Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Pretty beautiful during this season! Loved the hike and took my pups. Definitely recommend it! Not too hard at all. Went on a Tuesday, early afternoon and there were hardly anybody hiking so that was pretty nice.
I went on a Sunday morning and although it was a bit more crowded than I would have liked, it wasn't too bad. It took me an hour to get up and just under that to return, and it was pretty easy with a nice view at the top. Lots of people with kids and dogs.
I'm the best hiker in the world! :D I did it.
Don't forget to find the treasure tree!
Not too easy but nothing crazy strenuous. One of my favorite sunset hikes as you spend most of the way up in the shade and have an amazing view of the valley at the end
The pay off was nice but the trail was nothing to write home about.
We arrived at 6:30 am on Saturday, sept 24th. It was still dark and it was threatening to rain.
The trail was quiet, and venturing into the darkness was exciting.
Trail markers guide the way for the first leg of the journey, and when they stop, following the switchbacks (instead of the small off-shoots) is important.
The trail is steep enough to get your heart pumping. Despite the sky trying to rain, taking my jacket off happened quick.
As we ventured higher, the sun started to rise. We were still in the clouds, but the light was enough to turn off our lanterns.
As we gained elevation and entered the mist, the rain started.
The wind at the top was strong, but the views were amazing. We were high enough to see everything, but the clouds were still blocking most of the landscape.
The sharp rock formations at the top are great for picture taking and climbing around on.
Returning to the car seemed much faster, but the rain started pouring harder as well. My flannel and my pants were soaked through.
This was exactly what I wanted my Saturday to be like.
Not too crowded in the late afternoon/early evening on a weekday, and seems like a nice one for trail running (saw as many trail runners as hikers). I usually hike with poles but didn't take them and never felt like I needed them. Nice canyon view with the valley below.
A nice gentle trail with lots of switchbacks and a small scramble to get to the overlook. Beautiful view of the city from the top, although the view is narrowed a bit by the mountains.
Beautiful fall colors and a great view. First time using this app and it was fun.
This is great trail for running. Crowded yesterday-I assume it will be less so during the week. Gorgeous views at the top!
This is a nice enough trail, and one thing that may be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your point of view is that it is actually the remnant of a vehicle track. The only result of this still evident is that the grade is unusually gentle as it winds back and forth along the mountain. I think the Thayne Canyon trail, which follows the canyon bottom, is quite a bit prettier, but obviously steeper. But obviously it doesn't go to the overlook.
The Salt Lake overlook is easy to miss if you're not looking, but made it in about an hour from the parking area, and the view was really great on a clear day. I continued on to where the trail meets up with Thayne Canyon which was quite a steep decent with more of a loose ground, so it was easy to slip. Hiking poles helped there. During this stretch of the hike though, no poles were needed! The grade wasn't very difficult either.