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snow
2 days ago

Hiked this today with my 10 y/o on snowshoes. It was pristine and beautiful. We blazed half the trail in 15-18” of fresh powder. Once we dropped back in we didn’t hear the snowmobiles out at the main parking. Definitely do this again to see it in the summer. Loved.

We snowshoed about 1/2 (4.2 miles) of this trail. Starting at 1.7 miles in, no trail had been forged through the snow yet. The woods were beautiful. Most longer-distance views were of skiers. It was fun for a snowshoe workout but it wouldn’t be my first choice for hiking or great views.

Beautiful hike. Make sure to bring good hiking shoes for the slippery parts.

Great hike right out of Park City!! Nice even climb up to bottom of Bonanza lift.

A little harder than I thought but well worth the struggles. The mining buildings a well intact for their age and really sends you back in time.

I didn’t find the views really worth the effort on this one. It’s a short punishing hike for sure.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Correction about my last review:
We parked at the Community Church on Bear Hollow. Started on the Collins Trail heading up to Rob's Trail. After the moose we came down that trail but took a side trail into the neighborhood that connected us to Dubois Trail (not Dejong) .

hiking
2 months ago

We hit the jackpot yesterday!! Saw 3 moose on the trail! Had to turn around since they weren't going anywhere anytime soon. Back in the neighborhood we found another trail, the Dejong Trail, went on that one for about 1/2 mile and ran into 2 more large moose! Even though we didn't get to hike very far on either of these trails all of my hiking companions loved seeing moose. You don't always see moose on the trail so it was a treat. FYI: Stay at least 75 ft. away from moose and especially be careful when there is a calf with them, which there was in our case.

Nice trail. Very steep road in the beginning, but worth it to see the aspen trees and pines at the top. The main path was blocked off, so I ventured up to the left. Also very steep, but views were worth it. Lots of moose on trail, so be careful! Had to off road back down to avoid three moose laying on the trail I had previously walked up.

Such a stunning view. Well worth it, very steep. Add 2+ miles since the road is closed and you have to walk to the donut falls parking lot. Quite a bit of snow for the second half!

hiking
3 months ago

A bit of ice and mud at the bottom but it gets better at the top. We were probably a couple of weeks late for the aspens—they must be fabulous with gold leaves. Was still beautiful with all the white trunks and leaves in the trail. Nice view of the Canyons from the top.

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

The other reviews about the trail are spot on. It is steep and not that exciting. The views when you look back are spectacular. And the mine on the hill is awesome. Truly a testament to the engineering feats of man. We loved exploring it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail that’s fun with your dog (on a leash)... beautiful trees and views, and nice and wide. Careful of mountain bikers, and avoid busy times as it can get crowded.

Great trail, headed out towards Blood Lake and the views were breathtaking. The only wildlife we saw was a moose which was AWESOME. We were 25 yards away from her on the hiking path.

Great hike. Bring enough water. Great view at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. We had to go up the “gulley” since a marvelous full grown bull moose decided to block the trail. There was no way to convince the big guy to move.

nice easy hike, mostly in shade. Overlook at around 3m. Good amount of off leash dogs on odd days, definitely a good hike for the dogs.

The hike was great. It was busier than I expected based on other reviewers not seeing anyone. I wish people would follow leash rules for their dogs, though. We met 2 people who had 3 large dogs all off leash. Not only does this make me uncomfortable, but it also can damage the environment. The dogs were going in and out of the creek where there were beaver dams built up, not to mention the fragile moss and small flowers at creekside.

We were looking for a short hike that was challenging, and we definitely got it with this one. The hike is pretty much a climb. No scrambling, you’re just constantly going up. The view at the top is amazing, and you can even see Twin Peaks from there. Fitbit tracked 7 miles round trip, so the mileage on the app is misleading. Took us 4 1/2 hours total, including the 30 minutes we spent at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

very fun to do at sunset !

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is steep most of the way. The overgrowth is mostly after the turnoff by the cairns. Overall a very good trail up towards the top with a great 360 view. Mostly shaded.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a easy but beautiful 2.2 mile up & back trail The sound of the stream is always heard and for 90% of the hike you can see it. The most difficult is the beginning section that had a 30 degree down slope and the same up slope at the end. This section is only about 30 yards and can be slippery. The trail is narrow but well maintained gained with a few clearings to rest and take in the great views all around. The trail is 95%-98% in the shade this time of year. Getting to the parking area is well described in the app. Will do it again with additional guests.

Pretty hike (really a CLIMB!) with shade and lush foliage to the top. It’s a beast though, all the way up and down. Loose rocks and dirt, we slid a couple times so be careful. Very pretty at summit!
Apple Watch clocked nearly 7 miles round trip and 4,500 foot elevation gain!! So, much longer than the app says. Took us 4 hours because you have to be very careful going down.
When you cross bridge over creek, walk west behind the trail sign then left on service road till you see cairn on right, maybe 200 yards, then go up!

The first half of the hike was a steady uphill climb but worth it when you got to the abandoned mines. The mines are very cool and offered a vivid look into Park City’s early history. If not for the mines, there are more interesting hikes in the area. A walking stick is recommended because the trail is steep going both up and down with many loose rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

A gorgeous trail and a steep last leg up to the peak. We ended up going back down Desolation and doing the Salt Lake Overlook too. Thaynes has a lot of shade, much more than Desolation and is less hiked so more enjoyable.

My all time favorite! Perfect little hike.

Love this trail. Runs by a river/stream for most of the trail. The trail is pretty much shaded the whole way. Anyone in the family can enjoy.

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