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Millcreek Canyon

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Millcreek Canyon

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Overview


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RATING: Easy/Moderate Hike
LENGTH: 2-4 hours (3.5 miles / 1900' of gain)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Mount Aire, UT;
WATER: Bring all you need.
SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
Sat Hi:26 Lo:21 Sun Hi:22 Lo:15 Mon Hi:22 Lo:17 Tue Hi:31 Lo:19 Wed Hi:37 Lo:21
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With about 1900 feet of gain in 1.75 miles, Mt. Aire is a steep hike. In spite of its steepness, or maybe because of it, this is a popular summit with hikers. The summit isn't particularly high compared to others in the area, but the hike is pleasant and the views excellent. This is a good summer or fall hike. Dog are permitted on all days, but only allowed off leash on odd numbered days. If bringing a dog, be sure to bring plenty of water. There is a small intermittent stream and springs the first part of the hike, but about 80% of the hike is dry.

Note: From November 1st through July 1st, Millcreek Canyon is closed about 1.25 miles (one way) below the trailhead. This adds 2.5 miles roundtrip and another 600 feet of elevation gain to the hike and takes at least a little bit of the fun out of it in my opinion. Fall is an exquisite time to visit when the leaves are changing and the hills are lit in color.

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.

Note: The upper road section above 3.8 miles is closed from November until July 1st. Upper canyon hikes are best done in the summer or fall to avoid a fair bit of road walking.

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
5.4 miles - Elbow Fork Trailhead (Mount Aire)


Route

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. Catch your breath here, there is still 700' of elevation to be gained!

Mount Aire is to the right. Follow the trail as it steeply zig-zags up to the summit.

From the summit, Parleys Canyon is the first canyon to the north. Looking south the most prominent peak is Gobblers Knob, with Mount Raymond just to the right (west) of it with Baker Pass in between.

WAYPOINTS:
Trailhead

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"

Pass

12T 441036mE 4507483mN

N40° 42' 58" W111° 41' 53"

Summit

12T 441281mE 4507902mN

N40° 43' 12" W111° 41' 43"


Maps

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