Lamb’s Canyon is between Park City and Salt Lake City; just off of Interstate 80. I had been wanting to explore the area for a while. We stopped off at the exit once in April coming back from SLC, but it was still pretty snowy, the season gate to the road was still locked, and we were not prepared for a long hike.
But we took advantage of a little extra time during the long fourth of July weekend to plan and do a hike in Lamb’s Canyon.
At this point in the season, the gate is open so you can drive all the way into the trailhead. The trailhead is well marked, has restrooms, but fairly limited parking. I saw several cyclists on the road, so that might be something I have to check out at some point.
The weather has been hot and it seemed like many folks started early. However, we only saw a handful of folks on the trail, so the hike gets a good marks for being low traffic. We did see a few trail runners, and some lady on an e-bike (boo). The Lambs Canyon Trail is in good shape, although there are several downed trees across the trail. The trail is reasonably shaded. And there were lots of pretty wildflowers.
Here are the stats on our ascent:
Over two thousand feet in just under three miles is no joke. And it was a pretty steady ascent, so be prepared. On All Trails, the hike was rated as Moderate. I would rate it as Moderate Plus for sure, maybe even Difficult.
Our goal was to turn off and head out to Millvue Peak. Although the actual Lambs Canyon Trail continues straight. But the trail once you leave the Lambs Canyon Trail and turn left toward Millvue peak was pretty overgrown at this point in the season, still had some fairly serious elevation gain, and we were feeling a bit low energy, so we picked a lunch spot looking at Gobbler’s Knob and turned around.
I think we will try to come back and attempt the hike again in the Fall when the weather is cooler, there are less bugs, and maybe some of the vegetation has subsided.