Trail Details

Desolation Trail from Desolation TH<br />via Desolation Lake

Desolation Trail from Desolation TH
via Desolation Lake

 Hike Time: 13.0 to 22.0 hours
 Distance: 14.3 miles
 Elevation Gain: 8050 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 563 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 11%
Notes: The Desolation Trail travels most of the mountain range between Mill Creek and Big Cottonwood Canyons. It is one of the longer trails in the Wasatch. 2
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Desolation TH
Trailhead Elevation: 5750 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance from Fee Station: 2.5 miles
Area: Mill Creek Canyon
Area Location: East on 3800 S in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: $3
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: Thayne Canyon is three miles up Mill Creek Canyon, directly south of Church Fork. The Thayne Canyon and Desolation Trails both start here. They divide after a hundred yards. For Desolation, go west (right).


Waypoint 1
Salt Lake Overlook
 Elevation: 6965  Feature: Ridge
Notes: It is fun coming over that last hill and seeing the Salt Lake Valley. The big canyon below you is Green Canyon, a split from Mill Creek Canyon.
Waypoint 2
Mount Raymond
 Elevation: 10241  Feature: Peak
Notes: Mt Raymond can easily be climbed in tandem with its neighbor to the east, Gobblers Knob. From its summit there are awesome views of rugged geology everywhere. The view to the south, across Big Cottonwood is not too bad either.
Waypoint 3
Baker Pass
 Elevation: 9340  Feature: Saddle
Notes: Bakers Pass is the saddle between Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond. From here, you can go to one or both peaks. Gobblers Knob is an easy walk-up peak, Mt Raymond is a bit more challenging, but has awesome views.
Waypoint 4
Dog Lake
 Elevation: 8780  AKA: Reynolds Dog Lake
 Feature: Lake
Notes: The lake is a popular destination from Mill Creek or Big Cottonwood Canyons. It sits under Reynolds Peak and Little Water Peak. You might see many mountain bikers on even numbered days of the month, when they are allowed on trails in Mill Creek Canyon.
Waypoint 5
Desolation Lake
 Elevation: 9240  Feature: Lake
Notes: It is a large mountain lake, with no apparent outlet. Many trails lead to here, including the long distance Desolation Trail.


Destination
Desolation Trail
 Elevation: 9240  Feature: Trail-Distance
Notes: The Desolation Trail ends at Desolation Lake.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.693531    Longitude: -111.742717 

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