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(Marissa Lang | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mueller Park to Elephant Rock hike.
Hike of the Week: Mueller Park Trail

Getting there » From Salt Lake City, head north on I-15 to the Woods Cross exit (2600 South) and go east for 0.9 miles. Continue on the road as it becomes Orchard Drive. Turn right onto 1800 South and follow the road east to its end at the Mueller Park picnic area and trailhead. There is room for about eight cars at the trailhead lot and additional parking along the side of the road.

At a glance

Destination Mueller Park Trail

Hiking time 3 hours

Round trip miles 7 miles

Elevation gain 900 feet

Difficulty Moderate

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes

Fees No

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The hike » The Mueller Park Trail begins at a shaded bridge that leads you over Mill Creek as it runs out of the Sessions Mountains. Begin by ascending a set of switchbacks that climb up the mountain, beneath the lush shade of pine and fir trees along the trail.

Most of the elevation gain is made in the first mile of the trail. At 1.7 miles the trail breaks through the trees and the view opens to reveal the sky and the north side of the canyon. Wildflowers dot the trail. Across the canyon, a wide, treeless swath of grass looks like a ski run but is actually the remnant of a section of a 900-mile long gas pipe that was built to carry natural gas from southwestern Wyoming to southern California.

Continue into the trees as the trail cuts deeper into the hills. Just before reaching Elephant Rock, you will come to a T in the trail. Be on the lookout for this, as it may appear to be an abrupt turn to the right, heading up the mountain.

Bear left, around the corner to a set of benches, below which sits Elephant Rock. From a seat on the benches above, you can enjoy the view of Elephant Rock, Mueller Park, Bountiful, the foothills, the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island and everything in between.

Want to climb down onto the rock? Descend the steep footpath leading toward Elephant Rock. Climb up the rock itself and take a seat at the top for a breathtaking view of the canyon.

Return the way you came.

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