 6,215 - 9,362 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 438758mE 4498415mN

N40° 38' 04" W111° 43' 27"

Wilderness

12T 438983mE 4498730mN

N40° 38' 14" W111° 43' 18"

Jct - Right to Overlook

12T 439373mE 4498638mN

N40° 38' 11" W111° 43' 01"

Overlook

12T 439340mE 4498597mN

N40° 38' 10" W111° 43' 02"

Desolation Trail Jct

12T 440454mE 4500615mN

N40° 39' 15" W111° 42' 16"

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