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Monday Night Group Hiking: Big Cottonwood to Dog Lake

These Monday night hikes are for people of all different hiking levels to get together and enjoy each other’s company.  This week we will be hiking Mill Fork D to Dog Lake. This will be approximately 4.2 miles round trip to Dog Lake with an elevation gain of 1400’. The trail will start out with a small climb and will parallel the road for a while, eventually the trail will begin to follow a stream away from the road until we reach a junction at 1.5 miles. Going left the trail will begin
to climb steeply for .6 miles to Dog Lake.

Please consider bringing a headlamp or flashlight as we may be coming back in the dark.

Directions to Meetup: We will meet at the park and ride located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon @ 7200 S and Wasatch Blvd and car to the trailhead. To get there from anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley, take I-215 until you reach the 6200 South Exit. Drive east on 6200 S. and the road will turn into Wasatch Boulevard. Continue on Wasatch Boulevard south until you come to the intersection with Fort Union Boulevard (7200 South). There is a 7-Eleven on the South-West corner of the intersection. Turn left at the intersection towards Big Cottonwood Canyon. The park and ride will immediately be on the left.

Directions to trailhead: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road east up the canyon for about 9 miles to Jordan Pines and the signed Mill D Trailhead on your left.

DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED: Salt Lake City Watershed
Restrictions apply and are strictly enforced.

Moose: Be cautious in this area. Do not approach any moose you encounter on or near trails. Moose may seem calm and tame, but they are not! Moose are wild and unpredictable.

Please review the moose safety tips on the below link.

Be prepared: for the hike, the below link is a good resource for beginners to review before hiking.

After the hike: There will be the option of heading down to the Canyon Inn to socialize by the fire. The Canyon Inn is a bar but there is great pizza and everyone is welcome! The Canyon Inn is located at 3700 Fort Union Blvd.

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  • Gina

    Where's the group photo?

    July 21, 2014

  • Josh P.

    I have many fond memories of this hike up to Dog Lake... oh, wait... those are mosquito bites.

    July 16, 2014

  • Vonda

    This was a great hike and the people were among the most fun :) They all made it a great evening!

    2 · July 15, 2014

  • Matt

    It was great. Thanks to all who put it together.

    3 · July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic hike! Lots of fun

    2 · July 15, 2014

  • Omar

    Where are you guys?

    July 14, 2014

    • Dave J. W.

      We are at the trailhead. Drive up.

      July 14, 2014

  • Gina

    It's stagnant heat over 100. Too hot for hike :( .

    July 14, 2014

    • Bryant S.

      Sadly I won't be their, busy getting ready to move

      July 14, 2014

    • Michael T K.

      Current temp at solitude base is 82

      July 14, 2014

  • Gina

    Be careful and hope no one brings thier dogs!

    July 14, 2014

    • Bryant S.

      Dogs are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon

      1 · July 14, 2014

    • Gina

      Oh that's right good

      July 14, 2014

  • Gina

    How long is hike ?

    July 14, 2014

    • Wayne G.

      4.2 miles round trip, so we should finish somewhere around 2 hours? depending on pace, breaks, etc. We don't leave anyone behind, fyi :)

      July 14, 2014

  • Erin

    Woke up with a migraine - and am even skipping the gym this morn (and I Never skip the gym). I will have to see if this subsides. :(

    July 14, 2014

  • Amber S.

    This will be my first meet up group. Is there a particular part of the parking lot that we meet at or do I look for 20+ cars all parked together? I will be coming alone so I hope there are a few people willing to chat with me along the hike :)

    July 13, 2014

    • Eric S.

      No particular spot in the parking lot but there will be enough people that it should be easy to find us. This group is very welcoming and you can expect to find someone to chat with on the way up and back.

      3 · July 13, 2014

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