Big Water Trail to Dog Lake (Mill Creek Canyon)

Posted: 9th July 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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For the second time in a week, I took another hike to Dog Lake from Mill Creek Canyon.

I usually take the Little Water trail, which is shorter and steeper. Today, I hiked with some friends who are not regular hikers and we took the Big Water trail, which is longer but has a gentler slope.

For those of you who would like a nice hike, this is definitely one to consider.  That goes double if you want to hike with your dog. I saw people at all different levels of fitness on the trail. It took us around 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the lake. Obviously, it takes longer if you go slower or stop more. But it really is a fairly easy hike.

Two tips: First, if it’s hot, be sure to take enough water for you and your dog. Second, if you’re taking a dog, go on an odd-numbered day. Dogs can be off-leash on odd-numbered days, and bike are allowed on the trail only on even-numbered days.

I realized that when I hike normally, I don’t spend a whole lot of time at the destination. Today was a bit different. And the dogs loved it!

On the way back, we took a slightly different route near the bottom that took use to the lower parking lot. I then walked a short distance up the road to my car.

We saw a few patches of snow but there wasn’t much and what was left was melting fast. Sorry, no pictures for this week.

Dog Lake Altitude: 8,752 Feet
Elevation Gain: 2,156 Feet
Distance Traveled: 5.73 Miles
Time on Mountain: 4 Hours and 20 minutes

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