Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing in Mill Creek Canyon, only 18 miles from downtown Salt Lake City

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Kahtoola micro spikes. www.kahtoola.com. They can be had from REI for $59.00
Last Saturday we decided we wanted to go somewhere close to town to snowshoe or cross country ski. We decided to give Mill Creek Canyon a try. I have been there in the summer & gone to the top where the road ends, parked & then hiked. It is pretty steep & the trail is narrow & windy. I was really uncertain how this was going to work out but a friend had suggested we might like it so off we went.

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.
They are great. The rubbery part doesn't break the way Yak Traxs do & they have a better spike system
Mill Creek is confined to what in the summer is a road & some trails off to the side but basically the sides of the mountain & the water coming down both sides of the road are right there. There is not valley.

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.
On Saturday there were also 4 goats pulling a sled. Actually 2 fully grown Nubians pulling & 2 young LaManchas playing drawback.

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.


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Kahtoola micro spikes. www.kahtool…
Kahtoola micro spikes. www.kahtoo…
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They are great. The rubbery part …
Trees are large enough to meet in …
Trees are large enough to meet in…
Stream beside the road
Stream beside the road
Oh no! A wolf! Help!
Never mind,i…
Oh no! A wolf! Help! Never mind,…
She has a kid in her right arm & a…
She has a kid in her right arm & …
Here is the dad with the baby sled
Here is the dad with the baby sled
The wold family & all the gear. Th…
The wold family & all the gear. T…
I was fascinated with the ice crys…
I was fascinated with the ice cry…
Creek
Creek
more ice & green algae
more ice & green algae
a very long legged great dane
a very long legged great dane
tree fallen across the creek
tree fallen across the creek
creek
creek
People & dogs
People & dogs
Mike, people & dogs
Mike, people & dogs
wall above the stream
wall above the stream
more wall
more wall
and yet more wall. Im amazed that…
and yet more wall. I'm amazed tha…
him, her, dog
him, her, dog
the dad was pulling a little sled …
the dad was pulling a little sled…
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This little kid was going for it …
same pair
same pair
of all these people I finally saw …
of all these people I finally saw…
Off they go
Off they go
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His dad says the little kid sleep…
mom, dad, sleeper
mom, dad, sleeper
8 month old was all a giggle. He w…
8 month old was all a giggle. He …
these 2 people were running down t…
these 2 people were running down …
They were getting geared up & the …
They were getting geared up & the…
Bike had ridden up the canyon to w…
Bike had ridden up the canyon to …
the goats after they had been deta…
the goats after they had been det…
I was asking the guy if they had t…
I was asking the guy if they had …
the sled the goats were pulling
the sled the goats were pulling
the 2 LaManchas loaded up instantl…
the 2 LaManchas loaded up instant…
Roscoe wanted to explore the parki…
Roscoe wanted to explore the park…
Ford Windstar, a goat hauling mach…
Ford Windstar, a goat hauling mac…
from the car going back down the c…
from the car going back down the …
then why do they have to stop?
then why do they have to stop?
Nice name for an outhouse
Nice name for an outhouse
the attendant wasnt spending any …
the attendant wasn't spending any…
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