Dog Lake via Mill D Trailhead
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2 miles one way
  • Travel Time: 1 1/2 hours one trip
  • Elevation: 1520ft gain
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Dog Lake is a small lake without an outlet.  The water is generally brown, but it is a nice and easy place to hike to.   Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed up the Big Cottonwood trail because of the watershed.  If you would like to take a dog to the lake the Big Water trail in Millcreek Canyon is a better option.  It is located in a forested area with rolling hills instead of the usual mountainn lakes in the Wasatch.

The trailhead is 9.6 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon on the north side of the road, just across the road from the turn off to Donut Falls.

The trail starts by heading parrallel to the road for 1/4 of mile before it enters the Mill D North Fork drainage and heads north.  It stays on the west side of the drainage for 3/4 of mile where the trail splits.   The right fork heads to Desolation Lake.  The left fork heads to Dog Lake.

From the fork, the trail follows the bottom of the gully for 1/2 mile to get to the lake.  This section is a little steep for a beginner hike, but the trail is well maintained and the steep section is short. 

There is a foot path that encirlces the lake.  The trail continues on the north side of the lake up a small hill.  At the top there is a juction with 3 other trails.  The Big & Little Water trails from Millcreek Canyon and the Desolation Trail.  There are a number of ways to make this hike a loop and head to another trailhead.

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