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Posted on 06-26-2017

What’s more fun than enjoying your summertime with a canine companion? Here is a compilation of dog friendly hikes in Utah!

Dimple Dell Nature Park

Located on 10400 S. 1300 E. in Sandy, this nature park has a little bit of everything for everyone. It is a beautiful nature trail where horses, bicycles, and dogs are allowed. If you choose to take your dog on this trail, they are required to wear a leash AT ALL TIMES. Off-leash dogs have become a hazard to horseback riders who use the trail, not to mention your dog could become injured by a scared horse.  As usual, any doggie waste is to be bagged up and taken with you. Several reviewers of the park were disappointed in the lack of leash law compliance from almost every dog owner. Be aware that fines have been given for having your dog off leash.

Mill Creek Canyon

If you are planning on venturing up Mill Creek Canyon, remember that on even-numbered days dogs must be leashed at all times in all areas of the canyon. On odd-numbered days dogs are allowed off-leash, but only on trails. They must be leashed everywhere else in the canyon. They also ask that you please properly dispose of your dog’s waste. Mill Creek is such a beautiful canyon with picnic areas, camping, biking trails, hiking trails and places to cook over a fire. You could definitely make a day of it and hike in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch in the afternoon! If your dog isn’t good with other dogs, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them on odd-numbered days. Even if your dog stays on leash, all the other dogs will be off-leash and it could create some issues. We’ve witnessed this before, and it can get messy.

Adams Canyon Trail

This is one of my favorite hikes with my dogs! It is rated as a moderate hike and is approximately 5.2 miles with an elevation gain of 2,864 feet. There are a lot of families who hike this trail with smaller children in tow, just be sure to be responsible and aware of the other people using the trail if you choose to allow your dog off leash. Some parts of the trail were difficult for a small dog to get through without help, so you’ll want to be sure that your dog is already fairly active as you won’t want to be carrying them all the way out! This trail ends in a beautiful waterfall with a small flat area across the water in which to rest. We brought our two dogs as well as picnic lunches for the end. This is a must hike trail this summer!

Tanner Park

Located at 2740 S 2700 E, Salt Lake City, UT, US, this isn’t technically a dog hike or dog park. East of the parking lot at the top of Tanner Park, there is a small closed road that you can hike down. Eventually it turns into an off-leash area with several places where dogs can play in a river. There are pretty strict rules about waste disposal, as well as designated areas for river entry. Be sure to follow all of the rules posted at the park so we can all continue to enjoy this area! Be aware that the river can be very dangerous and may not be appropriate for certain dogs or people. Also, there are reports of giardia outbreaks in this area several times a year.

Dog Lake Trail

This hike can be a little difficult for smaller children or older and small pets as it is a 5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1325 feet. To access this trail, you will want to head towards the Lower Big Water trailhead located up Mill Creek Canyon. Don’t try to access Dog Lake through Big Cottonwood Canyon. Dogs aren’t allowed on that trail because it is part of Salt Lake City’s watershed.

This hike ends in a beautiful lake that my dog LOVED playing in! Unfortunately, I made the mistake of allowing him to play a little bit too much and he injured his paw pads. Make sure you don’t overdo it while you’re playing! Brutus’ paw injury definitely made the hike down a lot more difficult for everyone. Make sure your dog remains on a leash if you hike this trail on an even numbered day, as only odd numbered days are okay to have your dog off-leash. We look forward to the snow melting each year to take Brutus on this awesome hike!

For more information on Utah’s best hiking trails, check out bringfido.com!

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