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Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

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Length

8.5 Miles 13.6 Kilometers

79%

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

Elevation

2,133' 650 m

Ascent

-2,145' -654 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

66%

Max Grade (33°)

9,242' 2,817 m

High

7,315' 2,230 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 74 days ago
Snowy, Icy: Snow on trail but it's well packed down all the way up to the lake. Lake is covered in snow but beautiful up there. History

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

Kevin L

Overview

Dogs are not permitted in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
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.
Features: Birding — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

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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