Desolation Trail - Millcreek Portion

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Desolation Trail - Millcreek Portion is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.1 miles
3,218 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running



wild flowers

Well maintained trail climbs by switchback to a viewpoint overlooking Salt Lake City. This section continues up to the Porter Fork pass just below the Porter Fork Trail Junction. The entire trail then continues a total of 18 miles and crosses into Big Cottonwood Canyon along Raymond Ridge to Desolation Lake

2 months ago

gorgeous flowers!

2 months ago

There's an off-trail somewhere between 4-4.5 miles up that's pretty easy to miss due to some overgrowth, stay diligent with tracking your location. That trail actually takes you to the top. Otherwise, the hike is very mellow and only gains around 500ft/mile and is very well shaded. You'll meet plenty of doggos along the way so if you're one of those people who sneer whenever other people have the audacity to have dogs, maybe try a different trail.

2 months ago

Great hajke.

trail running
3 months ago

Had a beautiful hike and run on the Desolation Trail yesterday. At about 3 miles in and above 7,500 feet I started running into a lot of snow. I pushed through until just after the marked route diverges from the deso trail and heads towards the top of Neff's canyon (about 3.5 miles in, just over 8,000 feet), where I decided to turn back. It's a drainage up there, so there's quite a bit of snow. Not very doable to the top of Neff's yet unless you have waterproof shoes, maybe some spikes, and a big hiking stick. Give it a month and it'll be perfect. I'll be back!

6 months ago

Never ever do this hike in the winter

10 months ago

Not any signs to tell you where you are

Friday, July 28, 2017

Love this hike! I can take my dogs, the ground is soft, there are trees shading the entire way, and it's beautiful!

I however, got 10.7 miles recorded on my Garmin from the parking lot to the rock peak and back.

trail running
Sunday, July 16, 2017

More than a moderate hike/run. Views are stunning!

Friday, June 30, 2017

This is a great hike during the hot months of summer. It offers plenty of shade and beautiful greenery with a gorgeous lookout point.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Did this trail yesterday and loved it

Monday, May 08, 2017

One of the coolest trails I've been on.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

One of my favorites hike, most of the trail is pretty shaded, there are two places where you walk through spots of beautiful wild flowers.
The lake is really pretty and due to the length, there usually isn't tons of people up there.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If you want a hike, I guarantee this is something you wanna walk if you want to see what work your legs. It's steep and a good workout. I been walking this trail on my deer hunt, and it's one of the challenging hike I been on. Great workout.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great trail! I only went to the overlook point because the lake was 18 miles in and I wasn't prepped for that long of a hike. The trail is quite rocky and steep in some places, flat in others . It is very narrow and on the way down I ran most of it . Despite the fact that some people have absolutely no trail etiquette and refuse to move when they are coming up and I was going down ( which luckily didn't cause any collisions) , most people moved over politely and were friendly . I had a great time ! Will be going back, perhaps earlier and on a weekday . Happy Trails !!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful hike all the way up! I took my 6 year old, so we took a lot of breaks. But it was totally worth it!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Friday, July 08, 2016

Fun trail! Millcreek is always so cool and peaceful. Our five year old had fun, too!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nicely maintained trail, you do have to climb over some rocks a few times but it's not too bad. You are climbing upwards most of the time. This was my first hike in a long time and this was a bit hard since I'm not used to the high altitude yet. The others in my group live here and they were fine with the trail, not so out of breath like me. The view at the top is very beautiful. You can see Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake from a high view point. It was very green going up with lots of very large trees, and lots of different green ground covers. Lots of shade on this trail, with quite a few sections of strong sun. Bring lots of water!! I was in a group and some people ran out. Saw a large rattlesnake on the trail at the bottom, that was interesting!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Fun trail and a good hike for me and my 2 yr old. I did it with him in my hiking bag and he enjoyed it.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Friday, May 27, 2016

This trail is beautiful and green this time of year! We didn't see any streams but the trees, moss, bushes, and rocks were incredible! Especially with the light rain coming down half the hike! My dog loved running up and down this trail with me!!!!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Awesome on a rainy day very beautiful and quiet trail. also good for beginner hiking dogs because there's not very many places they can go to get lost.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Went last week. Mud and snow cover most of the first mile. Then it's all snow after that. We weren't able to make it to the lake without snow shoes as the snow was a few feet deep and we kept sinking. Made it past the trailhead heading to dog lake and was only able to make it another half mile or so before turning around and heading up to Dog Lake. Which was still iced over a bit

trail running
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Loved this trail. Did not make it all the way to the lake but it was beautiful the whole time I was running. Very quiet.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Backpacked with 50lb packs. Tough @ times. When the sun is out up at the top it is worth it. Great places to camp overnight in the trees towards the back side of the lake. The peaks surrounding the lake can be summited and you can see all the way back into the SL valley, but once up there you realize you are even closer to PC. You can see both cities and Solitude and Brighton resorts. Baller.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Beautiful. One of my favorite hikes. Easy enough slope to hike without stopping.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Awesome hike!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I've done this hike several times (4.5 miles of it, anyway), and haven't tired of it yet. It's not too steep or difficult...overall a great hike!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Desolation Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of my favorites. Thought I would check this one out. Pretty quiet and beautiful. Did not make it to the lake unfortunately I ran out of time. Will go back.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

I only made it 4 1/2 miles up the trail after joining it from the shorter Thaynes Canyon trail. I was looking for the Neffs Canyon trail and either missed it because of a snow drift or was just short of the junction. I returned down this trail after reaching the Desolation/Thaynes junction and hiked past the Salt Lake City lookout. Great hike with a lot of solitude until I reached the Salt Lake overlook and passed a steady stream of people the rest of the way down to the trailhead.

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