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blue Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

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Trail

8.5 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
79% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,133' 650 m
Descent: -2,145' -654 m
High: 9,242' 2,817 m
Low: 7,315' 2,230 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Kevin L

A moderate route visiting two small lakes, a relaxing run in the woods!

Kevin L

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Dogs are not permitted in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Overview

This route is great in that it's challenging without being too difficult, a happy medium among other technical/steep and short/sweet runs on the Wasatch Front.

Runner Notes

A great trail for running.

Description

The trail starts at a parking area about 9 miles from the entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon on the Mill D North Fork Trail. It follows a river until meeting the Desolation Trail #19, at which point you can head left or right to either Dog Lake or Desolation Lake, respectively.

A 1-mile connector trail has been established to join the two lakes, and is reflected on this map.

The trail is pretty heavily trafficked, as the scenery of the canyon and lakes themselves is incredible. Also keep an eye out for mountain bikers; it's a great trail for biking, and they can really get moving in parts!

Running in early August affords wildflowers and relatively cool air along the Mill D. North Fork River.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, deer, squirrels, hummingbirds!

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Jul 29, 2018
Emily Harris
lots of power hiking involved getting up to desolation lake 8.4mi — 2h 04m

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