Big Water Trail

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,005ft
Trailhead Elevation7,592ft
Elevation Min/Max7592/8784ft
Elevation Start/End7592/7592ft

Big Water Trail

Big Water Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 7,592 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,005 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Mill D to Dog Lake.

Big Water Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"Inquire locally about the best intermediate-level mountain bike ride in Salt Lake, and the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake will be the unchallenged response. Newbies, veterans, locals, and visitors alike will rave about Big Water’s smooth-rolling tread and evenly pitched grade.

The alpine pond at the trail’s end is perfect for wallowing away the afternoon under a shady tree or basking in the warm midday sun. You won’t find jaw-dropping vistas of jagged peaks or glacially carved canyons on Big Water because the trail is tightly embraced by pristine aspens and conifers underlain by thick brush and showy wildflowers. It’s a short ride, but it’s so sweet. Trail surface: All singletrack."

Big Water Trail Reviews

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Beautiful trail that is well kept. Would recommend it to anyone for a nice day hike.
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Great beginner trail although it is entirely uphill until about .1 mi to the lake.
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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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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
USFS Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Aire
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