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Lovely easier trail, at least up to the steeper climb at the end. Those noting that the trailhead is too busy are just going in the wrong season. If you wait until the gate is closed (usually 11/1) and bike up, there is no one there at all :-) I pondered heading up the wasatch crest trail, but it looked like the snow got deeper, so I followed the ridge from Murdock over to Millvue, then bushwhacked down the slope back to the parking lot.

With the dog, just a long street to walk up to the trail, than trail is steep and not fun to come down, stopped half way on trail . Least favorite so far.

The trail was a bit muddy in places but still very hikable in late October. Note that the total distance is about 4 miles from the closed gate (out and back) with an elevation gain of about 1,500 ft. Also, this distance does not go to White Fir Pass. Judging from the map attached with this trail, it goes to the first outlook, which is about half the distance to White Fir Pass. This is also a beautiful winter hike if you wear snow cleats.

Perfect low elevation hike while the weather permits. No snow on the trail nor at the top, which is why it was perfect for this time of year.

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15 days ago

Hiked up Thaynes canyon and then turned onto Desolation. Thaynes Canyon is very shaded given that it is north facing plus the fact that you are going up the gut of the canyon so the steep mountain ridges and trees acts as a canopy. It is not the most entertaining hike because there are no views on the way up plus it is a pretty steep climb for 2 miles. Once you get above 8000 feet - the views improve as you look North at Grandeur and Mt. Aire. The finally push up the summit of Thaynes Peak is very, very steep. You gain 700 feet in about 1/4 mile but it is not technical (no scrambling required). The views at the peak are solid with views of SLC, Grandeur, Mt Aire, Gobblers and Mt Raymond. It was about 6 miles round trip.

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16 days ago

Good hardy hike. The views are great even from the saddle before the final push for the summit. Great sunset.

no snow, ice, or even mud as of 10/25. gorgeous sunset. need a headlamp this time of year if going after work.

Fun trail, dog friendly. Took lots of pictures and it took us about 2 hours.

I love this hike. FYI, Winter gate is already up for the season (they closed it before Nov. 1 this year). If you want to do this one from the starting point shown here, you'll need to road walk 4.5 miles to get to the trailhead after parking at the picnic area in front of the Winter gate, yikes. Or you could get to the lake via Big Cottonwood, but no dogs allowed on that side.

18 days ago

I love this hike. FYI, Winter gate is already up for the season (they closed it prior to Nov. 1 this year). If you want to do this one from the starting point shown here, you'll need to road walk 4.5 miles to get to the trailhead after parking at the picnic area in front of the Winter gate, yikes. Or you could get to it from Big Cottonwood instead, but no dogs allowed on that side.

18 days ago

Winter gate is already up for the season. If you want to do this one from the starting point shown, you'll need to road walk 1.5 miles to get to the trailhead after parking at the picnic area in front of the Winter gate. Or you could connect to it via another trail that begins prior to the gate.

hiking
20 days ago

Just a note — @Beth Persons commented in April 2017 of having hiked this and continued on to Grandeur Peak. Please note that isn't an official trail and crosses private property. The Forest Service has erroneously showed it as a trail on some recent maps, but have told me they are correcting it on future printings.

This is a fee area- costs $3 per vehicle for an okay hike.

This trail was moderate, the only thing that made it difficult was the snow/ice. You end up sliding all over on the steep climbs because it’s so iced over. Pretty views all the way up and covered in shade. I would love to do this hike in the summer months so it’s not so cold. We did the loop up Thayne’s and down Desolation. Once we started our descent, we came across a fairly large black bear just off the trail-so watch out. Really cool to see him from a distance though. Would recommend to friends

Snow and slippery conditions after about 1.2 miles up. Microspikes recommended. Mucky mud too, but it was only really bad in a couple of spots. Winter is coming! Still a great hike, lovely view of the pines topped with snow much of the way up. Walking slower since I didn't have spikes, it took me 2 hours up and 1 hour down with a short break at the overlook. Also, it actually just under 5 miles round trip, not 4.1 miles from the description.

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing Hike!

This time I learned my lesson and wore pants (and long John's) . . .

The Canyon was closed about half way, so it added another 3 miles making it 9 total round trip.

Took the dogs with me and glad I did as they helped plow the snow path ahead.

Had to rope them off about a 1/2 mile from the summit because there was a little bit of scrambling / exposure.

Beautiful views of Lamb's Canyon, Millcreek, the Salt Lake Valley and out East to the High Uintahs.

Wish I'd brought gloves and spikes cause it was damn cold after the saddle and slippery on the way down. Beautiful hike though, will do again.

Super fun
Great work out with family

hiking
30 days ago

Great mid-range hike. Passing through Church Falls is beautiful, and the views of Millcreek Canyon from the top are amazing. Legs got a little tired towards the top, though.

Consistent climbing up, amazing views along the trail!!

It was an ok trail.
Not much to see.
we'll find a better hiking spot next time.
$3.00 to hike it.
The dogs enjoyed.

Nice trail. Very muddy right now with melted snow. A lot of downed branches across the path at the moment.

We hiked in the afternoon. There was quite a bit of the trail in the sun; not as shaded as I would have preferred.

Love this trail because it's a quick hike to the lake and back when pressed for time. If I push a decent pace, getting to the lake can be done in 35 minutes. Two small springs on the way up for the dog to get a drink. Just keep your eyes and ears open for moose!

Great hike! Not for those wanting an easy walk. The scenery changes as the summer progresses. I have Verizon as my cell carrier and get service right before hitting the saddle of the basin. Love that because I can share pictures at that moment. I wear microspikes and take hiking sticks every time.

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1 month ago

I did this hike on the morning of one of the first dustings of the year. The snow level was about 7500 feet. As many have stated, it is fairly steep but I didn’t find it that strenuous and it wasn’t technical. You accumulate almost 2000 feet of elevation gain in less than 2 miles. I reached the top in about a hour. There was limited visibility when I reached the summit and there wasn’t any cairns marking the summit so i wasn’t sure I reached the summit but the AllTrails app marked my spot at the summit. As far as summits go, this one is very accessible and achievable in under 2 hours. Great hike to do with your dog because it doesn’t require any scrambling.

Great hike! Nice elevation so it’s just enough of a little workout. Amazing view at the end!

1 hr up. 30 down push hard for a great leg day. great fall views

Great hike, the lake is a little disappointing but the views throughout make up for it. Take the west trail up for a more gradual climb

I've hiked the east face trail of Grandeur several times and I love it. For me, it's the perfect combination of length + elevation gain that gives me a great workout but I'm not exhausted when it's over.

The parking is not great, however. There's only room for about 8 cars at the trailhead, then you have to park out on the main road which adds about a half mile to your hike.

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