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Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail

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  • Great Western Trailhead.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Turning off onto Big Water.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Riding up the Big Water Trail.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Climbing through pine and aspen.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Climbing past the Big Water Trail marker as you approach Dog Lake.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Aspen grove at the top.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Dog Lake.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Descending through Big Water/Little Water trail junction.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Descending on the Big Water Trail.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
  • Mountain view as you descend.- Dog Lake Mountain Bike Ride: Great Western Trail to Big Water Trail
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Pros: 
Views, fast, beautiful
Cons: 
busy
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,157.00 ft (352.65 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,645.00 ft (2,330.20 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Dog Lake mountain bike ride usually begins at the Great Western Trail trailhead in Mill Creek Canyon, though it is possible to get to the lake by climbing up Mill D or by dropping down from Wasatch Crest through Lake Desolation.

If you do the standard ride, you’ll begin by heading up the Great Western Trail. You’ll come to a clearly marked junction where you’ll follow the Big Water Trail up. Stay on Big Water and you’ll soon arrive at the lake. The lake itself is picturesque and surrounded by a massive aspen grove. Dogs are allowed on the trail and up to the lake, but they must be leashed on even numbered dates. Likewise, bikes are only allowed on the upper Mill Creek Canyon trails on even days.

The climb is pleasant and relatively easy, and the descent can be super fast and flowy, but the trail is busy enough that you’ll frequently need to check your speed. The biggest benefit of Dog Lake is the epic scenery. You’ll get stunning mountain views and broad vistas. You’ll ride through thickly wooded forests filled with aspens, cottonwood, and towering pines.

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