Mill Creek Pipeline Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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In the early 1990s, the neglected Mill Creek Pipeline Trail was resurrected with the help of the Salt Lake Ranger District, the Utah Mountain Bike Association, and many helping hands. But it wasn’t until 1996 when finishing touches made the entire 7-mile trail totally biker friendly. Now, the Pipeline Trail is one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in the Wasatch Range. The path follows an old water flume that dates back many decades. Consequently, the route descends imperceptibly and is ideal for novice bikers who want a taste of real singletrack without having to scale entire mountains. Since the trail crosses south-facing slopes that grasp every ray of sunshine throughout the day, it melts out in early spring and is ridable long after the peaks are dusted with autumn’s snow. To top it off, the Pipeline is especially scenic. When you’re not weaving through groves of hardwoods that are nestled in hollows creasing the canyon, you cross sunny slopes that afford grand views of Mill Creek Canyon below and of the mountains that enclose it. If you ride the optional spur to the overlook, you’ll gaze across the entire Salt Lake Valley from the State Capitol to Point of the Mountain.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

In the early 1990s, the neglected Mill Creek Pipeline Trail was resurrected with the help of the Salt Lake Ranger District, the Utah Mountain Bike Association, and many helping hands. But it wasn’t until 1996 when finishing touches made the entire 7-mile trail totally biker friendly. Now, the Pipeline Trail is one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in the Wasatch Range. The path follows an old water flume that dates back many decades. Consequently, the route descends imperceptibly and is ideal for novice bikers who want a taste of real singletrack without having to scale entire mountains.

Since the trail crosses south-facing slopes that grasp every ray of sunshine throughout the day, it melts out in early spring and is ridable long after the peaks are dusted with autumn’s snow. To top it off, the Pipeline is especially scenic. When you’re not weaving through groves of hardwoods that are nestled in hollows creasing the canyon, you cross sunny slopes that afford grand views of Mill Creek Canyon below and of the mountains that enclose it. If you ride the optional spur to the overlook, you’ll gaze across the entire Salt Lake Valley from the State Capitol to Point of the Mountain.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 16.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: April to November. Midsummer is warm on south-facing slopes. The upper Mill Creek Canyon Road is closed to vehicles at Maple Grove Picnic Area through June.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,640 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, 801-943-1794
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Aire and Sugarhouse
Driving Directions: Directions to Mill Creek Pipeline Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/26/2009
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My wife and I did this trail while traveling through to California. We didn't do the whole thing, however, the part that we did do was very scenic. The ride was mostly easy with some moderately challenging areas. A intermediate rider would have no problems and a beginner could make the whole trail with very little trouble. I enjoyed this trail and would recommend it to others.


6/17/2004
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10/25/2002
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Excellent trail within a short driving distance from SLC. There are a number of options for riding this trail, which make it easier or more difficult. I prefer to ride the road to the top of the trail and then ride all the way down through Rattlesnake Gulch (which is the most difficult section, with tight switchbacks, moderate water bar drops and large rocks.) The rest of the trail is easier (and there are several other segments of the trail which drop back down to the road without going through this tougher section). But it still includes a number of tight switchbacks and can become very dusty and washed out in sections, especially in very dry weather. There are also a number of sections that have some exposure (and amazing views as well.) You can continue on to the dead end overlook of the city past Rattlesnake Gulch - it's a bumpy ride, but worth doing at least once to check out the view. The biggest drawback to this trail is that it can get quite crowded, and you will run into hikers, bikers, dogs (which are only required to be on leash on certain days), and large families quite often. This is the main reason I prefer not to ride up the trail - there are quite a few sections that are too tight for riders to pass in opposite directions. Note that there is a small usage fee charged at the base station, and you can buy an annual pass for a reasonable price. If you don't mind sharing your outdoor experience with a bunch of other people, it's a fantastic place to go for beautiful scenery and a great ride.


9/14/2002
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This is a great trail when you''ve only got an hour. Don''t start up Rattlesnake Gulch (its the first sign you come to), it is brutal. Keep going up the canyon to any sign for the trail. Each one has a considerable climb to get to the trail. Except for the very top, this trailhead is about 2 miles past the top gate. The trail begins flat right on the road. From this point to the bottom of Rattlesnake Gulch takes about 45-60 minutes at a moderate speed. Watch out for others (bikes, hikers, and dogs). It''s a great trail for anyone.


6/30/2000
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This is a nice trail for all types of riders and skill levels, an awesome ride all around. with four sepperate trail heads troughout, you can start and stop where you like. I sometimes ride the road up to the top from the bottom of the canyon and ride the trail back down. The sweet single track and vicious descents have you comming back begging for more! The rattle snake gulch trail is the first trailhead you see driving up the canyon. its the toughest strech of the trail both technical and steep. the majority of the pipeline trail is easy to ride and a has great view of the canyon and a view of the city towards the bottom. a must ride for all! dont forget that there's a fee of $2.25 per motor vehicle to enter Milcreek canyon.



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