Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
cross country skiing
Directions from Salt Lake City: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 9.5 miles up the canyon to the Mill D North Fork Trailhead about 0.2 mile before Spruces Campground. Trailhead sign marks the beginning on the north side of the road.
I did this as a loop with Beartrap Fork that I found quite lovely. It adds a few hundred feet of elevation, but pays off in terms of view heading both directions from the Wasatch Crest. The loop does involve walking along the road for 1.8 miles. The section of Mill D heading toward Dog Lake is pretty crowded, but much less so once you turn toward Desolation.
Beautiful fall hike! The colors were amazing. The extra 1/2 mile to the ridge was a must. The view was incredible--best part of the hike!
Amazing. You will love it!! Go NOW!! The fall COLORS are spectacular!!
Loved this hike, definitely go up the extra half mile towards guardsman pass it's worth the view of PC.
Beautiful and great workout!.
Really nice hike if you have kids and you wanna make it all the way to the lake take lots of water and bars take lots of rest it's worth
Love the solitude and beauty of teh trail. Not crowded even on a busy fall sunday. Head up to the Crest adding another 1 mile nack/ forth - teh views are amazing. you will be happy you did.
Beautiful hike. The lake is a wonderful spot to enjoy lunch and a nap. The hike down was a breeze!
Amazing trail tons of scenic spots perfect for some pictures! The lake took a while to get to so would suggest packing food and lots of water! The lake is amazing! Super clear water and not many people around. Saw someone bring a hammock and set up by the lake. Gonna have to do that next time! All in all amazing trail!
One of my favorites. East to follow and a nice steady grade! Pack food, it does take while to get there and can be cool at the lake. Usually not very busy.
Great end destination!!! Hike is doable for most people.
Did this trail in early June. Snow still present for last 1/4 mile, but passable in regular hiking boots.
If you're just starting out, this is a good test of your capabilities. It's long enough & tough enough to be a challenge, but not too much of either. Views at the end are great
Loved this hike! The trail is so well groomed and well marked. I definitely would take the extra time to go up the ridge and look down into the Canyons ski resort and park city!! IT'S SPECTACULAR!
A great hike, long enough to constitute not being a quickie, but not an all day affair either. When you get to the lake make the extra effort and take the trail up to the top of the ridge where it will meet the Wasatch Crest trail, and an EASY 10 mins up the ridge you can look down into Park City ski area and the town of Park City... A nice bonus is to go down Beartrap Fork and then walk BCC road down to your car.
On the easy side of moderate. Trail has bikers that fly down it so be careful. Not one I will do again.