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Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe

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  • Heading north from Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • The trail starts off a bit steeper, but it levels out.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Looking back toward Mount Raymond (10,241 ft).- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Microspikes may suffice when the trail is packed.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Cardiff Fork to the right and Silver Fork to the left.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Kessler Peak (10,403 ft).- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Views from the trail to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Views from the trail to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Views from the trail to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Views from the trail to Dog Lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Thick apsen groves hug the western walls.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • A small nest.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • People have way too much fun in this area!- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Thick apsen groves hug the western walls.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • People have way too much fun in this area!- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Looking back toward Reed and Benson Ridge.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • - Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • The last steep pitch before you get over the saddle and hit the lake.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • The final stretch.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Dog Lake covered in snow.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Little Water Peak (9,605 ft).- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Above the lake to the southwest is a great clearing with some good views.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • Making some dinner before we head back down.- Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
  • - Mill D North to Dog Lake Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lots of options from this area. Not far from town.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. No dogs.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,471.00 ft (448.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
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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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Dog Lake is often accessed from Millcreek Canyon, but you can also get to it from Big Cottonwood by way of Mill D North. There is a lot going on nearby when it comes to outdoor activity in the winter. It is located across the street from the Donut Falls Trail and sledding hill, and it has the same trailhead as Reynolds Gulch. The journey to Dog Lake is 2.6 miles one way, but remember that if you want to bring your dog to their namesake watering hole, you would need to come up the Millcreek way.

Heading north on the trail from the parking lot there is a fork a short way up, and you'll want to stay to the right. The trail is steep at first, but it levels out to a relatively flat hike by Wasatch mountain standards. The snow is usually packed down because it's a popular trek. Beautiful aspen groves line the trail and there are heavy pine forests at the start, but the trail opens up further into the canyon. There is another fork in the trail about 2 miles up: left is Dog Lake, and right is Lake Desolation.

Along the hike you will see endless backcountry ski tracks coming down from all sides. You get great views of Kessler Peak and Mount Superior, Reed and Benson Ridge, Silver Fork Ridge, Mount Raymond, and Little Water Peak. It's a really pretty trail in winter, and it's not too difficult. As you approach Dog Lake, the pitch increases steadily while passing over the saddle. Just on the other side you reach the snow-covered lake. When you arrive, consider taking the quick route up to the left just a few hundred feet to the top of the hill. There are some nice vistas from up there that you just don't get if you stay down by the lake.

There are a few spots that could be terrain traps for avalanches, but the surrounding valley walls aren't very steep other than a few places. Always check the conditions at the Utah Avalanche Center before you head up, and remember there are no 100% safe days out there in winter, so be smart and prepared!

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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