Mineral Fork Trail

  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation gain: 2,000 feet
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Overall: 7
  • Reference: North-central Utah, just southeast of Salt Lake City, just east of the Twin Peaks Wilderness.
  • User groups: Hikers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers. No wheelchair access.
  • Pets are not allowed on this trail
  • Permits: No permits are required. Parking and access are free.


From Wasatch Boulevard in Salt Lake City, drive east on 7200 South into Big Cottonwood Canyon for a total of about six miles to the trailhead on the south side of the road.


Trails Illustrated's Wasatch Front/Strawberry Valley. For USGS topographic maps, ask for Mount Aire and Dromedary Peak.


Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84121; (801) 943-1794.

Trail notes

A big gate currently blocks all vehicular traffic from the old road that rises to the Wasatch Mine in about three miles. So easy to follow, this hike would make a great start for someone new to the sport. After several switchbacks, the road arrives at a commanding overlook of Big Cottonwood Canyon to the north. From the Wasatch Mine, if energy and interest remain high, a long series of switchbacks take you by trail to the Regulator Johnson Mine in about another 1.5 miles. A scramble to the pass about 200 feet in elevation gain above this mine leaves you breathless and able to look back down over your entire route.

Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.

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