Mineral Fork Trail #216

As of May 17, 2017 the Mineral Fork Trail is closed to due to a mudslide, the Mineral Fork ATV trail (Forest Service trail #154) will be closed May 17, 2017 potentially through November 1, 2017. For public health and safety the trail will remain closed until crews and heavy equipment have repaired the damage and deemed safe for use. This trail has no handicap facilities and regulations needs to be followed to protect watershed. The Mineral Fork Trail starts as an old mining road and continues towards the historic Wasatch Mine and the Regulator Johnson Mine. This trail has views of Kessler Peak and avalanche paths. A scramble from the Regulator Johnson Mine to the ridge gains access to the triple divide of Cardiff Fork, Mineral Fork, and Lake Blanche Fork. There are mines along the Mineral Fork Trail, but the State of Utah recommends that you do not enter them and use caution around the debris for your safety.

At a Glance

Open Season: May
Restrictions: Dogs are not permitted. Horses and pack animals are not permitted.Watershed: Salt Lake City Watershed Restrictions apply and are strictly enforced. Backcountry camping is not permitted within 200 ft of any open water (lakes, streams, etc). Pets are not allowed at all (not even in your car!). Swimming is not allowed in lakes or streams. Visitors must carry out everything they bring in, including food scraps and fruit peels. Follow general ""Leave No Trace"" guidelines for disposal of human waste. Pollution of any kind will not be accepted. Watershed regulations are enforced by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, the Salt Lake City Water Department, the Salt Lake City - County Health Department, the US Forest Service, and the Alta Marshal's Office. Violations constitute a Class ""B"" misdemeanor and in most cases a citation is issued to violators.
Information Center: For more information contact the Salt Lake Ranger District at 801-733-2660

General Information

Directions: Via Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd) about 6.1 miles up the canyon to Mineral Fork Canyon. The trail begins on the south side of the highway where Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and the Mineral Fork road meet.


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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
6710 ft - 10220 ft