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Mill Creek Pipeline

Intermediate
 3.6 (38)

Classic Wasatch singletrack.


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7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Singletrack

6,638' 2,023 m

High

5,965' 1,818 m

Low

813' 248 m

Up

147' 45 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Mill Creek Canyon road is gated, about 4 miles up the canyon, from November 1 to July 1. Usage fee of $3 per vehicle is required upon leaving the canyon.

Description

The Pipeline Trail runs along the north slope of Mill Creek Canyon. The trail can be accessed from four points along the canyon road. The Elbow Fork trailhead is at the eastern end of the Pipeline trail, at the highest point of elevation on the trail (approx 6,570 feet). From Elbow Fork, the trail is relatively flat for 1.5 miles, until it drops about 500 feet to the Porter Fork access point on the canyon road.

From Porter Fork, the trail is generally flat, with a slight grade leading west toward the valley and the final viewpoint. There are some short segments of brief climbing which can be walked. While the trail remains nearly level on the north side of the canyon, the canyon floor continues to descend sharply toward the valley. After Porter Fork, there are only two points connecting the Pipeline Trail to the canyon road: Church Fork and Rattlesnake Gulch, which are intermediate technical descents.

The trail itself is generally suitable for confident beginners. There are some segments with short climbs, and longer segments of loose rocky trail surfaces. In many areas at the western end, there is exposure to significant elevation which would best be avoided by anyone with a fear of heights.

The trail is extremely popular with hikers, runners, dog walkers, and bikers in the summer months. Be prepared to stop and yield.

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Justin Johnson

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  3.6 from 38 votes

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Pipe Line Trail in Millcreek Canyon looking down towards Salt Lake City
Aug 30, 2015 near Mount O…, UT

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May 9, 2020
Jeff Stott
hard to beat the views from pipeline millcreek! 7.3mi — 1h 00m
Apr 21, 2020
barrett england
12h 00m
Apr 14, 2020
Jennifer Lyons
Sep 21, 2019
John Lobdell
Sep 17, 2019
Kevin Lewis
Aug 24, 2019
Austin Dudas
Aug 15, 2019
Rob Brown
Dry with little foot traffic — 7h 15m
Jun 14, 2019
Josh B