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Incredible views at sunset and a wonderful view of the valley the whole way! Killer uphills, and even harder since this was one of my first hikes of the season. Be ready for a workout and some sore legs. Probably best to do before it gets too hot considering there is very minimal coverage.

hiking
6 hours ago

A rigorous and breathtaking hike! One of my absolute favorites since I love all bodies of water along my hikes. This one had it all: rivers, streams, lots of waterfalls, and of course the big lake. Budget more time for the top of the lake as there's plenty of trails up there and several parts of the lake, and waterfalls to explore. You can easily spend a couple hours at the peak to enjoy the spectacular scenery and relax/eat snacks. An absolute must do hike!

hiking
8 hours ago

Beautiful hike, especially the lake at the top, but really great views most of the way. It maintains a pretty steep incline the whole way, though there are a couple stretches where it is pretty flat which are a nice respite from the incline. I had the distance at 7.6 miles out from the car and back (we parked right on the road about 20 feet from the parking area).

We left at Noon and arrived back down at 3:30 with 30-45 minutes or so spent at the top. The descent was quick as it's steep and you can jog down with minimal effort.

It was a Weekday so there was almost no traffic - in the 3.5 hours we saw 7-8 people/groups.

There is no snow or ice on the trail, as of 5-24.

We brought 3.5 liters of water for my wife and myself - and finished it right as we got back to the car. We could have used 0.5-1 liter more as it was a pretty hot day 87 in SLC and until we got to the lake and were exposed to the breeze we were sweating quite a bit.

Short and somewhat steep walk up on a well marked trail. It wasn't very crowded which surprised me because it is a holiday weekend and the weather is excellent. The views are very nice at the top. It's close to the capitol building so we stopped by there and walked around after the hike.

Great late afternoon trail as it is mostly shaded. Be careful with dogs off leash rattle snakes have been seen a lot lately.

hiking
15 hours ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and had a blast! Bring extra water if your going to the top. I brought a Sawyer Squeeze and filled up at the creek on the way up and down. It’s all big boulders. and jagged rocks after the creek so get ready to climb!
The way down was more difficult than the way up in my opinion. My feet were killing me after the first 30 minutes of the steep decent..
Beautiful combination of desert and forest trail. The first half is great for trail running and hiking.

Busy, small trail. Beautiful view. Slippery coming down.

This has been the best training peak I’ve been on. If you want to challenge your cardio and push yourself. Very rewarding at the top but sad to say going downhill is even more difficult. Great for training, but choose the east side if you want a somewhat leisure but still difficult hikeZ

Great view.

Great hike.

We wanted to hike the East trail(moderate one) but ended up at this(Damn you google maps ) . It’s a steep hike and a never ending trail(at least that’s how I felt). I wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner. Carry lots of water.

Still some snow near the top on 5/26/2018, lots of flowers down below. I'd disagree with the moderate rating though. I thought it was pretty hard. It took me six hours and I was pooped when we got back to the car.

hiking
1 day ago

Fun hike. Snow is all gone! Not as hard as the ratings indicate. It has some great views. It got crowded pretty early though.

Rattlesnake alert! Hiked the trail yesterday. We were eating our lunch on the first pile of rocks you get to at the top when a rattlesnake cruised right over to us. We hopped up and out of it's way. It turned and went back into the rocks toward the right as you're looking at them. Saw the rattle but it did not alert us. Dog owners beware. I've previously only seen them at the bottom of trail. Great first hike of the season as always.

Nice hike, but it’s about 5.7 miles round trip, not 4. Good challenging hike for families. Kid and dog friendly. A little cumbersome at the overlook.

on Reynold's Peak

hiking
1 day ago

Almost missed the trail, but I pulled out my AllTrails app and got back on track to make it up to the peak. I was the only one on this trail and the only one on the peak. I started my hike at 6:30 am to avoid the crowds, and I had the mountain all to myself. There was a bit of snow on parts of the trail, but nothing that should stop anyone from trying this one out.

Good workout but not fun if the sun is beating down on you (I went at 5 pm in 85+ degrees). Only go in the morning.

Great workout, beautiful views. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bug spray!

I would not call this a hike it is a ten minute walk, it is a very nice and pretty place. perfect weather.

The hike was great, the parking lot was full but the trail wasn’t to busy once we got past the dog lake split off. The lake was beautiful the aqua blue, there was still snow in patches on the trail. The lake was partially frozen still. The weather was perfect with no clouds.

I made a loop hike out of this one. Went up Mill D North to Desolation Lake and then over the ridge to descend via Bear Trap Canyon.
The trail to the lake is fairly easy and the snow is almost gone. Lake is still frozen. Very beautiful. I was the only hiker at the lake.
The descend via Bear Trap is not for the faint of heart. lots of snow and the trail keeps disappearing. without the app I could not have found my way down the mountain. There's really not much to see that side of the ridge. I recommend that you turn around at the lake and go back the same way you came.
This will also save you hiking along Big Cottonwood Road for 1.5 miles to get back to your car.

Great hike. May is my favorite tjme of the year to hike this trail. Saw a rattlesnake cross the trail about 3 feet in front of me. Snake was 3/4 of the way from the trailhead to the stream.

great hike!

Trail was nice and dry on 3/22! Great views of the valley. Pretty steep in some places but really nice trail.

A bit tough, steep elevation gains but worth the views. Plus the water fall at the end is pretty cool

backpacking
2 days ago

Short, easy trail. I backpacked in and with a couple buddies on short notice and we were to the lake within 25 minutes while carrying our packs. Good for beginners or someone looking for a short jaunt.

One of my favorite hikes. The lake is completely thawed and the trial was nice and dry as of 5/25.

My first time today! It was awesome the last bit is a trek but so worth it, to see the lake!

great trail. the lower canyon is fantastic and currently filled with little pools. the stream is flowing pretty solid. been to the Outlook like 10 times this year and today was the first time I saw any rattle snakes. two were past the overlook. one was on the trail after the second 'bridge' after the steep part.

I see tons of rock climbing here.

also the trail doesn't end at the overlook. you can follow it up to the forest and the Ridgeline. my pup and I saw three deer bounding across the forest on our last trip.

I took the loop counterclockwise, descending down the northern leg. Spicy! Haha. My GPS clocked the hike at 5.2 miles RT, with 3,325 ft of elevation gain. 2.5 hours up with plenty of breaks for water and pictures, didn't hang out at the top because of all the flies, and 1.5 hours down. I carried 2 liters of water and drank all of it. A little jogging at the end kept the trip under 4 hours. :)

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