Alexander Basin

Salt Lake Hiking Trails

Trail Head: 40.6967, -111.677
Trail Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.5 or more miles out and back

This trail climbs steeply through the forest to Alexander Basin, a beautiful glaciated bowl located below Gobblers Knob, on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley. This hike is best done in summer and fall; wildflowers are bounteous and fall colors are gorgeous. Some cross country ski or snowshoe the trail during winter.

Overlooks provide grand views of the Mill Creek Canyon area and out over the Salt Lake Valley.


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The trailhead is located in Mill Creek Canyon, about 7.8 miles above the fee station. Look for it on the south side of the road after you pass the Clover Springs Picnic Area.

Alexander Basin

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The trail meanders south from the trailhead, climbing for about 1 mile before reaching Alexander Basin. Spend a little time exploring and enjoying the basin and then return the way you came in.

Our map shows approximate locations.

Gobblers Knob

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Alternately, you can continue on around the shoulder of Gobblers Knob to the Bowman Fork Trail. You can also find your way up to the summit of Gobblers Knob, for spectacular views of the surrounding area.

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