Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail

MODERATE 260 reviews

Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Salt Lake City: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 9.5 miles up the canyon to the Mill D North Fork Trailhead about 0.2 mile before Spruces Campground. Trailhead sign marks the beginning on the north side of the road.

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22 days ago

A very nicely maintained easy use trail. Most of the surface is dirt with occasional small rocky areas. The top of the trail features a lake, which you cannot go into at all as it is part of a watershed. Please watch out for speeding trail bikers.

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22 days ago

We enjoyed our hike today on this well maintained trail. A dirt trail most of the way, with rocky areas. I felt this trail is on the easier side of moderate. Please watch out for speeding trail bikers. Suitable for trail running. This is a nice lake at the end of the trail, however you cannot go in at all as this is a watershed area.

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24 days ago

Well traveled, beauiful hike with steady climb. Can't wait to go again when the aspen are changing. Took me four hours round trip which includes a half hour lunch at the lake.

25 days ago

Great hike to Desolation then up to the summit looking down on Park City. Then down the trail and back up the new trail to Dog Lake. 10 miles round trip. 2400 elevation gained. Beautiful views

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1 month ago

Another one of my favorite Wasatch trails. Largely runnable trail up through pines and aspens with a few steep climbs. Incredible wildflowers. You can stop at Desolation Lake, or continue up onto the Wasatch Crest trail and take ridge trail all the way to Brighton at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon (so long as you've got a way to get back down to your car at Mill D). You have to listen and watch for descending bikers coming fast around corners. I love the upper meadows as you get near Desolation Lake.

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1 month ago

This is a great hike!! The hardest part is the first 1.5 miles and even that is not that bad. Go early, be on the trail by 8am and you'll be in the shade of the mountain until reach the beautiful Aspen canopy that covers most of the trail. It took us 2 hrs up and 1.5 down. Be sure to listen for bikers as it's a popular downhill in the morning. The wildflowers are amazing right now too!!