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Kenney Creek Trail - Mueller Park in Bountiful

Bountiful and Great Salt Lake seen from the Kenney Creek Trail.

 

Park your car at the gate and hike on the road for about 300 feet to where the trail starts on the left side of the road. As you approach the trailhead you will see Kenney Creek flowing down the hillside through a forest of tall scrub oaks. The trail follows the creek for about 1/4 mile then it leaves the streambed and heads south, then east, as it snakes its way up the ridge. When you get to the top of the ridge the trail opens to great views of Bountiful, The Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island. After the clearing, the trail goes back into the trees for a short distance and opens up near the “Pipeline” section. The Pipeline is a wide, treeless strip, going to the top of the mountain and is the most difficult part of the hike. If you don’t want to hike straight up the hill, try zigzagging your way to the top. This section is steep, so take your time, stop often and when you reach to top you are rewarded with spactactular views of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island, Bountiful, Stansbury Mountains in Tooele County and the Sessions Mountains above Bountiful. Entrance fee (Summer only) $5

Getting there: From Salt Lake City, take Highway 89 and exit on Orchard Drive. Drive northeast and turn right on to Mueller Park Road (1800 South). Stay on Mueller Park Road to the end, where the trailhead starts.

 

-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Valley views

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,128 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.8624456, -111.8338248

Difficulty: 5
 

 

First published 2006-03-02