Trail Details

Desolation Lake from Big Water Gulch Trailhead<br />via Dog Lake

Desolation Lake from Big Water Gulch Trailhead
via Dog Lake

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 4.0 to 6.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 8.4 miles
 Elevation Gain: 1610 feet
 Main Aspect: North
 Climb Rate: 383 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 7%
Notes: Its a steady climb to Desolation Lake, except for the downhill part after Dog Lake. 1
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Little Water TH
Trailhead Elevation: 7630 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance from Fee Station: 8.5 miles
Area: Mill Creek Canyon
Area Location: East on 3800 S in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: $3
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: This trailhead is at the end of the Mill Creek Canyon road. It shares a parking lot with Big Water Gulgh TH NOTE: The Mill Canyon road is closed east of Maple Cove Campground November 1st to July 1st, so this trailhead is only accessible by non-motorized methods during those months.


Waypoint 1
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.


Destination
Desolation Lake
 Elevation: 9240  AKA: Reynolds Dog Lake
 Feature: Lake
Notes: It is a large mountain lake, with no apparent outlet. Many trails lead to here, including the long distance Desolation Trail.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.659488    Longitude: -111.602485 

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