Little Water Peak, Mill Creek Canyon

Posted: 17th September 2010 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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Dog Lake

Dog Lake

Took another hike to Dog Lake today. This is a tiny lake between Big Cottonwood and Mill Creek Canyons. Since I have a dog and no dogs are allowed in Big Cottonwood (because of watershed concerns), I hike from the Mill Creek side. On odd-numbered days, cyclists are not allowed on this trail and dogs can be off leash.

Today was a great hike. You can reach the lake by taking either the Big Water or Little Water trail. Big Water is steeper and shorter, while Little Water is easier but longer. I took Big Water and tried to push myself. I managed to shave a couple of minutes off my fastest time and went from my car to the lake in around 36 minutes.

After a snack, I decided to hike a little more. There are two peaks near the lake: Reynolds Peak to the South-West, and Little Water Peak to the North-East. I’ve hiked to Reynolds Peak several times. So, today I decided to hike up the hills to the North-East.

Looking Down on Dog Lake

Looking Down on Dog Lake

This was not a long excursion but the hills were quite steep and, each time I’d hit a peak, there’d be another behind it. The highest peak, which I only later determined was Little Water Peak, was not visible from Dog Lake. I simply went from one peak to the next until I ended up on Little Water Peak, about 1,000 feed above Dog Lake. There were some terrific views from here. Some of the trees were beginning to hint at their falls colors.┬áTo the East, I could see range after range of mountains in the direction of Park City, although I wasn’t able to identify the places I could see.

Hungry Moose

Hungry Moose

After returning to the lake, I decided to take a relaxing stroll down the Little Water trail. The weather was warming up and, while I could still “feel it” from pushing myself at the start of the hike, I felt really great. I did come upon a moose about 15-20 feet from the trail. He seemed harmless enough and so I snapped a few pictures.

Hike: Little Water Peak (9,605′)
Trailhead: Small parking lot at the very end of Mill Creek Canyon
Directions: Drive to the very end of Mill Creek Canyon. The Big Water trailhead is on the East end of the parking lot. The Little Water trailhead is on the South end. Both will take you to Dog Lake. There were no substantial trails on the route I took from Dog Lake to Little Water Peak.

Grove of Aspen Trees

Grove of Aspen Trees

View from Little Water Peak

View from Little Water Peak

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