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Pipeline Trail: Burch Hollow, Millcreek Canyon

Intermediate
 4.6 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun & accessible out and back with great views of the Salt Lake Valley.


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9.3

Miles

15.0

KM

100%

Runnable

6,024' 1,836 m

High

5,963' 1,817 m

Low

275' 84 m

Up

275' 84 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This is a great year-round trail popular with bikers, hikers, dog-walkers, and runners alike. The trail is generally flat for the entire length with limited technical terrain and great views of Millcreek Canyon and nearby peaks (Grandeur, Olympus, etc.) as well as spectacular views of the Salt Lake Valley at the turnaround point.

Need to Know

Millcreek Canyon charges a $3/vehicle access fee when you depart the canyon so be sure to bring money. They also accept credit cards for payment (Visa/Mastercard).

Runner Notes

Trail is mostly flat and winds through various valleys. Some sections can be rocky, but overall it is an easy trail.

Description

Starting from the Burch Hollow Trailhead, head West on Pipeline Trail. The trail is well marked, but there are various trails that branch off either north or south. You'll want to stay on the main East-West trail until you reach the end at an overlook with stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley. This is a great place to take a break and take in the views before heading back to your car.

There are alternate starting points at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail or the Church Fork Trailhead. In the summer months, you can also start from Elbow Fork (which is not accessible in the winter due to a winter road closure).

Flora & Fauna

Route is partially shaded by alpine trees. In the warmer months you may see snakes sunning themselves on the trail, and the occasional deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ryan Delany

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  4.6 from 21 votes

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Photos

Looking west towards Salt Lake City on a winter evening from the Pipeline Trail
Mar 12, 2015 near Mount O…, UT
View of Salt Lake valley from the end of Pipeline Trail
Mar 12, 2015 near Mount O…, UT
A small waterfall greets you near the beginning of the Grandeur Peak Trail.
May 14, 2017 near Mount O…, UT
The trail up Rattlesnake Gulch is well maintained near the top.
Jun 8, 2017 near Mount O…, UT
Take in the view looking down into Rattlesnake Gulch from the Pipeline Trail.
Jun 8, 2017 near Mount O…, UT

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Nov 30, 2020
Marcie Wallace
Sep 15, 2020
Dani Perry
Couldn't tell exactly where to turn around. Trail is A BIT rocky. I thought it was trail running heaven. 9.6mi — 1h 37m
Aug 31, 2020
Cody Wiscomb
Great running path and payoff! 1mi
Oct 18, 2019
Liz Roux
8.5mi — 1h 15m
Apr 29, 2019
Jonathan Beene
6mi — 1h 09m
Oct 5, 2018
Shukai Mao
Jul 30, 2018
Katie Cat
First trail run in Salt Lake. Great intro. Minimal traffic and good footing! 10mi
Jul 25, 2018
Abbey Benesh
5mi