Monday, October 24, 2016

Hiking to Little Water Peak

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Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Little Water Peak (9,606 ft) sits at the upper, East ridge, dividing Millcreek Canyon from Big Cottonwood Canyon. Little Water Peak is seldom visited, yet it offers great views of the surrounding peaks and a good look down into Millcreek Canyon. The summit is just above Dog Lake to the North, and while Dog Lake will have tons of people in the Summer months, Little Water Peak will offer a bit of solitude. This summit is safe to access year round. It only takes roughly 30 minutes from Dog Lake to the summit, so put it on your list!
From SLC, head East on I-80, then take I-215 south. Take exit 4 for 3900 S, and turn left. At the first light (Wasatch Blvd), turn left. At the next light, turn right, which leads you into Millcreek Canyon. The Big Water TH is located at the very end of this road, 9 miles up the canyon. The trail starts in the SE corner of the parking lot. Here's a driving map. Keep in mind that the winter gate is closed from November 1 to July 1st.

Distance: 6.4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 1,900 ft
Time: 3-5 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash 
Kid friendly? No
Fees/Permits? There is a $3 fee upon exit
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You'll first need to hike up to Dog Lake. I hiked up the Big Water Trail from Millcreek on an odd day so Charlie could come with me. Another way to access Dog Lake is via the Mill D Trailhead located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is a shorter route, but dogs are not allowed on that trail due to watershed rules.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 There is no trail nor any signs for Little Water Peak. From Dog Lake, pick whatever looks like the best way to cut through the trees to the ridgeline, on the North side of the lake. It seemed like a good opening here. You will be hiking through brush, so I highly recommend wearing pants to protect your legs. Make your way to the first little right, and aim for the false summit.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Finally out of the brush, we left the Aspens and headed up the really steep south facing slope to the false summit.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The guys beat me to the false summit! Dang it!
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Looking East on the false summit. Desolation Lake is just around the corner from Charlie's ears.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Continue down from the false summit, into another Aspen Grove. We saw a lot of bear, moose, and deer poop through this section.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After you get through the Aspen grove, you'll have a view of your destination! Just follow the ridgeline to the top.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Working our way up the grassy hillside. Little Water Peak is a popular spot for backcountry skiers in winter due to its open meadows and low avalanche danger.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 On the summit of Little Water Peak with Charlie looking West. I'm standing directly in front of Mt. Raymond & Gobblers Knob.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 There is no summit register, though there should be one! Only this pile of rocks marks the summit.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Great view looking down into Millcreek Canyon.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 He's my favorite hiking partner!

It was really windy and cold at the summit. To the south, you should have an amazing view of the Big Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline. Kessler Peak is right in between me and Charlie.
Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with DogsHiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
My trails stats via Gaia GPS. I tracked my route starting from the Big Water Trail, summiting Little Water Peak, then heading back down the Little Water Trail, creating a fun loop.
Hiking to Little Water Peakm Utah trail map
 Trail map from Dog Lake to Little Water Peak, looking North.
Hiking to Little Water Peakm Utah trail map
Trail map from Dog Lake to Little Water Peak, looking East.


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Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

3 comments:

  1. I passed you on the trail yesterday not long ( a few minutes ) after you started your return from Dog Lake. I was the one with the two Vizslas with bells on. I was hoping to get a chance to say hello and talk about your blog and hikes. The girls and I hike nearly every day so your blog gives us ideas on new places to try.

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    1. Oh awesome! Sorry we didn't get a chance to talk! Hope you enjoyed your hike. Your girls were super cute! -Alicia

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  2. Love the photos of you and Charlie:) So glad I can hike through some of my blog friends. Things have been rather busy for us while here in the east so we haven't hiked in quite awhile. We really miss hiking when we return east to visit family. I can hardly wait til be get back on Feb 1!!

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