Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,282 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFee
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This is a 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 full Desolation Trail trail then continues a total of 18 miles and crosses into Big Cottonwood Canyon along Raymond Ridge to Desolation Lake.

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The Desolation trail head is just east of the Millcreek Inn on the south side 3.4 miles up Millcreek Canyon in the South Box Elder Picnic Area and Trailhead

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Brooke Holmes
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Snowy, muddy and a bit icy in some areas, but beautiful nonetheless. Didn’t stop us from having fun.

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Gabe & Crystal Sumner
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Carrie Ulrich
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icy, snowy, muddy

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Edward Kendall
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Jeff Dodd
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4-5 inches of new snow. Sugar snow, no spikes needed. Broke trail today and 1 person spotted on way out

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Mack Wing
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Pretty icy the whole way, do-able without spikes but with sacrifice! Not too crowded on a Thursday, beautiful sunset. More chilly up there!

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Jeff Dodd
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Super icy. Ankle, sacral or ischial tube buster. Spikes a must and too fast for sleds

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Chelsea Bastian
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spikes are handy. or poles could work. it's snow/ice on and off. we didn't get all the way to the top. first hike for the puppers

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Jeff Dodd
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Snow pack. Spikes useful. Little people around and warm sun with mountain air = good day

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Brenna Hayes
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Laura H.
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Trail is is good shape for the season. We have yaktrax and were still sliding a bit. Good evening hike- saw a few runners and hikers and good ok’ doggos

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Jalen Kekacs
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Great hike. A bit slick due to the amount of slush on the way down, poles would have been nice. Otherwise I would recommend spikes for sure right now!

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Sam Ostrowski
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HikingFeeGreat!IcySnow

Awesome hike. Definitely recommend spikes. Didn't have any and would've made a huge impact on the way down. Views at the top and on the way up were incredible. Snow was falling most of the hike. Clouds changed so rapidly. Do this hike! $5 fee Otw out.

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Barbara Valpreda
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Actually about 5.2 miles, not 4.2. Snow- packed switchbacks the whole way. Used running spikes and it was just right.

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Tessa Roach
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Used spikes and went early morning. Traction was great and beautiful views

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Carter Pedersen
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Beautiful, not too difficult of a trail.

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Jon O'Brien
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Usually love this trail, but did it today at about 4pm and the snow was VERY soft. Sunk down several feet a few times. It's not so soft that I'd recommend snowshoes, still very doable with spikes. Just go in the early morning when the sun hasn't had time to warm the snow.

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Mark Lowrance
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packed snow to the overlook, some ice so microspikes were nice

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