Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

 
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8.5 Miles 13.6 Kilometers

 

79% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

2,155' 657 m

Ascent

-2,167' -660 m

Descent

9,247' 2,819 m

High

7,313' 2,229 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

60%

Max Grade (31°)

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A moderate hike visiting two small lakes, a relaxing walk in the woods!

Kevin L

Overview

Dogs are not permitted in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
This hike is great in that it's challenging without being too difficult, a happy medium among other technical/steep and short/sweet hikes on the Wasatch Front.
Features: Birding — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

Runner Notes

Great trail running

Description

The trail starts at a parking area about 9 miles from the entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon - 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!

Hiking 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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