The Big Water Trail, located in Mill Creek Canyon, is a 3 mile hike, bike, horseback ride or cross country ski trail. The trail ends at the meeting of the Desolation Trail just above Dog Lake. This trail is highly used by hikers and bikers, therefore some restrictions have been implemented to avoid conflict. Mountain bikes are permitted on the trail on even numbered calendar days. Dogs are allowed in Mill Creek Canyon but must be kept on a leash at all trail heads and developed sites including the parking areas.
Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Follow Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 9.1 miles up the canyon to the parking lot. Please note that the upper parking lot fills up very quickly on weekends. Horse trailers can park in the lower overflow parking area down the canyon. Illegal parking and the small upper parking lot makes it difficult for horse trailers to park and almost impossible for larger trailers. Access #2: Take Mill D North Fork Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon to Dog Lake then on the Desolation Trail which connects with the Big Water Trail. Dogs and horses are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon due to watershed restrictions.