The Best of Millcreek Canyon

The Best of Millcreek Canyon

With popular Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons not too far away, Millcreek Canyon is a gem hidden right in the Salt Lake valley. Millcreek Canyon sports scenic views, some of the best autumn leaves in the valley, incredible hiking trails, allowances for dogs, lovely picnic areas, a ritzy restaurant, and more.


Millcreek Canyon offers fresh air and stunning views that are easily worth the drive up the canyon. If you have time and enjoy walking through nature while getting a workout in, be sure to plan a hike. There are several trails, rated from easy to hard, throughout the canyon. We recommend taking a look at trail maps and reviews on AllTrails so that you can plan accordingly. Never forget to bring water and let someone know when and where you’ll be hiking! These are three of the best trails:

  • Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail – If you are looking for a great view of the Salt Lake Valley, this 5.2-mile out and back is easily doable if you are in decent physical shape.
  • Mill Creek Pipeline Trail – Don’t let the 13.3-mile length scare you. This trail is relatively flat after the initial ascent and is perfect for trail running or a leisurely walk with canyon views. Multiple places sync into the path, so do some research about where you want to start. And, if you happen to have a mountain bike, this trail is always open for mountain biking.
  • Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork – Grandeur Peak is an excellent peak for beginning mountaineers looking to get more summiting experience. While rated as hard because of elevation gain, it’s a peak hike that is easily doable in the space of a few hours. It also delivers splendid views of the canyon and the Salt Lake valley. Beware of false summits, and plan to get all the way to the top for the best views!


If you’re wondering if you can bring your furry canine buddy with you on your hikes, the answer is yes! Dogs are allowed in Millcreek Canyon on a leash on even-numbered days and off a leash on odd-numbered days.


Millcreek Canyon is also home to several other things beyond its hiking trails. While the canyon only allows backcountry camping, there are several excellent and easily accessible picnic spots–complete with tables and firepits. Picnic spots are located throughout the canyon and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 AM -10 PM. Our favorite picnic spots are near the Desolation Trailhead parking areas. It’s important to note that you’ll lose phone service not too far into the canyon, so bring some wood and roast s’mores in the firepit while listening to downloaded songs on your Bluetooth speaker.


If hiking, biking, backcountry camping, and picnicking aren’t your style, you can also visit the elegant Log Haven restaurant located up Millcreek Canyon. Here, you can expect mouth-watering food prepared by skilled gourmet chefs with an ambiance to match. Log Haven is available for private events, including weddings. Additionally, the Millcreek Inn, also located inside the canyon, is a popular choice for a destination wedding. The views and venue setup can’t be found anywhere else near Salt Lake valley.

No matter what you’re looking for, Millcreek Canyon has something unique to offer for every person.