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    Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail

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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3-4h
    Distance
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    9.0 km
    Elevation
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    450 m
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    The hike to Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail is a gorgeous route in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National forest. This moderately challenging hike follows a short trail with a lovely view of Dog Lake at the end. The Dog Lake Mill D North Fork Trail is a great place to see forest flora and fauna, such as moose, deer, butterflies, and songbirds.

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    Route Description for Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail

    he hike to Dog lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail is a beautiful, moderately challenging route just east of Salt Lake City. Contrary to the name, dogs are not permitted along this trail; however, dogs may access their namesake lake by hiking along the Big Water Trail, which approaches Dog Lake from the north. This hike is best done from June to October, but can be a great snowshoeing trail in the winter months. If you head out in the spring, be sure to bring along a set of traction devices such as microspikes to help on slippery sections.

    No matter when you go, this trail is a gorgeous, peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. This short, out-and-back route winds up through the lush Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Forest full of wildflowers and forest critters. Keep an eye out for moose, deer, and other animals on your hike; if you are lucky enough to see them, do not share your food, and please admire them from a safe distance.
    From the Mill D North Fork Trailhead, follow the path as it curves southeast before heading north along the Mill D North Fork. After 2.8 km, the trail will divide, take the path on the left to hike another 1.3 km to Dog Lake.

    Take a rest at Dog Lake before heading back to the trailhead the way you came. If you are wanting to explore more in the area, try a hike over to Desolation Lake to the east.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I bring my dog to Dog Lake?

    You cannot bring your dog to Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail, which lies in Big Cottonwood Canyon as this canyon is a protected area. Dogs may access Dog Lake via the Big Water Trail in neighboring Mill Creek Canyon.

    Insider Hints for Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail

    • Try this hike in fall to see the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache forest in incredible shades of yellow and gold
    • If you want to bring your dog to Dog Lake, hike in from the Big Water Trailhead

    Getting to the Dog Lake via the Mill D North Fork Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the Mill D North Fork Trailhead on highway 190, east of Salt Lake City.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      June to October

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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