Bowman Trail to White Fir Pass - Mill Creek Canyon

Louise Rausch on the the second switchback.


Cross the bridge over Mill Creek and take the road to the Terraces Picnic area. You reach the picnic area at 1/4 mile. Go right, behind the restroom for the trailhead. The trail splits immediately; take the Bowman Trail. Soon you come to the creek. Follow it and start hiking through the conifers. With a heavy canopy of trees and little sunshine, the trail is shady and until you hit the pass. On the fifth creek-crossing, you leave the creek and head southeast. At 1.6 miles into the hike, you come to the first of three switchbacks before White Fir Pass. On the second switchback, there is a nice view of Mill Creek Canyon. After the third switchback, at 2.1 miles into the hike, you enter White Fir Pass. Bask in the sunshine and enjoy the great view of Thayne Peak across Porter Fork. About dogs in Mill Creek Canyon: Salt Lake County requires that dogs must be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days. They are allowed to be unleashed on odd-numbered days except in developed areas. Canyon fee $2.25 per vehicle, $22 year pass

Getting there: From Wasatch Blvd. and 3800 South, drive 4 1/4 miles up Mill Creek Canyon and park at one of the lots near to the Terraces trailhead. Lots are plowed for cars.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: White Fir Pass

Distance: 4.2 miles

Time: About 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,515 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.6957809, -111.7163187

Difficulty: 5


First published 2007-02-22