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Mill D North to Dog Lake

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Mill D North to Dog Lake

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  • The trailhead gets packed with fall color.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Heading up Mill D North Fork.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Don't you want to go wherever this trail leads?- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Kessler Peak (10,403 ft) across Big Cottonwood Canyon. - Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Panorama of the view looking south to Cardiff Fork.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Mount Superior (11,132 ft) in the distance on the left.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Heading north into the canyon after heading east across the face of the hillside.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Mill D North to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • North Fork Creek and a hiker.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Mill D North to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Most of the trail is a steady but gradually sloping trail.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • The fork to Dog Lake or Desolation Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • The steep section just before you reach the lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Mountain biker heading up the trail.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Fall colors emerging en route to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • The views across the canyons are stunning.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
  • Looking west on the way back down to the trailhead toward Butler Fork.- Mill D North to Dog Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Great views. Flowers in summer. Less crowded than other nearby hikes.
Cons: 
No dogs.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,471.00 ft (448.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,305.00 ft (2,226.56 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This fun and easy Wasatch hike has surprisingly nice views right from the first few minutes of the trail. Sitting across from the insanely popular Donut Falls, this hike gets far less people but can still be pretty crowded at times. With that in mind, it is generally less frequented than many of the choices in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The views up Cardiff Fork all the way to Mount Superior are quite stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. Kessler Peak looms over the whole area, always makes for a great photo, and tends to catch the low lying clouds as they pass.

After heading east along the face of the hillside you begin to turn north and back into the canyon and its pine and aspen forests. The small North Fork creek runs along parts of the trail, and flowers abound in summer. There is a decent chance to see a moose, hawks, or porcupine while on the trail. Near the end of the trail is a fork that would take you to Desolation Lake 2 miles further from the marker. The final pitch before you hit the lake is pretty steep, but overall the hike isn't very vertical compared to many other hikes in the Wasatch.

At the end of the trail sits Dog Lake, and Mill D is one of three possible routes to the medium-sized body of water. Butler Fork and Millcreek are the other two ways to access the lake, but only Millcreek allows dogs.

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