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The Pipeline Trail in Millcreek Canyon, in the north-eastern part of the Wasatch Mountain front that borders Salt Lake City, runs for close to seven miles, starting just outside of the canyon (you actually start from inside the canyon, but have to go backwards to reach the closest end of it) and terminating at a significant bend in the canyon that is called Elbow Fork.

The first location to access the trail is at Rattlesnake Gulch…and it is a one mile hike back out of the canyon to get to the outside terminus (which is located at a fantastic overlook of the Salt Lake Valley).  If one continues into the canyon, the trail can next be accessed at the Church Fork picnic area…or further into Millcreek, one can pick it up at the Burch Hollow Trailhead, just across from the Porter Fork trail…or one can continue up Millcreek Canyon Road until it turns sharply toward the right at Elbow Fork.

There are a couple of steeper grades, but most of the trail climbs gradually, levels out, and then continues at a slight incline for much of its length. Supposedly, it only gains just over 600 ft in total elevation from the beginning to the end.

If one starts at Rattlesnake Gulch and follows the trail up into the canyon, it is 1.6 miles to the access-point at Church Fork; it is another 2.1 miles to the access-point at Burch Hollow trailhead, and another two miles to the junction at Elbow Fork.


28 responses

  1. So you hike alone . . . any big local wildlife beside Moose?

    June 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

    • I do hike alone, Emilio…my older boys have gone out with me probably a dozen times, but usually, yes. I have read that there are Elk and long-horn sheep (Dahl’s maybe?), coyotes, and mountain lions. Have seen plenty of tracks for the large cats, in the way of medium to large paw-prints in the snow and large(er) hair-balls, but never the cats themselves. While I would enjoy actually seeing them out in the wild, I probably don’t “want” to. 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

      • A couple of attacks last years were both on lone hikers. Both were young males who were not doing that well hunting.

        I would suggest carrying a couple of steaks to throw at them . . . but that might make matters worse.

        June 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        • There is usually plenty of other game around, Emilio (and I forgot to mention Mule Deer earlier), so I’m hoping that they are well-fed and won’t be looking at the likes of me for providing them with a nice meal.

          June 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        • I should clarify . . . the cougars that attacked were young males who were starving and got desperate.

          . . . i’m kidding about the steaks. Bad idea; very bad idea.

          June 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

          • Thank you for that clarification…and when I have seen the mountain lion tracks in the snow, I have also seen plenty of deer tracks, as well…and then in the spring, I have found leg bones and other skeleton parts after the snow has melted…so I’m hoping things will be ok. And yes, I understood that you were joking about the steaks…seems like a very bad idea. 🙂

            June 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

  2. We have an exploding black bear population here but I wouldn’t let that stop me from being on a trail like that one. It looks like it would be a good place to find wildflowers.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    • I have “heard” that there are no bears in the mountains and canyons where I normally hike, Allen, but there was an attack in one of the canyons a bit south of us a couple of years ago…and yes, there is a small sampling of wildflowers along this trail. There are more varieties and in greater numbers a bit higher into the mountains…you can see some of them in my post “Wasatch Mountain Wildflowers.” Just enter the title in the “Search” field below and it will take you right to it.

      June 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  3. A path crying out to be walked.. 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    • It’s a beautiful place, Chillbrook…and wonderful walking. 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  4. It looks so lovely all green this time of year. I think you summed up my feelings about seeing one of the big cats exactly. 😉

    June 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • It’s kinda freaky seeing them out there, Gunta…fascinating, but freaky. 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

  5. Hi Scott. I found this very refreshing! Thanks!

    June 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • Hello Cathy…I’m glad you liked it…and it is very refreshing out there…thank YOU. 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  6. I love the wobbly curve of that path.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    • It is pretty cool, isn’t it CJ? 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  7. That looks like it would be a wonderful trail to hike!

    June 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    • It is, Montucky! 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  8. What a delightful walk – thanks for sharing.

    June 11, 2012 at 4:34 am

    • You are very welcome, Victoria. And thank you, too. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

  9. Those images really capture the feel of a beautiful wooded hike. Nice work

    June 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    • Thank you, Andy. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  10. Awesome and inviting 🙂

    June 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    • Thank you, Madhu…I agree. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  11. Very nice colorful photo’s.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    • Thank you, Yvonne. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  12. Beautiful Spring freshness and a great sense of adventure comes over in your post. We have wild places here, but the only real danger from wildlife might be a diving gull protecting its nest site, or more likely a cow with calves, but no mountain lions in Scotland. I’m not sure I’m happy or sad about that. Its great to share these things, even better to visit. Thanks for the post Scott.
    Regards, John.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    • I’m glad that came through in the post, John…it’s what I feel inside when I’m out on my hikes…what I try to take home with me in the camera in case I never get out there again…in case life changes so drastically that I only have memories of those places…where my soul cries and sings in joy at what is around me. Please be careful of the gulls and cows when you’re out, my friend…and I’ll try to do the same here. 🙂

      And you’re very welcome…thank you for being here.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

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