Rattlesnake Gulch and Pipeline Trails - Mill Creek Canyon

One the Pipeline trail looking into Mill Creek Canyon and the Salt Lake Valley.


Description: Leaves swirled around my hiking boots as the trail snakes its way up the gulch. As you make your way up, the leaves are making their way down. Autumn is here and the colors are intense. After 30 minutes of kicking leaves on this moderate section of the climb, the trail connects to the Pipeline Trail. At the junction, take a left heading southwest. A smile may appear on your face, when you see this trail meandering around the hillside, with Mt. Olympus looming in the distance. As you hike the hillside, enjoy the sight of the beautiful valley below. Like a sculpture, a large piece of pipe greets you at the end of the Pipeline Trail and the Salt Lake Valley is revealed. About dogs in Mill Creek Canyon: Salt Lake County requires that dogs must be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days and allowed to be unleashed on odd-numbered days except in developed areas. About dogs in canyons: Domestic animals are not allowed in Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Parleys (from SL Valley to the summit), including Lambs and Dell. In City Creek Canyon dogs are not allowed past the water treatment plant, approx. 3 miles up the Canyon; up to that point dogs must be on leash. Exceptions are strictly by special permits for canyon residents, rescue and certified assistance dogs. Canyon fee: $2.25 per vehicle, $22 Season pass

Getting there: Directions: From the fee station in Mill Creek Canyon, it's 0.7 miles to the trailhead. The trail and parking area are on the left side of the road.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: View of Salt Lake Valley

Distance: 3.8 miles

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Elevation Gain: 729 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: Yes

GPS Location: 40.7788352, -111.8116006

Difficulty: 3


First published 2005-11-03