Location: Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Length, One-Way: 3 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 6800 feet
Maximum Elevation: 9200 feet
Elevation Change: 2400 feet
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Difficulty: More Difficult
Parking: Fee Charged
The Porter Fork Trail follows an old mining road that leads to the upper end of the Porter Fork drainage. The trail takes off to the left of the road and continues up to join with the Desolation Trail. This trail can be used to gain access to other trails between Mill Creek Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon.
When winter comes, the Porter Fork Trail becomes a popular snowshoeing location.
Via Mill Creek Canyon Road:
Take Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.2 miles up the canyon to Porter Fork turnoff. Park along Mill Creek Road, vehicle access up to Porter Fork Road is permitted only to Porter Fork residents. Walk up Porter Fork Road until pavement ends about 1.25 miles. Trail begins here and follows the jeep road.
Via Desolation Trail:
In Mill Creek from Thayne Canyon; in Big Cottonwood Canyon from Mill B North Fork, Butler Fork, or Mill D North Fork Trail.