Mary Ellen Gulch

Alpine, Utah (Utah County)

Last Updated: 11/18/2021
4.1 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Highlight: Mary Ellen Gulch
Located about an hour southeast of Salt Lake City in the majestic Wasatch Mountain range is an offroad trail that offers a lot of adventure for any outdoor enthusiast. From the bottom, you get to experience some of the amazing scenery in the Wasatch National Forest and work your way up the old mining road to some of the abandoned gold and silver mines. If you look hard enough you can find iron pyrite or fools gold laying around! If you are more extreme, there have been rumors that you can get lucky panning in some of the streams. There is a story of a Jeeper who panned in one of these canyons and found just enough gold to pay for his expenses from his journey up, so who knows what you may find! All the mines you find in this area were very active gold and silver mines in the late 1800's. As you finish the trail you will also get to take in some great views of the surrounding mountains and overlook the Mineral Basin ski lift.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is a big dirt parking lot with multiple roads branching off of it. The trailhead to Mary Ellen Gulch is the road farthest west and is marked by a white sign.

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. Follow Lower Mill Canyon until Waypoint 6, 3.9 miles up. You will find a large dirt lot to the left of the trail, this is the where the trail starts and you will find the white sign on a post marking the trail. If you find yourself at a water crossing you have gone too far and need to turn around!

Camping

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Land Use Issues

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort has purchased much of Mary Ellen Gulch. It is unknown as to what their plans are for the future, however, posted signs have shown that OHV's are welcome onto snowbird property as long as you are respectful and stay on the trail. Keep checking back for any updates on changes to OHV legality within Snowbird property.

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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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