Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook

MODERATE 686 reviews

Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Please note rules regarding pets: Dogs must be on leash on even days and can be off leash on odd days. It is important to bring proper bags to clean up after pets.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail. First time doing this one and the view from the top is gorgeous. No need for snowshoes or spikes on this day. Trails are a little narrow with some steep drop offs on some parts. Views on the trail are gorgeous too.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail. It's well-worn in the snow and you should only need microspikes unless you're going up right after a storm. Wonderful views of the canyon and valley all in one hike.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

Super fun
Great work out with family

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful with the fall colors.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike especially at night with flashlights.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has a lot of shade, and although it gains a lot of altitude, the switchbacks are long and fairly gentle. There are some parts where you have to scramble up rocks, and it is a narrow trail. We started at 10am on a Tuesday morning, and it wasn’t very crowded. It took us until 1:15pm to make it to the first view of the Valley. We stopped there because we were in a bit of a time crunch. We didn’t make it back down until 3pm! The person who mentioned making it up in 40 minutes deserves a slow clap. My middle two have autism and hike slowly and need lots of breaks. They loved the trail but did feel like it was quite long. In general kids aren’t super pumped about hiking to an overlook, but if you’re trying to decided between this hike and Rattlesnake Gulch up Millcreek Canyon, I’d say Rattlesnake is better—shorter and better view, though it does feel steeper. P.S. The leaves are changing like crazy, but it’s in a dry, crispy sort of way. Still pretty though.

2 months ago

Good trail! You can either go for some time or a quick trail run!

3 months ago

Trail is one of my faves. good starter trail for those who haven't hiked much. Did it today 40 min up and 34 down.

3 months ago

An enjoyable hike with a beautiful but limited view. Great for dogs.

3 months ago

Nice hike for a group ranging from 8 to 70. Rain the previous night kept the dust down. Hazy due to smoke.

3 months ago

Love the hike. Fantastic view and kid friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

This is PERFECT for a quick hike or a run. The loop is about 2 miles, steeper to go up on the left side, and then coming back down the other side has nice smooth switch backs. I ran the loop twice and it’s nearly entirely in the shade. Not too trafficked either -It was actually very quiet and peaceful. There is a $3 fee for Millcreek canyon, but it’s worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

This was our 3rd hike since moving to Salt Lake City. I would highly recommend this trail if you are a moderate hiker. The topography was my favorite so far. The tall trees cover most of the hike and you constantly have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It isn’t too intense for anyone and the view of the city is amazing once your up there.
#topofthemountain

hiking
3 months ago

This was pretty good. Well maintained trail with only a few rocky sections. The view at the top was great, but difficult to enjoy due to bugs and lack of sitting places.

3 months ago

The actual mileage is 5.2, but its super relaxing; gets a little crowded so I would make sure to start by 0700. The scenic overlook is good, but not as good as Living Room (though the hike is better).

A lot of doggos. So many good boys.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing quick hike with a terrific view. Would like to explore this area more.

hiking
4 months ago

Great out and back with fantastic views of SLC. Really green, even in late summer. If you’re a birder, great high elevation coniferous forest is likely great in the morning. With only ~1000ft elevation gain, going up isn’t difficult and switchbacks aren’t bad. About 65% of the trail is shaded which is great. We hiked this mid-day in August, sunny spots were hot, but plenty of shade. Every group we ran into that afternoon was all women, get it ladies!! Not in any rush, this took us about 2.5hrs. Do be aware that there is a $3/car area use fee on the way out

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a Sunday morning around 9:30 and there were a handful of groups so I felt like I had the place largely to myself. Several stretches suitable for running back. Right now it was pretty smoky :(

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Plenty of shade, good views, it doesn’t cross any rivers or streams and that’s a good thing sometimes. I’ll be back to enjoy this short hike again sometime.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Went up to Thayne peak. Pretty steep the last 300m. But what a view. Worth the extra effort.

4 months ago

Busy trail, very shaded. I wouldn’t recommend it for young children. Awesome view at the top.

4 months ago

7/22 - Pretty busy (but went on Founders Day). Hot but was about 50% shaded. A decent view for the effort exerted.

4 months ago

great time with kids. A little longer than at haff thought but pretty scenery .

4 months ago

Great hike with a mostly shaded trail. Tons of switch backs with gradual elevation gain. My Strava shows this as 4.8 miles RT. Pretty views along the way and a great view of the valley at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Favorite hike on mid days. shady and fun. did see a rattlesnake about mid way.l

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of switchbacks!! But overall fun trail with the pup!

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