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The Sawmill Trail

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Hidden Valley Park.- The Sawmill Trail
  • Heading up Big Willow Canyon to reach the Sawmill Trailhead.- The Sawmill Trail
  • A sharp turn off the Bonneville Shoreline up the Sawmill Trail. - The Sawmill Trail
  • A nice meadow and one of the only flat areas.- The Sawmill Trail
  • Views up Big Willow Canyon to start.- The Sawmill Trail
  • Big Willow Canyon.- The Sawmill Trail
  • The steepest section of the trail. - The Sawmill Trail
  • Near the crest. Looking north toward Salt Lake City.- The Sawmill Trail
  • When you make the turn around the corner to Little Willow. - The Sawmill Trail
  • Little Willow Canyon. Lone Peak (11,253 ft) in the distance. - The Sawmill Trail
  • Getting some information from a local. - The Sawmill Trail
  • Most people head up Little Willow for few miles, but you can continue all the way up into Big Willow and eventually Bell's Canyon.- The Sawmill Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views up and down valley. Great workout. Eays access.
Cons: 
Steep. Loose rock at times.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
6,350.00 ft (1,935.48 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,225.00 ft (373.38 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,225.00 ft (373.38 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,125.00 ft (1,562.10 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Sawmill Trail takes a sharp turn off of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail at Big Willow Canyon in Draper. This accessible and challenging hike climbs up the foothills of the Wasatch Front and takes you to a crest at the point between Little and Big Willow Canyons. Neither Big Willow Canyon nor Little Willow Canyon have trails into their beautiful valleys; on the Sawmill Trail, you at least get great views of both from above. The views of Salt Lake Valley are incredible, and this is a great trail for catching the sunset. Ther are terrific colors in the fall and stunning bright greens in the late spring, and there are good wildflowers in early summer.

This is a good trail to bust out the hiking poles if you have any. There is loose rock and steep pitches on the way down. The full Sawmill Trail continues way up the canyon and eventually over to Bell's Canyon. No dogs are allowed on this trail. Parking can be found at the Hidden Valley parking lot near the church.

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