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Bowman Fork Trail

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The road to the upper parking lots.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Upper lot.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Trailhead for Terraces and Bowman trails. - Bowman Fork Trail
  • Fork in the road with a marker. Head to the right for Bowman and go straight for Terraces.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • This is a beautiful trail, especially in early summer.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Mount Raymond (10,241 feet).- Bowman Fork Trail
  • This is a great trail to bring the pups. - Bowman Fork Trail
  • There are a few small creek crossings with bridges. - Bowman Fork Trail
  • One of the lookouts along the way.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Western virgin's bower.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Blue penstemon.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • An abundance of wildflowers line the trail in spring.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Looking south from the last plateau clearing. - Bowman Fork Trail
  • The small clearing that allows you to see up to Baker Pass and Gobbler's Knob (10,246 feet).- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Head straight to Baker Pass or left to Alexander Basin. - Bowman Fork Trail
  • Hiking the Bowman Fork Trail.- Bowman Fork Trail
  • Fork in the trail to head up to Baker Pass or Alexander Basin.- Bowman Fork Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shade. Lots of wildflowers. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Buggy.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
7,877.00 ft (2,400.91 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,605.00 ft (489.20 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
March 15 to November 15
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,605.00 ft (489.20 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,272.00 ft (1,911.71 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Bowman Fork Trail is located in Millcreek Canyon just east of Salt Lake City. This is secretly one of the best wildflower hikes in northern Utah. It may not match the vast fields of flowers at Alta, but the variety of species here is incredible. There are several nice lookout spots along the way that allow views up the canyon toward the backside of Gobbler's Knob and Mount Raymond. The trail forks at the end, and you can continue to Alexander Basin or all the way up to Baker Pass and eventually to Gobbler's Knob. The trail is shaded along most of the journey, and because it is on the south side of the canyon it is a great hike for hot summer days. Lots of hummingbirds and butterflies can be seen darting around in the summer months. It is a steep and steady trail just like most in the Wasatch, but not unusually so.

The trail starts off with a fork off of the Terraces hike in Millcreek, and it can be accessed from the same parking lot. Both of these hikes are less traveled than many others in this canyon, and both are nice options on busy weekend days. The parking lot is located a short drive up a side road, but it can still fill up quickly, so the lots along the main road are for overflow. The walk up adds a quarter mile each way and 200 feet of elevation gain. Dogs are allowed at all times, and they can be off leash on odd-numbered calendar days.

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