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Pipeline Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

Fantastic alpine trail that is easily accessible from anywhere in Salt Lake City.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.3

KM

95%

Runnable

6,667' 2,032 m

High

5,964' 1,818 m

Low

111' 34 m

Up

814' 248 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features 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).

Runner Notes

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ryan Delany

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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#344

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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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May 6, 2020
Sarah Ratzlaff
Mar 28, 2020
John Pherson
Nice and easy out and back 7mi
Jul 27, 2019
James Dillon
Jun 27, 2019
M Swank
lil hike 6.5mi — 2h 00m
Oct 15, 2017
Yuriy Syrota
11.3mi