Description: Steep and pretty. And pretty steep. The trail begins in lush trees; first climbing a fairly rocky trail, then changing to mostly smooth dirt. A trail soon cuts off to the right (which probably wraps around to Bowman Fork – is that right? Please comment below and we’ll add the info here). The vegetation thins shortly before reaching the basin with its beautiful, open views. The trail then gets even steeper (and slipery in the rain!) as it climbs to the ridge not far below Gobler’s Knob. From here, you can drop down the next ridge and find the Bowman Flats trail back into Millcreek Canyon or turn left at the saddle into Butler Fork in Little Cottonwood.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation gain: 2750′
Steepness: fairly steep much of the time. Strenuous.
Notable Features: abundant wildflowers & autumn foliage.
Fees & Limitations: Mill Creek user fee is $3/per car, $2/senior, and $40/yearly pass, paid when leaving the canyon. Mountain Bikes are only allowed on upper trails in Millcreek Canyon on EVEN numbered days. Dogs must be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days and may be off-leash on odd days ONLY. Dogs must be leashed on all days in developed areas: picnic grounds, parking lots, roads, and housing developments. Dogs are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon just over the ridge.
When to go: summer through fall. A backcountry ski destination in winter (check the avalanche report!)
Directions: 7.8 miles above the Millcreek fee station. On the south/right after passing the Clover Springs Picnic Area.
Mountains, lakes and other features accessed: Gobbler’s Knob.
Connecting & cross trails: Bowman Fork and Butler Fork.