Big Water Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Are you new to Salt Lake City, or did you just buy a new rig? If so, then make a beeline for Mill Creek Canyon and ride the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake. Big Water is the locals’ favorite twisty, hands down, and chances are it was the first trail ride for most Salt Lakers. What make the Big Water Trail so alluring? It’s close to the city and easy to access, it’s gentle on first-time singletrack riders, and it’s not located in a watershed, so you can take your pet along. But most of all, Big Water Trail is simply big fun. Realize that the Big Water Trail is void of powerful vistas, punishing climbs, and frightening downhills—other Wasatch rides offer plenty of that. Big Water is simply an unintimidating cruise through the forest that ends at a small alpine pond worthy of an afternoon siesta. The intertwined hardwoods and conifers that engulf the trail cast long shadows, and where sunlight filters through, it nourishes a plenitude of wildflowers. Big Water should not be a hurried ride, but one on which you can relax and enjoy the nuances of nature. So, whether you’re an ambitious beginner or a veteran biker, you’ll find Big Water to be a slice of fat-tire heaven. Tread: Dirt singletrack throughout.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Are you new to Salt Lake City, or did you just buy a new rig? If so, then make a beeline for Mill Creek Canyon and ride the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake. Big Water is the locals’ favorite twisty, hands down, and chances are it was the first trail ride for most Salt Lakers. What make the Big Water Trail so alluring? It’s close to the city and easy to access, it’s gentle on first-time singletrack riders, and it’s not located in a watershed, so you can take your pet along. But most of all, Big Water Trail is simply big fun. Realize that the Big Water Trail is void of powerful vistas, punishing climbs, and frightening downhills—other Wasatch rides offer plenty of that.

Big Water is simply an unintimidating cruise through the forest that ends at a small alpine pond worthy of an afternoon siesta. The intertwined hardwoods and conifers that engulf the trail cast long shadows, and where sunlight filters through, it nourishes a plenitude of wildflowers. Big Water should not be a hurried ride, but one on which you can relax and enjoy the nuances of nature. So, whether you’re an ambitious beginner or a veteran biker, you’ll find Big Water to be a slice of fat-tire heaven. Tread: Dirt singletrack throughout.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Depending upon winter's snow and spring's thaw, the Big Water Trail typically melts out between late May and mid-June and should be ridable through October.
Trailhead Elevation: 7,600 feet
Top Elevation: 8,800 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, 801-943-1794
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Aire
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Water Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2008
0

Beautiful trail that is well kept. Would recommend it to anyone for a nice day hike.


8/18/2008
0

Great beginner trail although it is entirely uphill until about .1 mi to the lake.


6/23/2006
0

This trail is closed during the winter and doesn't open until July 1st. We were not able to go on this trail as planned in June.



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