Lower Mill Canyon

Highland, Utah (Utah County)

Last Updated: 05/11/2018
3.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/01
Length: 5.21 miles
Highest Elevation: 7711 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Highland
Nearest Town w/ Services: Highland
Official Road Name: 085
Management Agency: Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
District: Pleasant Grove Ranger District


Highlight: Lower Mill Canyon
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The start of the trail is a dirt parking lot with some trailer space for the day, however, people are encouraged to park in the parking lot for Tibble Fork Reservoir just down the road. It is a fully paved lot with plenty of parking as long as you arrive early. By mid-day on the weekends, you are sure to have trouble finding a spot at all.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Alpine, Utah

Follow UT 92 east until you take a left on UT 144. Continue on UT 144 for 2.5 miles until you pass Tibble Fork Reservoir. After the parking lot by the lake, the road will U-turn uphill to the left, or you can continue straight to the dirt parking lot. This is the air down lot and the trailhead for Lower Mill Canyon.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Does access to FR085 close in early winter? Hoping to go up this weekend - no snow up AF Canyon, so it should be clear. Just wasn't sure if they gate it past a certain point in the season despite if there's snow or not.
–Jen (12/01/2017)
–TJ Bosworth (12/08/2017)

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TJ Bosworth

Mapping Crew - Utah

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!
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