"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."