Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail

MODERATE 171 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.

7.8 miles
2024 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running

cross country skiing





wild flowers


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.

2 days ago

great trail. evenly shaded and sun. uphill, but elevation gain is spread out so its not too steep. gorgeous views along the trail. went early afternoon and trail on a Saturday wasn't busy.

3 days ago

4 days ago

This is a beautiful hike. It is consistently uphill but the grade isn't bad at all. Description says that this is a lightly trafficked hike, but it was booming with folks all day. Most people are heading to Dog Lake however so once you split off to go towards Desolation Lake the numbers thin out considerably.

Snow conditions are great. A very modest and easily avoided patch on the trail to the lake, however some of the loop around the lake is still pretty covered with snow. Not a problem.

4 days ago

One of my favorite trails! Moderate climb and lots of friendly faces along the way. A little muddy up near the lake and a bit of snow surrounding the lake. Saw lots of campers hiking down. Incredible views the entire way! Thank you, Mother Earth!!

5 days ago

Great hike today! Some snow around the lake but you won't be walking in any on the way up. For those who get chilly easily, might be a good idea to take a light sweater if you plan on hanging out at the lake long.

7 days ago

Beautiful chill hike. Still some snow around the lake.

9 days ago

Pretty mellow.

10 days ago

Went On Saturday with my Wife.
Great Hike. Muddy as you get closer to the Lake. Snow Pack on a little of the trail, but it's not real bad.

11 days ago

This hike seems to be a good choice if you want to start later in the day during the Summer when Lake Blanche Trail gets packed. Not a ton of traffic on the trail.

About 100 yds. of snow left on the trail but easy traversing. Might want to bring a light shell -- the wind was gusting pretty heavy at the lake.

11 days ago

Great trail, only gradual incline and quite easy. Snow is gone so no need to wait any longer to do this one. Took a detour to Dog Lake on the way back and it was actually harder than Desolation.

13 days ago

14 days ago

Went about a week ago, still a bit of snow and because of my shoes I couldn't make it to the lake. But it was still beautiful the whole way up, and I'll be going again when the snow is gone!

15 days ago

16 days ago

Love this trail. Good distance, not too hard, and very beautiful. Still snow about last tenth of a mile. Easy to navigate though.

17 days ago

17 days ago

I logged 9.0 miles total, still lots of snow in the last half mile before the lake. 140 min up (I take a lot of quick stretch breaks for my hips and calves on the incline) and 80 minutes back down. Never very steep, just a steady ascent. Beautiful sunrise views, I started 30 minutes before dawn.

20 days ago

23 days ago

Great trail. The last half mile is still in snow pack and the lake is just beginning to thaw. Plenty of deer and moose. Good mountain views.

24 days ago

24 days ago