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Hike of the week: Bull Flat in northern Utah

Published August 27, 2012 11:52 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Directions • From the trailhead, hike southwest. Go through the gate with a grated ramp at .15 mile and continue another 3/4 mile to the signed junction with the Bull Flat Trail. Take a right (west) and head uphill to a nice, rocky overlook at 1.4 mile. The trail winds steeply uphill through a lovely mahogany grove and into a high, open stretch of sagebrush and flowers.

At 2.75 miles you will arrive at a beautiful, white rock crag. Be sure to admire the intricacy of the rock formation. The trail drops below and around this crag and continues southwest to the top of the hill. You will see a sign marking the Bull Flat Trail right as sweeping views open up to your east. The trail peters out at a cairn just ahead, at 3.3 miles. You can wander around the meadow a bit if it pleases you. Return the way you hiked up.

Getting there » From Snowville, take exit 5 off Interstate 84 to westbound State Road 30. After 15.5 miles, you will reach State Road 42. Take S.R. 42 north 8.6 miles. It becomes Idaho State Road 81 at the state line. Turn west at Strevell Road. After 3.3 miles, turn south onto Clear Creek Road (51600 West). This road bends southwest after 3 miles and continues to the campground 2.7 miles after the bend. The trailhead is near the end of the campground road, just before the bathrooms. Bull Flat

Hiking time • 6 hours

Round trip miles • 7 miles

Elevation gain • 2,400 feet

Difficulty • Moderate

Trail head restrooms • Yes

Dogs allowed • Yes

Bikes allowed • Yes