Muskrat Canyon is a moderately challenging 2.5-mile out-and-back trail just off I-80 west of Salt Lake City, perfect for an off-pavement break from freeway traffic. The trailhead sits just off Highway 196 beyond two gates (as always, leave them as you found them) and features incredible views of the salt-flat valley below. The lower section of Muskrat is hampered by rutting and is best avoided after a rainstorm. As the trail gains elevation, the sandy rutted path gives way to a more narrow and rocky traverse up the 800 feet of elevation change. About three-quarters of the way up is a peaceful campsite nestled amongst Juniper trees in the shadow of snowcapped mountains. Beyond the camp spot, the trail enters a recent burn area and gets a little more technical before hitting a gate at a wilderness area line. Muskrat Canyon Trail is short, restful, and challenging enough to be interesting.
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