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7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer out and back
92% Runnable


Ascent: 974' 297 m
Descent: -973' -297 m
High: 6,212' 1,893 m
Low: 5,243' 1,598 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by David Clayton

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Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - it's super fun right now! The first .20 mile is some ice and mud, but otherwise it's awesome!

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A popular running / mountain bike trail to Elephant Rock with great views of the Great Salt Lake.

David Clayton

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No closures, though November to May, snow pack is common on the trails.


A beautiful out and back run to Elephant Rock with plenty of scenery along the way.

Runner Notes

As with any trail run, be alert to rocks, roots, and mountain bikers. Otherwise, this is a perfect trail to fit in a quick 7 mile run.


Parking is limited at the first trailhead located on Mueller Park Road. This trailhead is located near the bridge over the creek, just before the forest service fee gates.

The trail is fairly well worn, with easy to follow tracks and easy uphill grades. Runners will enjoy beautiful mature evergreen and scrub oak forests with many areas well watered by nature. Damp areas will have dense fern growth and many wildflowers, which can be a treat in the summer months.

Elephant Rock is located roughly 3.5 miles up the trail and has benches for resting on with a dramatic view of the valley and Great Salt Lake beyond.

Those wishing to continue further up the trail can reach Rudy's Flat and Grandview Peak, or even loop back to Bountiful via the North Canyon Trail.

The trail is highly popular with mountain bikers too, so keep an ear out for them!

Flora & Fauna

Mature lodgepole pines, quaking Aspens, scrub oaks, ferns, and many other wild shrubs keep the trail largely in shade most of the day. Small animals such as squirrels and chipmunks most common, with occasional sightings of moose, elk, or deer possible.


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Feb 2, 2019
Paul Jewkes
Great run! Few people. 6mi
Sep 18, 2016
Kerry Carroll

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  4.5 from 4 votes


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  4.5 from 4 votes
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Spencer Parkin
Spencer Parkin   Bountiful
I've run this trail to E-rock and back more times than I can count. It's a great run. Watch out for down-hill bikers that don't watch the blind corners, and watch out for motorcycles--they yield to no-one. The fall colors on this trail are incredible. Jul 14, 2018
Spencer Parkin
Spencer Parkin   Bountiful
Also, because of high traffic, this trail gets packed down perfectly in winter time. Get yourself a nice pair of spikes and run the trail in winter! You can often get as far as E-rock and back with ease. Jul 14, 2018

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