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Hike Region Difficulty Distance Published
South Mule Canyon San Juan County 1 8 miles 2014-11-20
Cuberant Lake Trail -- Uinta Mountains Uinta Mountains 3 5.96 miles 2014-09-17
10,420 Peak and Bloods Lake -- Guardsman Pass Salt Lake County 3 3.79 miles 2014-08-27
South Fork of Deaf Smith Canyon in Cottonwood Heights Salt Lake County 3 4 miles 2014-08-06
Shingle Creek Trail -- Uinta Mountains Uinta Mountains 5 13.32 miles 2014-08-01
LaVerkin Creek -- Zion National Park Zions National Park 5 9.97 miles 2014-07-16
Beartrap Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake County 5 5.2 miles 2014-07-10
Brooks Nature Park and Owens Loop Washington County 5 3.5 miles 2014-06-25
Hidden Canyon -- Zion National Park Zions National Park 3 3 miles 2014-05-14
Water Canyon -- Hildale Washington County 1 2.56 miles 2014-04-09
Alexander Basin in Millcreek Canyon Salt Lake County 5 1.74 miles 2013-11-13
Hot Pots or Fifth Water in Utah County Utah County 1 5.14 miles 2013-10-30
River Trail in Logan Canyon Cache County 1 7.4 miles 2013-10-10
Wild Rose Trail -- North Salt Lake Davis County 1 3.7 miles 2013-10-03
Private Arch -- Arches National Park Arches National Park 3 3.47 miles 2013-09-26
Broads Fork Trail -- Big Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake County 3 5.16 miles 2013-09-19
Wheeler Canyon Weber County 3 5.1 miles 2013-08-14
Spectra Point and Ramparts Overlook Cedar Breaks National Monument 3 3.35 miles 2013-08-05
Crystal Lake Trailhead to Long Lake Uinta Mountains 3 5.46 miles 2013-07-30
Birdsong Trail Weber County 3 3.62 miles 2013-07-21
Grotto Trail Utah County 1 1.2 miles 2013-06-20
Mill Creek in Moab Moab 1 2 miles 2013-06-13
The Jewel Tibbetts Arch Moab 1 1.5 miles 2013-06-06
Ferguson Canyon Salt Lake County 3 3.5 miles 2013-05-30
Adams Canyon - Layton Davis County 3 3.6 miles 2013-05-23
Spooky Gulch Grand Staircare-Escalante National Monument 1 3 miles 2013-05-16
Red Butte Nature Trail Salt Lake County 1 4 miles 2013-05-09
Hellhole Trail -- Ivins Southern Utah 3 4 miles 2013-04-18
Davis creek trail Davis County 3 3 miles 2013-04-16
Clark Lake -- Moab Grand County 1 2.2 miles 2012-10-31
Red Pine Road Loop 1 4.2 miles 2012-10-25
Fehr and Shepard lakes -- Uinta Mountains Uinta Mountains 1 3.18 miles 2012-09-06
Left Hand Fork/Ridge Trail Tooele County 3 3 miles 2012-08-12
Cecret Lake Salt Lake County 1 1.94 miles 2012-08-10
Little Cottonwood Trail Salt Lake County 1 6.5 miles 2012-08-07
Deer Creek Lake -- Boulder Mountain Southern Utah 3 6.1 miles 2012-07-12
Murphy Point Overlook -- Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands National Park 1 3.58 miles 2012-07-05
Notch Peak in western Utah Western Utah 5 8.4 miles 2012-06-20
Hidden Valley -- Ogden Weber County 3 5.18 miles 2012-06-13
Carmel Canyon Trail in Goblin Valley Southern Utah 3 1.4 miles 2012-06-06
Jack's Mountain mailboxes Salt Lake City 3 3.2 miles 2012-06-02
Slickrock Trail -- Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands National Park 1 2.8 miles 2012-05-30
Bowman Fork to Baker Pass in Millcreek Canyon Salt Lake County 3 6.5 miles 2012-05-02
Chuckwalla and Halfway Wash trails -- St. George Washington County 1 3 miles 2012-04-10
Pine Creek nature trail Summit County 1 2.4 miles 2011-11-14
Portal Overlook Trail Grand County 1 3.6 miles 2011-10-31
Boren Mesa Trail -- Moab Grand County 1 5.6 miles 2011-10-14
Cardiff Pass -- Little Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake County 3 4.6 miles 2011-08-30
Over Easy Trail Salt Lake County 5 6.4 miles 2011-08-30
Wolf Canyon Trail - Eden Eden 1 6.4 miles 2011-08-07
Jardine Juniper trail -- Logan Canyon Logan Canyon 3 8.8 miles 2011-07-24
Bells Canyon Waterfalls Salt Lake County 3 5.08 miles 2011-07-17
Neck Spring Trail -- Canyonlands National Park 3 6 miles 2011-07-10
Killyon Canyon 3 2011-07-03
Short Stack 5 4.4 miles 2011-06-26
Burnt Ridge Wasatch County 3 3.5 miles 2011-06-19
Faux Falls near Moab Moab 1 2 miles 2011-06-12
Gorgoza Park Up and Road to Arcylon trails Summit County 1 4.5 miles 2011-06-05
Gorgoza Park Peak Summit County 1 2.4 miles 2011-05-29
Mid-Valley Trail -- Tooele Tooele 1 5.4 miles 2011-05-22
Willis Creek -- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 3 4.4 miles 2011-05-15
Lower Calf Creek Falls -- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 1 5.6 miles 2011-05-08
Hunters Canyon Moab 1 4 miles 2011-05-01
Hidden Valley Moab 5 4 miles 2011-04-24
East Fork yurt -- Uintas Uintas 1 3.6 miles 2011-04-17
T-Bone Trail -- St. George St. George 1 4 miles 2011-04-10
Rocky Peak, Oquirrh Mountains Oquirrh Mountains 5 7 miles 2010-11-21
Delicate Arch - Arches National Park Arches National Park 1 4 miles 2010-11-14
Loop Trail -- Natural Bridges National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument 3 7.8 miles 2010-11-07
Rock Castle -- Salt Lake County Salt Lake County 5 3 miles 2010-10-31
Parleys Canyon Trailhead Salt Lake County 5 2.8 miles plus 2010-10-24
Bullfrog Marina Nature Trail Lake Powell 3 1.5 miles 2010-10-17
Jeremy Ranch 24-7 Trail Summit County 1 4 miles 2010-10-10
Pine Hollow -- American Fork Canyon Utah County 3 3.6 miles 2010-10-03
Clegg Canyon Trail - Daniels Canyon 3 8.5 miles 2010-09-26
Island Lake - Uinta Mountains Uinta Mountains 3 6 miles 2010-09-19
Bunting Trail - Kanab 1 2.4 miles 2010-09-12
East Basin, Uintas Uintas 3 28 miles 2010-09-05
Gooseberry Trail and White Rim Overlook - Canyonlands Canyonlands 5 4.8 miles 2010-08-29
Burch Hollow - Terraces loop Mill Creek Canyon, Wasatch Range 3 6.4 miles 2010-08-22
Wall Lake - Uintas Unitas 1 3.2 miles 2010-08-15
Fossil Discovery Trail Uintah County 1 0.75 miles 2010-08-08
Reynolds Peak, Mill Creek Canyon Wasatch Mountains 3 5.5 miles 2010-08-01
Maple Canyon Loop Trail Sanpete County 3 2.5 miles 2010-07-31
Rosevere Point 3 5.2 miles 2010-07-25
Old Ephraim's Grave -- Logan Canyon Logan Canyon 5 11.8 miles 2010-07-11
Days Canyon -- Hobble Creek Canyon 3 4.2 miles 2010-07-04
Silver Lake -- American Fork Canyon Utah County 3 4 miles 2010-06-27
Mule Hollow Big Cottonwood Canyon 3 2.4 miles 2010-06-20
Mollie's Nipple, Pump Ridge, Hobble Creek Canyon Utah County 3 6.5 miles 2010-06-13
Eagle Canyon Arch -- San Rafael Swell San Rafael Swell 1 4.8 miles 2010-06-06
Jacks Mountain mailboxes Salt Lake County 3 3.2 miles 2010-05-30
Capitol Reef National Park: Grand Wash Capitol Reef National Park 1 4 miles 2010-05-23
Radio towers hike Salt Lake County 0 2010-05-16
Corona and Bowtie arches -- Moab 1 2.5 miles 2010-05-09
Capitol Reef: Frying Pan Trail Capitol Reef National Park 3 3.2 miles 2010-05-02
Moab Rim Trail -- Moab Moab 3 8 miles 2010-04-26
Spring Creek Canyon - Iron County Iron County 1 2.8 miles 2010-04-18
Three Ponds -- Snow Canyon State Park Southwest Utah 1 3.3 miles round trip 2010-04-11
Panorama Trail -- Kodachrome Basin
 State Park 1 3.7 miles 2009-11-01
Five Mile Wash -- 
Wayne County Wayne County 1 3.4 miles 2009-10-25
Shoreline Trail (Terrace Hills Drive access) to Old Cars Salt Lake County 1 2.4 miles 2009-10-18
Fifth Water (or Hot Pots) Utah County 1 4.8 miles 2009-10-03
Forest Lake - 
American
 Fork Canyon Utah County 1 3.8 miles 2009-09-27
Skull Crack Trail,
 Causey Reservoir Weber County 3 4.6 miles 2009-09-20
Little Black Mountain Salt Lake County 5 7.4 miles 2009-09-11
Red Butte Peak Salt Lake County 3 2.6 miles 2009-09-06
Hat Shop -- Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park 3 3.7 miles 2009-08-21
Thornton Hollow Daniels Canyon Wasatch County 1 4.2 miles 2009-08-14
Peekaboo-Queens Garden Loop - Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon 3 5.5 miles 2009-08-07
Emigration Canyon-Miners Trail Emigration Canyon 3 4.8 miles 2009-07-31
Left Fork of Huntington Canyon Manti-La Sal National Forest 1 5.4 miles 2009-07-26
Dixie National Forest Lost Hunter loop trail Cedar City 1 2.42 miles 2009-07-17
Center Canyon to Clegg Canyon Wasatch County 3 1.36 miles 2009-07-12
Crimson Trail Logan Canyon 1 2.1 miles 2009-07-05
Intrepid Trail System, Dead Horse Point State Park Southeast Utah 1 1.1 to 9 miles 2009-06-28
Fiery Furnace Arches National Park 3 2 miles 2009-06-21
Doughnut Falls Salt Lake County 1 1.5 miles 2009-06-14
Parrish Canyon Trail Davis County 3 4 miles 2009-06-07
Short Stansbury Island hike Davis County 3 3.4 miles 2009-05-29
Tower Arch La Sal Mountains 3 2.6 miles 2009-05-22
Stansbury Island Trail loop Davis County 3 5.8 miles 2009-05-17
Fisher Towers Southeast Utah 5 4.2 miles 2009-05-10
Negro Bill Canyon Southeast Utah 3 4.4 miles 2009-05-03
Lakeside Trail, Antelope Island State Park Northern Utah 1 5.6 miles 2008-10-18
Petrified Forest Trail - Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Southern Utah 3 2 2008-10-10
Foreman Hollow Nature Trail - Heber City Northeast Utah/ Uintas 3 3.3 miles 2008-10-05
The Notch - Uinta Mountains Northeast Utah/ Uintas 3 4.6 miles 2008-09-27
Bench Lake - Uinta Mountains Northeast Utah/ Uintas 1 5.4 miles 2008-09-20
Jardine Juniper trail - Logan Canyon Northern Utah 3 8.8 miles - for shady route 2008-09-12
Stewarts Cascades - Provo Canyon Central Utah 1 3.4 miles 2008-09-07
Cherry Canyon Logging Trail Wasatch Canyons 5 7.8 2008-08-31
Bells Canyon waterfalls - Wasatch Mountains Wasatch Canyons 3 5.08 miles 2008-08-21
Murdock Peak Wasatch Canyons 5 4.5 miles 2008-08-14
Round Lake - Uinta Mountains Northeast Utah/ Uintas 5 6 miles 2008-08-07
Canyon Rim Trail - Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Northeast Utah/ Uintas 1 8.7 miles 2008-07-31
White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon Northern Utah 3 7 Miles 2008-07-24
Dale Peak Wasatch Canyons 5 5.2 2008-07-17
Nobletts Creek Trail - Uinta Mountains Northeast Utah/ Uintas 1 2 miles 2008-07-10
Brown Duck Trail - Uinta Mountains in the Ashley National Forest Northeast Utah/ Uintas 3 7.5 miles 2008-07-03
Wind Cave in Logan Canyon Northern Utah 3 3.2 miles 2008-06-12
The Living Room and nearby ridgeline loop Wasatch Canyons 3 4.2 miles 2008-06-05
Lava Flow Overlook and Trail/Butterfly Trail Southern Utah 1 1.2 miles one way 2008-05-22
Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyon trail loop Southeast Utah 5 8.3 miles 2008-05-15
Navajo Knobs and Rim Overlook Trails - Capitol Reef National Park Southern Utah 5 9.2 miles 2008-01-03
Golden Throne Trail - Capitol Reef National Park Southern Utah 3 4 miles 2007-12-27
Tibble Fork/Mill Canyon Trails - Utah County Central Utah 5 7 miles 2007-12-20
Syncline Trail Loop - Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park Southeast Utah 5 8.3 miles 2007-12-13
Chimney Rock Trail - Capitol Reef National Park Southern Utah 3 3.7 miles 2007-12-06
Mesa Arch Trail - Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District Southeast Utah 1 1/2 mile loop 2007-11-29
Frary Peak Trail - Antelope Island State Park Northern Utah 5 6.8 miles 2007-11-22
Escalante River Trail Southern Utah 1 5 miles 2007-11-15
Thaynes Canyon loop - Mill Creek Canyon Wasatch Canyons 5 5.75 miles 2007-11-01
Mount Aire Trail - Mill Creek Canyon Wasatch Canyons 5 3.75 miles 2007-10-25
Ogden Canyon Overlook Trail - Weber County Northern Utah 3 5 miles 2007-10-18
Great Western Trail to Bald Mountain - East Canyon Wasatch Canyons 3 6.8 miles 2007-10-11
Ridge Trail 157 loop - Utah Wasatch Counties Central Utah 3 6.2 miles 2007-10-04
Gobblers Knob from Butler Fork - Big Cottonwood Canyon Wasatch Canyons 5 8.4 miles 2007-09-27
Highline Trail to Packard Lake - Uinta Mountains Northeast Utah/ Uintas 3 8.2 miles 2007-09-13
Timpooneke Trail to Emerald Lake - Utah County Central Utah 5 12.9 miles 2007-09-06
Lofty Lake Loop Trail - Uinta Mountains

Dry Creek Trail - Utah County

Region: Central Utah

Destination: Ridge overlook

Distance: 7 miles

Time: 6 to 7 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: In campground

Biking: No

GPS Location: 40.4766166, -111.7574305

Difficulty: 4
 

 

First published 2006-09-28

You feel like you can touch Box Elder Peak from the trail.

 

From Granite Flat Campground, the trail follows a spring then veers over and above Deer Creek. The trail splits at the beginning. Stay right and enter Lone Peak Wilderness in a forest of pines. Watch for wildlife near the trail. About a mile into the hike you cross a small spring. Just after the spring, walk over to the edge and look into Deer Creek Canyon to see the beaver ponds. The trail gets steeper after viewing the ponds and a forest of aspens appear. You leave the aspens quickly when the trail opens on a hillside of small shrub oaks. The views on the hill are stunning. Mount Timpanogos and Tibble Fork Reservoir loom south while Box Elder Peak stands before you. About two miles in, the trail crosses in front of a waterfall before heading back into the aspens for a short distance. As the trail approaches the ridgeline you cross a large boulder field. At the top you feel like you could touch Box Elder Peak, while Lone Peak, South Thunder Mountain, North Thunder Mountains and parts of the Salt Lake and Utah valleys are visible.

Getting there: From Highway 92 in Utah County, drive up American Fork Canyon. The road splits above Timpanogos Caves. Turn left for Tibble Fork Reservoir. Drive past the reservoir and turn left for Granite Flat Campground where the trail starts.

 

-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker