Mueller Park Trail - Elephant Rock

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Mueller Park Trail is a 13.00 mile out and back trail located near Bountiful, Utah and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for cross country skiing, hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. It is 3.6 miles to Elephant Rock.

Mueller Park to Elephant Rock
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 3.66 one way
Difficulty: Moderate, then easy
Trailhead: Mueller Park
Elevation: Mueller Park 5230; Elephant Rock 6255
Elevation Gain: 1025
Map: Fort Douglas 7.5 quadrangle
GPS Coordinates: Elephant Rock--12 T 0431213/4522706
Dogs: Allowed

Introduction:
The Mueller Park trail is the quintessential easy-access trail. From neighborhood to trailhead in 500 feet, you can hit this trail before work, after work, or on a long lunch break. Your reward comes in the form of a riparian area, tranquil backcountry, a birds-eye view of Bountiful below, and a mix of hardwoods and conifers.

Mueller Park trail is extremely popular in the summer. This trail winds across and up the mountain keeping the elevation gain manageable. The thick scrub oak provides anchors for the snow pack so avalanche danger ranks low. But perhaps the biggest plus of this trail is how quickly you exit the city and the resulting views.

How to get there: From I-15 take the 315 exit. Head east on W 2600 South to Orchard Drive and continue straight. At 1800 South turn east and follow the road to its conclusionMueller Park. The trail begins before the fee booth. Cross the foot bridge to the south.

Trail description: The trailhead is well marked and easy to find. Start by crossing the bridge. The trail passes next to Mill Creek for the first few hundred feet where it then begins to wind up the hill. The trail makes four wide sweeping .5 mile switchbacks as it climbs this north face of the mountain. After climbing the first .5 mile youll be rewarded with views to the west of Bountiful and the Great Salt Lake; and again at .70 mile. At .75 mile the trail leaves the switchbacks and rounds the corner of the mountain heading south and east as it hugs the curves of the mountain. As it makes this turn you can look east and see the large grey blob of rock youre headed for: Elephant Rock. The trail continues to the east maintaining elevation between 5500 and 6000, winding in and out along the silhouette of the mountain as it leads toward Elephant Rock. The trail crosses a couple springs and bridges along the way.

At 3.5 miles the trail forks. By going straight and toward the front of the mountain you will hit Elephant Rock, by heading up the mountain to the right/south you will head toward Rudys Flat and North Canyon. To return, follow your same path back.

Options: Mueller Park Picnic Area, just east of the Mueller Park trailhead, closes during winter months. Mill Creek runs through the picnic area.

Directions from Salt Lake City:
Access #1: Via Mueller Park Picnic Area. Travel north on I-15 and take the Woods Cross exit. Turn east on 2600 South to Route 89. Follow 89 North to Route 106 North. Take 106 North to 1875 South, turn east and follow 1875 South to the park entrance. Trail begins just past the gate on the south side of the road.

Access #2: Via North Canyon. Follow the directions above to 1875 South. Take 1875 South to Bountiful Boulevard. Turn south (right) and go 1.7 miles to Indian Springs Road, turn east (left) and follow the road to its end where the trail begins.

OR:

I-15 Exit 315 (2600 South)
Turn EAST on W 2600 South
Continue straight onto Orchard Drive
Turn right onto E 1800 S
Follow up the hill and down through development to roads end.

Parking for about a dozen cars before the fee station; more parking available prior to Muellar Park in the neighborhood.

Many picnic areas available for groups - both large and small

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall
P.O. Box 147420
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114,
801-538-1030
travel@utah.com

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Nice Sunday afternoon hike. It wasn't too bad for someone who isn't in the best of shape. We encountered several deer, chipmunks, and snakes. Awesome view at the Elephant Rock and worth the effort and time going up.

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I've hiked to Elephant Rock a few times before. A nice, well-groomed trail with a gorgeous view at the top. It's never been too crowded when I've gone, but there are usually tons of mountain bikers and even a few dirt bikers on the trail. Most of them have been very considerate of hikers. The view from Elephant rock is gorgeous, and there's a bench there that makes for a nice place to rest and have a snack before heading down. In the fall and spring, even when it's warm at the trail head, there can be snow and ice at the top, so plan ahead for that. The only downside is that there isn't a creek or stream for dogs to play in, which may not matter to most people.

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Nice easy hike lots of bikers but all were nice and pleasant. We didn't see many dogs but we went earlier in the day. I recommend hiking/scrambling down the side trail to the base of the rock even better view and quiet.

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Nice trail mostly shaded. Easy for kids. Lots of people with dogs not on leashes unfortunately. I wouldn't suggest taking your dog if they aren't social with dogs. Other then that great hike

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Easy enough hike for someone recovering from pneumonia. Loved the beautiful scenery and the location was far away enough from civilization. For anyone hiking in Vibram Five Fingers, this hike has a lot of small rocks on the trail, so it can be rough on the feet. Just hiked up to the Elephant Rock, but the trail goes on past it. Seemed to be popular with the after 5 crowd (midweek) by the time we finished the hike.

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This is an incredible hike that is minutes away from the city which fades behind you quickly as the scrub oak engulf you. Trail is in excellent condition. The accessibility to Bountiful makes it very popular and crowded at times but the views are well worth it.

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Hiked this trail today (4/25/14) Its a lovely trail to hike. You keep in the shade for a good part of it, but it's nice when it opens up and the sun shines on you. Great view once you get to Elephant rock. Great trail for runners as well. (It was a little muddy at the moment but it's not too bad at all)

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Hiked it today (3/30/14). Totally worth the view when you get to Elephant Rock. It's still muddy and there are some snow packed areas. We made it through just fine with tennis shoes.

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