Mueller Park Trail - Elephant Rock

#1 of 6 trails in Mueller Park
Mueller Park Trail - Elephant Rock is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Bountiful, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles 1148 feet Out & Back
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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

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.

Michael Vanikiotis

8 Completed6 Reviews

Lara Funakoshi

19 Completed3 Reviews

Good winter trail and easy

Marcella D

26 Completed28 Reviews

This is a GREAT trail for running! The dirt is pretty compact and really not many rocks. You really do have to be on the look out for Mtn Bikers, but we seemed to be able to share the trail just fine. The fall colors are pretty much gone. Really pretty views looking back over the North West and still pretty looking down from Elephant Rock. Great trail for family's who want some outside time with their kiddos!

Leah P.

Leah P.

Mayra Avila

1 Completed1 Reviews

Corey Miller

2 Completed2 Reviews

Not physically very challenging, so there was a good amount of bike traffic.

Adam Dietlein

1 Completed1 Reviews

P Clayton

1 Completed1 Reviews

The scenery may not be the MOST inspiring in the area, but there's a reason this trail is so popular—after initial climb through a few very broad switchbacks, it's rarely very steep, and the surface of the trail, though rock- and root-strewn in places, is very stable and easy to navigate. I do wish that cyclists would observe the posted yielding instructions: cyclists yield to pedestrians...! It's a great trail and meanders through some pleasant scenery, though, with plenty of wildlife and decent plant diversity. Though I usually hike it in groups, I occasionally run portions of the trail on my own.

John Sorrell

2 Completed3 Reviews