Trail Details

Desolation Trail from Mill B North Fork Trailhead<br />via Desolation Lake

Desolation Trail from Mill B North Fork Trailhead
via Desolation Lake

 Hike Time: 10.0 to 17.0 hours
 Distance: 10.6 miles
 Elevation Gain: 6130 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 578 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 11%
Notes: This is an variation to the Desolation trail. It is shorter and starts a bit higher than the traditional route. 3
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Mill B North Fork TH
Trailhead Elevation: 6210 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 4.3 miles
Area: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Area Location: East on 7200 S (SR190) in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: There is a parking lot in a wide area of the sharp S turn at Mill B. It does not fit many cars, so you might need to park in the Mill B South Fork parking area a few hundred feet to the south.


Waypoint 1
Big Cottonwood Overlook
 Elevation: 7100  Feature: Ridge
Notes: The views are worth the effort to get here. See Big Cottonwood below, Kessler Peak to the east, Mill B South Fork Canyon to the south and Salt Lake Valley to the west.
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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