Trail Running for Beginners
Pipeline Trail (Mill Creek Canyon)
Type: Out and Back
Distance: Up to 8 miles
The Pipeline might be the busiest trail in Mill Creek, but that’s understandable. The trail is wide for a single track, and from Burch Hollow to the Salt Lake Valley overlook, there’s little change in elevation. The trail meanders along the northern slope of the canyon, where the packed clay mimics a high school track. There are only a few rocky sections, which mainly begin once you pass Rattlesnake Gulch on your way to the overlook.
There are excellent views of the open canyon along the length of the trail, so those just getting started have nothing to lose by pulling up short and heading back to Burch Hollow. Runners wanting to add a little variation or intensity can start at Elbow Fork or run down Rattlesnake Gulch, a brutal slope in both directions.
Getting there: Take exit 4 off of I-215 and drive north on Wasatch Boulevard to 3800 South. Turn right, and continue on this road for 4.3 miles past the fee station to the Burch Hollow trailhead (4.3 miles) or to Elbow Fork (6.1 miles). Both trailheads are on the north side of the canyon.