Dog Lake (Mill Creek Canyon)

Posted: 13th August 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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The weather forecast for today called for temperatures in the upper 90s. Since my dog has trouble handling the heat, I decided today to hike again to Dog Lake.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of lakes one can hike to with a dog in this area. I hiked to Dog Lake last week, and went on to Little Water Peak. However this week I took two smaller hikes so today I just went to Dog Lake and no further.

As usual, I took the Little Water trail and tried to keep a fairly brisk pace. It took approximately 35 minutes from the car to the lake. I spent a fair amount of time at the lake today. I walked around the lake and spent time throwing sticks into the lake for the dog to go after.

To stretch out what was becoming more of a relaxed day today, I took the Big Water trail back down. This trail is longer and not as steep as the trail I took up. If you look at the map below, you can easily compare the two trails.

I got kind of a late start today and the biting flies were already active. I got quite a few bites but they weren’t as bad by the lake as they were last week on Little Water peak, for example.

A fairly uneventful hike today. Aside from the hike up and the biting flies, it was mostly a nice relaxing afternoon in the mountains. There were even a few clouds that came out and blocked the Sun for a little while, cooling things down.

Dog Lake: 8,818 Feet
Elevation Gained: 1,752 Feet
Distance Traveled: 4.69 Miles
Time on Mountain: 3 Hours and 9 Minutes

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