Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook

MODERATE 479 reviews

Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook is a 4.4 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1243 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
21 days ago

The trail is fairly narrow majority of the way and is heavily trafficked by families, dogs, etc so be aware that a lot of the hikers are not familiar with narrow trail etiquette and may annoy you. Its the price you pay for hiking a popular trail that anybody can do.

No need to bring supplies or ropes or anything. Water and some snacks and definitely a camera for when you reach the top but other than that its a moderate 2-3 hour excursion depending on how fast you move and how many people are on the trail. Don't expect cell service in the parking lot or along the trail until you get to the top, but don't worry, you're going hiking, not surfing Facebook, right?

hiking
1 month ago

Just want to point out to those who might not realize, dogs are allowed OFF LEASH on trails in Millcreek Canyon on ODD numbered days.
This is a great after work hike, not too strenuous - and great to bring along the pooch!

1 month ago

Amazing walk hard but not too difficult perfect amount!!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, a lot of fun, some nice rocks

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Decent hike but the insane amount of dogs not on leashes made the hike less than great. Several times almost got knocked down by dogs running up and down the trail in front of their owners. PSA to dog owners: The sign at the trailhead clearly says dogs need to be on a leash, and use some self awareness by keeping your dog out of others’ way.

hiking
2 months ago

great colors. dry trail conditions. snow flurries higher up.

2 months ago

Nice steady grind to the top; never too steap, with a few rocky spots! The trail is well marked and well traveled! I took my two dogs with me and they loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Desolation Trail to SL Overlook was a perfect little escape from the city. It was a bit more 'moderately' trafficked at the time we went (3:00pm) with runners, hikers, and plenty of VERY happy dogs. If you would like to check out my full post, along with some photos, follow the link below:

https://www.kelseykagan.com/home/2017/9/29/desolation-trail

2 months ago

Awesome views!!

2 months ago

Super pretty!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty with the snowfall on Sunday. Great for trail running back down. Views were limited by the white-out snow at the top but really lovely overall.

2 months ago

Pretty. Fair amount of switch backing. Moderate is correct category

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with my pups! Enjoyed the fall colors and awesome views.

3 months ago

Fun morning hike! Go early, it gets hot once you're hiking above the pine trees

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was a bit challenging for me towards uphill. View at the top is spectacular. Make sure to pack sufficient amount of water. My iPhone recorded as 5 mile as overall hike, not sure why my All Trails recording still shows 4.4 mile. Overall hike was challenging and very good.

3 months ago

Did this hike yesterday and we all thought it was challenging but a great workout. My Apple Watch says it was 2.56 miles trailhead to overlook and it took the four of us 56 minutes to the overlook with a few water stops along the way. Our pace was 21 minute miles and our hearts were pumping. I think it's a bit longer than the 2.2 miles listed.
Beautiful views of SLC at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

A few challenging sections but the view from the overlook is definitely worth the effort!

hiking
4 months ago

Did a sunset hike here, less than 2 hours total with a long beer break at the top. The efflorescence is gorgeous and it isnt too difficult, but enough to get the heart racing. Perfect for a 7 pm hike!!

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