Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail

MODERATE 211 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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backpacking
5 days ago

Moderately strenuous for sure. Beautiful views throughout. We saw a ram and some smaller wildlife. It was fairly busy though. Lots of people on bikes blazing through, so you got to keep your eyes out. Once you get to the lake it isn't very busy.

hiking
9 days ago

10 days ago

Gorgeous trail! It was quite a bit steeper than I was planning on, but the scenery and wildflowers made it so worth the effort. We started the hike about 6:30, and made it back before noon. This was with plenty of water breaks, and lunch near the lake. Saw a few salamanders, and lots of chipmunks and squirrels. Pretty busy on a Saturday in July. Definitely go early to avoid the heat and bugs.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail that isn't too difficult if you've hiked a bit. The first part isn't very shaded and gets hot if you don't go early. I've done this hike twice and both times I was almost alone on the trail. Both were weekdays. Wildflowers were beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike, flys we're a bugging:)
On the way down about a mile or so took a smaller trail to right a slight climb, ended at dog lake. very nice, trail looks newly cut, a great connector between the two lakes.

hiking
15 days ago

Great Hike! wildflowers were exploding color. Did not have a problem with flies or bugs, but that may have been due to the early start. Encountered a few mountain bikers near the lake.

hiking
16 days ago

Good overall. I would suggest not going during the heat of the day, I don’t know how this trail typically is, but there were tons of flies/bees around. Got bit quite a few times. Took ~2:15 minutes up and 1:45 on the way back. Nice lake view at the end (was also buggy).

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome hike, but the parking is pretty crazy even at 9:00 AM. Little Water trail is shorter but steeper than Big Water, which is about a mile longer and more dispersed elevation gain. We took Little up and Big down. There were a ton of flies, but other than that it was a great trail and lake area for the pup.

hiking
17 days ago

The wildflowers and creek along this trail are so beautiful!! The lake is a beautiful emerald green. Long hike, but pretty easy mild climb with a smooth trail most of the way.

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17 days ago

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hiking
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