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Mueller Park Trail - Davis County

From the trail, Big Rock can be seen in the dark cluster of pines.

 

From the parking area, take the bridge across Mill Creek. The trail starts with a series of switchbacks leading into the canyon through the pines. Mountain bikers enjoy the trail too, so keep a watchful eye for them. After a mile you leave the pines and enter a forest of scrub oaks as the trail snakes around the canyon. Watch for wildlife hidden along the trail. At two miles you get your first glimpse of Big Rock. Look up the canyon and to the right, you will see Big Rock surrounded by a patch of pine trees on the hillside. At 2.8 miles you hear the sounds of running water and come to a footbridge. A beautiful springs rushes below your feet as you stand on the bridge. After the bridge, the trail has spectacular views of Bountiful, Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake. You arrive at a trail split at 3.5 miles. Go left. Just around the corner from the split is a bench where you can sit and enjoy Big Rock and the canyon below.

Getting there: On Orchard Drive in Bountiful, go east on 1800 South, which leads into Mueller Park. Trail starts just before the guard shack on the right.

 

-- Steve Baker/The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Big Rock

Distance: 7 miles

Time: 3 to 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,020

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: In picnic area

Biking: Yes

GPS Location: 40.8627234, -111.8316025

Difficulty: 2
 

 

First published 2006-11-02