“Fantastic alpine trail that is easily accessible from anywhere in Salt Lake City.
— Ryan Delany
Fall Colors · Views
Elbow Fork Trailhead is inaccessible in the winter months due to seasonal closure from Nov 1 - July 1. The trail is accessible via other trailheads, though.
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).
Trail is mostly flat except for the section between Burch Hollow and Elbow Fork which has some climbing and winds through various valleys. Sections of the trail can be rocky, but overall an easy one.
Starting from the Elbow Fork Trailhead, head West. 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 of the trail at an outlook overlooking 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
, Church Fork Trailhead, or Burch Hollow Trailhead if you want to mix things up, or if you are visiting between Nov 1 and July 1 when Elbow Fork Trailhead is inaccessible due to seasonal 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.