Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing in Mill Creek Canyon, only 18 miles from downtown Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
December 19th, 2009 – by: lwatkins47
Whole different experience in the winter. They lower the gate over the road at 4 miles up the canyon & stop plowing the road. So we had a two lane road all the way up covered with snow & well packed. Apparently they pack once each time it seriously snows & then leave it to the hordes to finish packing it. The day before, Solitude Nordic Area had been totally peaceful & quiet with vast open space.
We decided that it was packed well enough that the Kahtoola Micro Spikes were enough. Kahtoola Micro Spikes We got ours at REI for $59. REI The most wonderful outdoor store in the world Just enter Kahtoola in the search at the top of the page.
And everyone and their dog, quite literally, showed up. I bet we passed 50 dogs, nearly all off leash & as far as I could tell all being well mannered. The owners all carry plastic baggies to carry out the leavings of their 4 legged companions which is good, actually excellent.
People greeted each other going & coming. For so many people it was quiet pleasant. It was also surprising that you could go 15 to 20 minutes at a time & neither see nor hear a single person or dog, or goat.
It is 1.5 miles up to Elbow Fork & 5 miles to Big Water which is pretty much the of the end of the road.
To get to Mill Creek Canyon you head south from anywhere in the downtown area & when you get to 3800 south you go right, toward the mountains. Or take the east loop of I 215 & exit on 3300 South. Go down the frontage road to 3800 South, turn toward the mountains. Either way you wind up going up Mill Creek Canyon if you stay on the road. the City & the Forest Service entered into an agreement & it now costs $3.00 per car per day or $20.00 per year for access to the canyon. We did the $20. deal Mill Creek Canyon Unfortunately it only gives you summer pictures put you can get a feel for the canyon. The prices on the web page are wrong.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!