Mary Ellen Gulch

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4.2/5 (17 reviews)
Alpine, Utah (Utah County)
Last Updated: 12/07/2023
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Located about an hour southeast of Salt Lake City in the majestic Wasatch Mountain range, Mary Ellen Gulch offers a lot of adventure for any outdoor enthusiast. From the bottom, you immediately experience the amazing scenery in the Wasatch National Forest and work your way up the old mining road past abandoned gold and silver mines of the late 1800s. Look hard enough, and you might find iron pyrite or fool's gold lying around. If you are more extreme, there have been rumors that you can get lucky panning the mountain streams. There is a story of a Jeeper who panned in one of these canyons and found just enough gold to pay for the expenses of his journey up. Who knows what you may find! As you finish the trail, enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and overlook the Mineral Basin ski lift.

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4.2/5 (18)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/07/2023

Closed for the season. See you next year!
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 11/26/2023
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Visited: 10/20/2023

Mary Ellen Gulch (as well as other trails in the area) are all still accessible via Midway/Heber and Baker Fork Road. I have attached a photo explaining the closed portion of Lower Mill Canyon to help clarify this. The trails are NOT accessible from the west/American Fork as the gate is closed at Tibble Fork, but they can all still be accessed from the east, since the closure gate is just to the west of the Forest Lake trailhead.
Trail Review: Mary Ellen Gulch - TJ Bosworth
Temporary Closure
Visited: 10/15/2023

This trail is in fact NOT open! And american fork Canyon is open. Felt kinda silly asuring 4 other drivers that it was open. "you can trust the comments on TO". Only to find out that it was closed just above Tibble Fork Reservoir.
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Visited: 08/27/2023

Trail is now accessible via Midway.

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