Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
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This is a well used and easy trail. The first couple of miles are the prettiest.
This hike is a good hike to begin your hiking season with. Very gentle, worn path that is great on the non-biking days. I would forget hiking it when there are bikers. I've hiked to Dog Lake both from Millcreek and Big Cottonwood, the Millcreek trail is gentle and good for kids. The Cottonwood side is a lot rougher and a little more challanging. No dogs on the Cottonwood side makes the trail a little less "sticky".
I heard dog lake was a short simple hike, so I decided to take my 3 oldest kids at ages 4, 6, & 8 on it. The trial climbs at the begining fairly quickly, but it is mostly in the shade of large pine trees. There where quite a few people on this trail as well. The trail is also popular with mountain bikes. By the time we got to the lake it was warm hiking and the kids were tired. We had a lunch and headed back to the trail head. I ended up carrying each kid at least once on the way back. The oldest had blisters, seconed was just tired, and the four year old fell asleep while carrying him on my shoulders. It is a beautiful trail, but the lake somewhat reminded me of a very large puddle. I would recomend it for families, with kids at least 6 or older. I would also leave early in the day, at least during Summer months, because it can get warm on the trail.
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