Trail Details

Desolation Peak from Beartrap Fork Trailhead<br />via Beartrap Fork

Desolation Peak from Beartrap Fork Trailhead
via Beartrap Fork

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 3.0 to 5.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 4.6 miles
 Elevation Gain: 2446 feet
 Main Aspect: Southwest
 Climb Rate: 1063 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 20%
Notes: This trail is the shortest path to Desolation Lake. 9
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Beartrap Fork TH
Trailhead Elevation: 7560 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 10.7 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 somewhat difficult to find. Look for the gate in the picture on the northeast side of the road. There is really no parking area, just park along the road near the gate.

Waypoint 1
Beartrap Fork
 Elevation: 9500  Feature: Canyon
Notes: This trail is not used much and is the shortest route to Desolation Peak and Desolation Lake.

Desolation Peak
 Elevation: 9990  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.

Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.658103    Longitude: -111.595779 

 WasatchHiker Map (shows trails)    
 Google Map (shows lat/lon on map)

External Links
for this trail
Route Description  SummitPost
 Utah Outdoors

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