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Pipeline Trail #045


Elevation gain is 800 feet. Leashed pets are permitted, however please read the restrictions for this canyon. Major destinations include Burch Hollow Trail and Grandeur Peak Trail. Trail junctions include Burch Hollow Trail, Grandeur Peak Trail and close to Mount Aire Trail. The Pipeline Trail is a result of the abandonment of the flume that carried water from the Elbow Fork intake to the penstock area of the upper Mill Creek power station. For many years a redwood pipe carried the water along this route for power generation purposes. After the power station and pipeline were abandoned and torn down, the tread of the pipeline was utilized as a trail. The Pipeline Trail also connects with the Burch Hollow Trail and on to the Grandeur Peak Trail. It is not uncommon to see snakes on this trail. During the spring and fall, snakes tend to be out during the daytime when the sun is out. During the heat of summer, snakes hang out in the mornings and evenings when it's cooler. Snakes are easy to avoid if you are cautious and watch out for them.

At a Glance

Fees $3.00 / car. Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation employees collect the fee as you exit the canyon. Annual passes are available through Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation by calling (801) 483-5473, or you can purchase one as you leave the canyon.
Restrictions: There is access to some mines along the Pipeline Trail, but the State of Utah recommends that you do not enter them for your safety. No motorized use. Dogs: On May 29, 2001 the Salt Lake County Council voted to allow dogs Off-leash on Odd-numbered days and leashed on Even-numbered days in Mill Creek. Also, on both odd and even days, dogs must be kept on a leash at all trail heads and developed sites including parking areas. If you have any comments or concerns regarding dog policies/restrictions, please contact Kara Thompson with the Salt Lake County Council at 2001 South State Street, Suite N2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84190 or Kenneth Miles with the Salt Lake County Department of Human Services, Animal Services Division at 511 West 3900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84123. Please pick up after your dog, your Canyon appreciates it! Other trails for dogs. Bikes: Big Water, Little Water, and the Great Western Trail are Closed to mountain bikes on Odd numbered calendar days.
Information Center: For more information contact the Salt Lake Rnager District at 801-733-2660.

General Information

Directions: Access #1: Via Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) 6.1 miles to Elbow Fork, about 2 miles past Log Haven Restaurant at the sharp turn in the road next to a dam. The trail leaves from the north side of the road and heads west following a buried pipeline. Access #2: Via Burch Hollow Trail. Take the Mill Creek Canyon Road about 4.3 miles up the canyon, about 0.1 mile past Porter Fork. The trailhead starts on the left (north) side of the road. Access #3: Via Rattlesnake Gulch. Take the Mill Creek Canyon Road and look for a trailhead on the left (north) side of the road soon after the guard station.



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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles