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Wednesday Night Hike for Beginners! - Rattlesnake Gulch

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  • *** A headlamp or flashlight is required. We will be hiking in the dark.****

    Wednesday night hikes are beginner hikes for people of all different hiking levels to get together and enjoy each other’s company.  This week’s trail will take us up Rattlesnake Gulch to the Pipeline Trail which will take us to a beautiful overlook with great views of the salt Lake Valley.  The first part of the trail will be a little steeper than our normal Wednesday night hikes but once on the pipeline trail it will fully level out.  The hike will be about 4 miles round trip with 700’ of elevation gain.

    Directions to Meetup: We will meet at the park and ride located at 3900 S Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT and carpool to the trailhead. From I-215 S, take exit 4 for 3900 S and go left. Turn left onto Wasatch Blvd, destination will be on the left. From I-215 E, take exit 4 toward 3900 S/3000 S. Stay to the left and turn left onto Wasatch Blvd, destination will be on the left once you pass 3900 S.

    Directions to trailhead: Via Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd Located 0.7 miles past the fee station on the left side. Be aware that Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation employees collect the fee as you exit the canyon of $3.00/car. Annual passes are available through Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation by calling (801)[masked], or you can purchase one as you leave the canyon.

    Pipeline Trail #45 – Mill Creek Canyon: The Pipeline Trail is a result of the abandonment of a flume that carried water from the Elbow Fork intake to the penstock area of the upper Mill Creek power station. A redwood pipe carried the water for power generation purposes. The power station and pipeline were abandoned and torn down and the tread of the pipeline is now utilized as a trail.

    Dogs: are allowed Off-leash on Odd-numbered days and leashed on Even-numbered days in Mill Creek Canyon. Also, on both odd and even days, dogs must be kept on a leash at all trail heads and developed sites including parking areas.

    Snakes: Are not uncommon on this trail. During the spring and fall, snakes tend to be out during the daytime when the sun is out. During the heat of summer, snakes hang out in the mornings and evenings when it's cooler. Snakes are easy to avoid if you are cautious and watch out for them. Seeing a rattlesnake can be an enjoyable experience and a welcome addition to the hike!

    Please review the rattlesnake safety tips on the below link.

    http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/42-utah-wildlife-news/1197-rattlesnake-safety-tips.html

    Be sure to carry plenty of water as it can be hot on this trail. Additionally please be prepared for the hike, the below link is a good resource for beginners to review before hiking.

    http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

    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. The easiest way to get there is to head South on Wasatch Blvd from the park and ride for 4.5 miles, then turn left onto S Wasatch Blvd and go 1 mile. Take the first right onto Fort Union Blvd and the Canyon Inn will immediately be on your left.

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  • Bryant S.
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    Moved to Utah in June of 2012. I am enjoying getting out and exploring this state!... more

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