Trail Guide: Desolation Lake

Desolation Lake: Trail Guide

Desolation Lake is a beautiful out and back hike that features a lake. This well marked trail is popular for mountain bikers, hikers and winter sports.

Desolation Lake Info
Distance: 7-8 Miles RT
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
Dog Friendly:No
Costs/Permits:No cost

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There are several trailheads that lead to Desolation Lake. However, I prefer theMill D North Fork Trailheadsince it gives me a great workout.
Beartrap Fork
Willow Heights (I’ve never attempted this route)

Trail Descriptions

As a result of it’s glacier formation, Desolation lake sits in a large bowl in the Wasatch mountain range. In the past Mountain Bikers frequently ride this trail; although few make it to the lake. So beware.

Aside from a well-marked fork in the road (if you go left you will arrive at Dog Lake) the trail stays on a well marked path. From the fork continue up the well marked trail to the lake and then turn back the way you came. Alternatively, you can combine with other trails for a great point to point hike.

In brief, Desolation Lake is a great hike, although not dog friendly. In fact, the Mill D North Trail is also a great winter trail for snowshoeing and hiking(be sure to check out my winter recommendations).

Before you go! Have you done this hike and finally, which is your favorite route?



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