By Steve Baker
Clipper Staff Writer
Start hiking from the Mill Creek Road. It’s possible to drive up to Terraces Picnic area, but you need to be early or you will have a hard time finding a parking place. I started on the road and hiked to the Terraces Picnic area. Hike past the restroom and look for the trail sign on the left. If you’re hiking with a dog, pick up some baggies too. The trail splits immediately, go right for Bowman Trail at the wooden retaining wall. The trail traverses the side of the mountain in shade, then drops to the stream. The trail stays close to the stream and crosses it three times. You enter Mt. Olympus Wilderness Area. At the last crossing the trail leaves the stream and heads for the first switchback before White Fir Pass. This section is the steepest part of the hike. The trail turns sharply left and becomes less steep on the first switchback. On the second switchback, the trail opens to a nice view of Mill Creek Canyon. When the trail flattens out and you see a sitting log under a large conifer, you have arrived at White Fir Pass. Looking west you see Thayne Peak across from Porter Fork. If you feel like more hiking, Baker Spring and Baker Pass is up the trail. Enjoy!
Elevation gain: 1,507 ft.
Round-trip miles: 4.5
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Dogs allowed: Yes
Trailhead restrooms: Yes (Terraces)
From Wasatch Blvd. and 3800 South, drive up Mill Creek Canyon and park at one of the lots near to the Terraces trailhead. Start hiking from Mill Creek Road, as parking at Terrace picnic area fills quickly.