Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch

Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
 Rattlesnake Gulch in Millcreek Canyon is one of my go-to after work hikes. You don't have to drive very far up the canyon to have great access to this moderate trail, which leads to a beautiful overlook of the Salt Lake valley. I highly recommend this as sunset hike - bring a thermos of hot chocolate or tea and sit at the overlook to enjoy the view. This trail works steadily up the mountain for the first mile, then is level for the second mile, making this a great trail run. There is plenty of shade, but no water.


Millcreek Canyon is owned by the Salt Lake County Parks and is managed by the US Forest Service, and therefore charges a $3 fee per car upon exit. You can also buy an annual pass for $40. Other annual passes such as National Park Pass and Utah State Parks pass do not qualify as a pass for Millcreek.


 From SLC, head East on I-80 towards Park City, then head south on I-215. Take exit 4 for 3900 S Wasatch Blvd. Veer left, then take a left at the first light (Wasatch Blvd). At the next light, turn right on Millcreek Canyon Road. Drive 1.5 miles up the canyon, and look for the Rattlesnake Gulch parking area to the left.


Distance: 3.5 miles RT
Elevation: 700 ft
Dog friendly? Yes. Dogs can be off leas on ODD days, and must be leashed on EVEN days.
Kid friendly? Yes!
Fees/Permits? There is a $5 fee upon exit, or FREE if you buy the Annual Millcreek Pass ($50). Millcreek Canyon does NOT accept the National Park Pass, American Fork Pass, nor the Mirror Lake Highway pass. No permit is required to hike this trail.



Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
The trailhead parking got a big upgrade in June 2020 - a brand new paved parking area and new TH signs.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
The new TH.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
 At the large rock jetting straight up, turn left. There is a small trail heading right, but it is a game trail.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
 Work your way up the small gulley.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
Hike up a few small switchbacks.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
At the 2nd trail split, stay left.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
At the 3rd trail split, stay left again.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
 Once you reach the leveled out section, you will be walking on the ledge of the mountain, and will have great views of Millcreek Canyon. This is my favorite section of the trail - the first time the trail really opens and you get a great view of the valley.
Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Just around the corner - the view! Keep working your way to the very end, so you get the best view. Those are the Oquirrh Mountains in the distance.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
Pass the WNF sign.
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
At then very end you will have a great view down to SLC!
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking with Dogs in Utah
Looking back up Millcreek Canyon.

Winter 2019
Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch
Winter is a great time to do this hike since there's no avalanche danger. Smog Lake City is down there somewhere! 


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