This is a short, moderate hike to one of the most popular lakes in the Wasatch through a nice wooded canyon.


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


This hike to Dog Lake is a short and wooded trail of mostly easy angle except for one steep final climb to the lake.

It climbs a little over 1000 feet in the 2 1/2 miles it takes to gain the lake.

Park at the Mill D north parking lot on the north side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 8.8 miles up the road.

The trail is well marked and well traveled.

Hiking and mountain biking are allowed so keep an eye out for bikes coming down the trail.

It starts out with a few switchbacks and then traverses around and into the canyon where it meets up with the creek.

The trail parallels the creek and comes to a branch in the trail.

Take the left (east) branch marked towards Dog Lake.

The trail continues straight and steepens up a gully until it pops out at the lake.