Dog Lake (Mill Creek Canyon)

Posted: 13th August 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
Comments Off on Dog Lake (Mill Creek Canyon)

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


View Hike-2011-08-13 in a larger map

Comments are closed.