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The Mill Fork Trail leaves from the Loop Campground at the upper end of South Willow Canyon Road. It winds up through a heavy aspen stand then into fir and spruce trees, across several large open meadows with conifer
stands scattered throughout the area. The lower part of the trail is a gentle, gradual climb for a couple of miles then switchbacks up the headwall to top out on the ridge looking into Indian Hickman Canyon. It's an easy trail for some distance and the view from the ridge is well worth the hike.

In the fall, this is an extremely beautiful hike due to the aspens and their fall colors. Flowers are abundant during years of good precipitation, while other years are rather scarce. Deer and coyote are abundant up through Mill Fork and both blue grouse and ruffed grouse may be encountered. Early morning is the most pleasant time to enjoy the area, especially during the summer months when the Stansburys heat up, and with no water available along the trail, it's necessary to take ample water for your trip.

To get away to a different area and be free of the hiking congestion of the Wasatch Front, the Mill Fork Trail offers a very pleasant and rewarding hike for those willing to drive a few extra miles. This trail offers views of Tooele
Valley, the Cedar Mountains, and the Great Salt Lake.

Dogs and horses are allowed in the Stansbury Mountain Range. Please keep your dog leashed at all times at all developed areas and parking lots.

Directions: From Salt Lake City, Head west on I-80 and take the Stansbury-Tooele exit. Follow the signs to Grantsville. In Grantsville turn south on Cooley Street and head out of town. Turn west on the South Willow Canyon Road and follow it to the end. There is a trailhead sign at the beginning of the trail.

Elevation: 7,440 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,880 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,440 feet

Distance: 2.7 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

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