The trail head for the Little Water Trail sits at the top of Millcreek Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah, about 9 miles from the fee station. From the upper parking lot, the trail head is well marked with a wooden sign. I went on a busy holiday weekend and had to park in the overflow area and walk almost a half mile up the road to the trail head. On weekdays, parking is not usually a problem.
Little Water Trail makes a perfect hiking trail for a hot summer day. The trail is shaded most of the way with plenty of aspens and pine trees. The climb is steep in a few areas but not too rocky. The wide trail makes it a good trail running as well.
The trail is popular with mountain bikers on even-numbered days. On odd-numbered days, dogs are allowed on the trail without a leash so expect to see a lot of them. If bringing your dog, keep in mind that they must be on a leash at all times on even numbered days.
No need to worry about losing the trail, with plenty of trail markers along the way. Though the trail is rated difficult in some hiking guides, there are really only a few steep climbs and not hard to the seasoned hiker. Even a beginner could make ti to Dog Lake with rests along the way.
A few stream crossings along the way offer plenty of water for dogs but is not safe for humans without a way to treat it. However, they make nice resting points and a place to cool off.
Near the top, enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains before dropping down to Dog Lake, a popular destination from many trails in both Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons. Near the top is a sign for Dog Lake. Stay left to climb another switchback on the Little Water Trail which will also take you to Dog Lake but adds a little distance. This makes a good turn around point for an out and back hike.
Trail Information and Directions:
Directions: East on 3800 So. to top of Millcreek Canyon 9 miles from fee station
Elevation Gain: 1200 Feet
Distance from upper parking lot: 4.5 miles out and back
Rating: Moderate to difficult