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Desolation Trail #19

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Trail

17.2 mile 27.7 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 5,803' 1,769 m
Descent: -2,047' -624 m
High: 9,547' 2,910 m
Low: 5,791' 1,765 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)

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Trail shared by Whitney Durham

An epic trail that ties together many different trails and covers a variety of conditions.

Whitney Durham

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Desolation Trail is not difficult technically, but it is one of the longer continuous trails in the area. This steep canyon climb continues to a side mountain traverse. When you reach the shadow of Mt. Raymond, the trail opens up into a high meadow. The trail tends to get a bit more shade than others in the area, especially when you make your way past Dog Lake and finally onto Lake Desolation.

You can also access many other trails in the area from the Desolation Trail, allowing for a variety of runs. Sections of the trail are open to mountain biking and horseback riding so be courteous to other trails users. Other sections of the trail enter the Mount Olympus Wilderness where you'll enjoy a more remote feel.

Flora & Fauna

It is not uncommon to see snakes on this trail. Use caution especially during the daytime in the spring and fall, and in the mornings and evenings in the summer.

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#712

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Singletrack Desolation Trail winds through aspens, evergreens, and grassy meadows
Aug 6, 2017 near Snyderv…, UT
Desolation Lake in the morning light, from an adjacent meadow
Aug 6, 2017 near Snyderv…, UT
On the ridge above Desolation Lake.
Oct 15, 2015 near Snyderv…, UT
Some fall colors near the intersection of the Desolation and Thaynes Canyon trails
Oct 12, 2016 near Mount O…, UT
Looking south across Big Cottonwood Canyon in May brings beautiful snowy views.
May 21, 2017 near Alta, UT
In May, Desolation Lake and the surrounding area are still covered in snow.
May 21, 2017 near Snyderv…, UT

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