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Porter Fork Trail - Mill Creek Canyon

The sign says it all as John McNeil skis on the Porter Fork Trail.

 

The trail starts at the gated road and follows the creek. It leads past many picturesque private cabins nestled along the way. Please respect private property and stay on the road. From the road you’ll be able to view the many cabin styles, from old-fashioned to modern rustic, for about 1.5 miles. The road is a great place to cross country ski, snowshoe, or if the snow on the road is packed, take a refreshing stroll in your boots. At the end of the road you will see a sign stating you are entering the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. The sign should also say, “You are entering a spectacular forest of pine and aspen trees.” The trail gets steeper as you hike south into this beautiful forest. If you are snowshoeing, please try to stay out of the cross country tracks. The trail eventually will connect to the Desolation Trail, below Mount Raymond. As you stand in the trees, your may think back to something you saw on the road - a sign saying, “HEAVEN.”

Getting there: From Wasatch Boulevard, drive 4 miles up Mill Creek Canyon where the trailhead starts on the south side of the road.

 

-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: Porter Fork

Distance: 5.2 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,704 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.6991142, -111.7224301

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2006-02-16