Lower Mill Canyon

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3.8/5 (14 reviews)
Highland, Utah (Utah County)
Last Updated: 09/28/2023

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Referred to as American Fork Canyon to the local wheelers, this is one of the few awesome places to offroad near Salt Lake City or Provo. Lush green forest and plenty of camping are to be expected throughout the trail. It is fairly well traveled so you will probably not be alone but there are enough trails to explore that you won't on somebody's back all day. You will get a good taste of what the Utah mountains have to offer as far as the greenery and steep inclines. There are a number of fun obstacles to test anybody's limits, but almost all of them have a bypass if you feel that they are too hard. Camping is everywhere up here and this is as close to the city as you can be while being "away from it all".

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3.8/5 (14)
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Partially Open
Visited: 09/27/2023

Lower Mill Canyon is still closed from the American Fork side, but the upper portion is open and accessible via Midway and Baker Fork Road. There is a gate just downhill from Forest Lake.
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 07/03/2023

Confirming the review below. Forest Road 085 (Lower Mill Canyon) is closed to all motorized use for public safety due to road damage. The official forest service documentation says 'until June 30, 2023' however upon visiting on 07/03 there is still a temporary Road Closed fence blocking traffic after the first group of campsites directly after Tibble Fork reservoir.
Trail Review: Lower Mill Canyon - Ariana Dufour
Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/09/2023

Closed due to damage until further notice
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/24/2022

Closed for the season! See you next year!
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very pretty drive that's definitely worth doing if you live in the valley. Somewhat crowded on the weekend, but nothing annoying. Will probably do again to explore some of the other offshoots and/or camp in the summer. Good easy trail to take visiting family on as well for a day trip.
Trail Review: Lower Mill Canyon - Jon Rollins
Trail Review: Lower Mill Canyon - Jon Rollins
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