Trail Details

Desolation Lake from Willow Heights Trailhead<br />via Desolation Peak

Desolation Lake from Willow Heights Trailhead
via Desolation Peak

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 4.0 to 6.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 9.8 miles
 Elevation Gain: 1420 feet
 Main Aspect: Southwest
 Climb Rate: 290 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 5%
Notes: This trail features 2 lakes and 2 peaks, as you walk down the ridge that seperates Big Cottonwood Canyon from Park City. 1
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Willow Heights TH
Trailhead Elevation: 7820 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 11.5 miles
Area: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Area Location: East on 7200 S (SR190) in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: The trailhead is on the north side of the road. Look for a large rock with a plaque on it. There is not much parking.


Waypoint 1
Willow Lake
 Elevation: 8480  AKA: Willow Heights
 Feature: Lake
Notes: Willow Heights is a basin with Willow Lake and gentle terrain. A great hike for the family, or snow shoe in the winter. Follow the trail northeast from the lake to find the secluded Dry Lake.
Waypoint 2
Silver Peak
 Elevation: 10002  AKA: Silver Benchmark
 Feature: Peak
Notes: It is at the top of the ridge separating Willow Fork and Beartrap Fork.
Waypoint 3
Desolation Peak
 Elevation: 9990  AKA: Ninety Nine 90
 Feature: Peak
Notes: The peak looks down on Desolation Lake, but also provides great 360 degree views. The Wasatch Crest trail goes below its base, so it is likely you will see mountain bikers, especially on odd days of the month when bikers are allowed in upper Mill Creek.


Destination
Desolation Lake
 Elevation: 9240  AKA: Ninety Nine 90
 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 

 WasatchHiker Map (shows trails)    
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