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Started at 3:30 with full pack of 2L of water. In SLC for business and wanted a good after work hike. No easing into this hike, the uphill switchbacks started immediately, but not a problem. This part of the trail was shaded. Well worn trail but heavy, chest high vegetation made me wish I had on pants. Eventually opened up on a ridge line that was relatively flat for a while. Incredible 360 degree views from that vantage point. Bummed out that The East Canyon Resort had many Private Property signs along this portion. Eventually the trail came to a fork where there was a fire ring. Be sure to stay to the left, which keeps you on the trail. Going right takes you into the private property of the East Canyon Resort. This was my turning back point. Saw a couple other hikers on my way down.

hiking
17 hours ago

Incredibly beautiful and majestic.

Such a fun hike! My friend and I had a blast on this trail and the scenery was amazing! We did have some trouble finding the trailhead as the directions I received were slightly different on my phone than my friend's phone. We decided to park near a couple other cars parked off to the side of the road and after walking down the road a bit, we found a rock trail marker about 20 feet up from the trail. We found this trailhead to be about 200 meters from AJ Motion Sports and its partner shops. Once on the trail we were grateful to have plenty of shade to block out the blazing 2 p.m. sun. We only saw one family coming down the trail when we were heading up and besides that we were the only ones there. There were many trails that forked off from each other but I think they all lead you to the lake. I would only suggest to always take the trail that leads up!

Good workout w/ rewarding view @ the end.

Very steep. Great views the whole hike and amazing wildflowers.

Beautiful wildflowers, streams and forestry make the hike enjoyable and the lake is fun. There were a few ducks we fed and sweet little side trails throughout. I loved It!

Awesome hike with my kids. Beautiful aspen woods, meadows of wildflowers, and we even sighted a moose right off the trail. A few annoying flies and mosquitoes, but insect repellent worked well. Very peaceful and tranquil up at the lake.
A few slippery sections, so make sure shoes with decent grip (especially for kids) are worn.

The first part was a lot steeper than I expected, even with the tips on these reviews. My 3 year old needed assistance.
The bugs were out in full force and we all got eaten, even with bug spray. The lake was pretty and the wildflowers were amazing, but not sure if I’ll do this one again until the seasons change and it’s a big cooler.

Still one of my favorites. Didn't see any moose this morning sadly. Lots of wildflowers and the trail has grown a lot since I was there a couple weeks ago.

This is kid friendly and my 4 year old just needed a little help making it on the steeper parts. The wildflowers are insane right now—so gorgeous!!

Super fun trail! Even saw a friendly moose.

trail running
7 days ago

First little bit would be considered steep/hard, but one past that, you are on a flat path until you reach the lake.
We hiked up to the trees and hung our hammocks and had a nice camp fire going.
There are a lot of mosquitoes that will bite!
We saw 3 moose right before sunset and it was awesome, but one of them was about 8-9 feet away.
Very nice and easy hike after all. We loved it

Awesome hike!! Easy enough for the little ones ranging from 3 (with a little help) -10 years.
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

hiking
8 days ago

This easy to follow trail is good for the kids and a quick get away when time doesn’t allow for something longer. The flowers are in full bloom and the trees offer plenty of shade no matter what time of day you go. Be sure to carry plenty of bug spray as the flies are no respecter of sweaty flesh.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike today. Closer to 7.1 miles. Beautiful trail but definitely hard with lots of loose rocks. Suggest taking extra water especially if you have dogs. Took the hammocks up and rested at the top of the trail. Flies and other bugs pretty bad right now. Definitely a challenging hike both the ascent and descent. But so worth it at the top.

SNAKES! lots of them

Nice hike...initial portion of trail requires some vertical climbing but levels out near the lake. Trust the app/GPS on some of the parts that are not well marked.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike to do with large group of family. We had 12 people ages 4-57 hiking and everyone enjoyed it!

Excellent! Beautiful!!

I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the top...but it is beautiful! Especially in the winter. Gets incredibly slippery with ice during winter so I suggest not wearing nikes during the winter. Would go again and my dog loves the hike!

Steep! Worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail starts out very rocky with sections that nothing but loose rock. Fortunately this disappears after roughly a mile and half in. Be sure to keep right as you come to the first few trail junctions as these will put you on the loop or on some trail.

It doesn't take long for the grade to increase and is more or less sustained throughout the hike. There is plenty of shade and some opportunities for water as of June 1.

At the end is a trail junction marked by a large cairn. Left will take you to Desolation Trail and right will put you on the Wildcat Ridge trail. If you go right, it isn't long before you will reach a saddle overlooking Big Cottonwood Canyon - a spectacular view. If you plan to climb the peak to the left, do not follow the trail over the saddle, it will only make the endeavor much more difficult. Other peaks are nearby if you're interested in bagging a few.

Overall the hike is worth the effort if you decide to capture the view from the saddle or bag a few peaks. The trail is accurately rated as difficult.

Steep and sustained but awesome shadey hike! Upper trail dead ends at a fork with the mt Olympus trail. We didn’t go past this point. Bet there are some good views from up there.

Went on this hike yesterday and it was AWESOME !
Its steep and it gets steeper till the end but you get to see some amazing views. You also get to witness the beauty of the big cottonwood canyon on your left when you are close to the summit.
Was a challenge but worth it ! ⛰

Great hike, enjoyed the views all around.

Grasses and flowers higher than your knees. The first part and the last part are steep. Nice work out.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous hike. When going up, the right fork is steep and rocky but a shorter ascent, and the left fork is more gradual. We did not see any wildlife but it might have been the wrong time of day for them (late afternoon). We came down a different way than we went up to get the full experience, but we ended up going to the wrong trailhead and had to walk back up the canyon road to get to our car, so that sucked. Apparently we missed the last creek crossing, which you'd think would have been obviously, but oh well. Still a beautiful hike.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a new favorite! Has everything you’d want on a short easy hike: lush underbrush, tons of wildflowers (at their peak right now), aspens, shaded, ends at a beautiful lake. We took the left fork and followed one moose part way up the trail and then saw three more by the lake. They are young and frisky right now so we kept our distance.

The directions took me straight to the TH.
The trail begins at the upper corner of the gravel area by the satellite tower. The first little part is a pretty good climb up, but then it evens out. I saw tons of caterpillars on bushes all the way there. I also saw what looked like Baby bearded dragons in the big open field. When I went there were thousands of yellow daisies in bloom, it was beautiful!
I didn't run into another person the whole time, which is always a bonus to me. There's not much shade after that first initial climb which is wooded, so I would go early, late or on a cooler day. The only reason I'm rating it 4 stars is because it was mostly out in the open so it makes for a hot hike, but everything else was awesome!

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