Tell your pup that they are going for a hike on the Left Fork Huntington Creek Trail, and you will probably get a wet sloppy kiss of excitement. This beautiful trail meanders through the northern end of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and is the pawfect place to spend some quality time with your fur baby.
The main trailhead is inside the Fork of Huntington Campground. From here, the trail follows the Left Fork of Huntington Creek up to Miller Flat Road. There is a bit of an incline, so if your pal wants to avoid hiking uphill, begin at the Miller Flat Trailhead. The dirt path runs near the creek, through clusters of fragrant pines, and cuts across open meadows. In the spring and early summer, the area is lush and green, and if you time your visit just right, you’ll be treated to a furrific display of wildflowers.
A wildfire ripped through the area in 2012, so there are some barren patches along the trail. In certain spots you will also see piles of debris in the creek. If your pal wants to swim, choose an area with mild current and away from the jumble of logs. There are also a couple of side streams they may want to wade in.
Restrooms are available at both trailheads, and drinking
water can be found at the Fork of Huntington Campground. Make sure your water
bottles are full to the brim before setting off on the trail, and it wouldn’t
be a bad idea of you brought some snacks for both you and your pup. If your
doggo isn’t up for a 12 mile out and back hike, arrange for a pick up and drop
off, or park a shuttle vehicle at the trailhead opposite your starting
point. Make no mistake, your pooch will go mutts over this pawsome trail!