The mountains around Salt Lake City are gorgeous in the winter, but deep snow makes it all but impossible to get out and explore them on foot. And that’s where snowshoeing in Salt Lake City comes in. Mill Creek Canyon’s Pipeline Trail is awesome for snowshoers for the same reason it’s awesome for hikers and mountain bikers—its approachability and fantastic views. The trail follows an old pipeline that came out of Mill Creek into Salt Lake. Because of this, it’s relatively flat and poses very few challenges: some small hills, but nothing a beginner can’t handle.
Mill D North Fork Trail is a perfect intermediate trail and an ideal introduction for the backcountry novice. The trail goes up into Mill D Canyon at a steady, but not painful grade, with pretty, secluded scenery on the way up. Near the top you have two options: a short, steep hike to Dog Lake or a longer, more graded climb to Desolation Lake, which offers a spectacular view. Just off I-80 near Park City, Lamb’s Canyon is a steep, relentless climb with a descent that can be treacherous. The top of the hike comes with gorgeous views down into Mill Creek Canyon and Salt Lake City that few but the very adventurous (and skilled) have had the opportunity to enjoy.
There are inherent dangers involved with winter backcountry travel. Be aware of avalanche danger before you head out and never travel in the backcountry alone.
Groups: Wasatch Mountain Club