MTB Project

Mill D to Desolation Lake

Consensus:    (details)
  4.0 from 4 votes
black  Difficult from 1 vote
Rank: #10 in the Park City area
#45 in UT, #956 Overall
Views: 1,107. Last 30 days: 45
Jun 29 Green - Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Park City,
“A challenging out and back climb up to Desolation Lake from Mill D.”
Ryan Delany on Jun 20, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
8.012.8 milesKilometers 1,965’599 m Ascent 9,236’2,815 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
100% Singletrack -1,964’-599 m Descent 7,304’2,226 m Low 29% Max Grade (16°)
No dogs in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Special note: Mountain Bikers are only allowed in Millcreek Canyon on even-numbered days.
This is a challenging out and back climb up to Desolation Lake from Mill D parking lot. This is a great ride when you can't or don't want to shuttle up to Guardsman Pass and ride Wasatch Crest. This ride will challenge your cardio and climbing abilities, but the return trip is worth every pedal stroke up!
Need To Know
This trail is very popular with hikers and bikers who shuttle to the top of Wasatch Crest so keep an eye out going up and down for others and be courteous. Uphill riders have the right-of-way, but downhill speeds are high so downhill riders may have a hard time stopping quickly. Be ready to get out of the way.
Start at Mill D, get your legs ready, and start climbing up the trail. When you get to the Dog Lake/Desolation Lake split in the trail, head right up to Desolation Lake. Once you get to the top, take a break or feel free to take a spin around the lake before heading back down.

Some additional options not mapped currently:

1. Continue up to Dog Lake instead of Desolation lake which is steeper but much shorter of a ride.
2. Continue up to Wasatch Crest from Desolation Lake and head over to Millcreek Canyon, down to Big Water Trail, back up to Dog Lake, then back down to Mill D.
View in 3D
5.0 (1)
One big fast and flowy lap for all divisions (sans Beginner)
near Park City, UT
5.0 (3)
Can you do it?
near Park City, UT
5.0 (1)
Combining a great start that "sorts" out the divisions with as much singletra...
near Alta, UT

No photos or videos.

Have one? Upload a photo or share a video!
Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List »
Your Check-Ins:
Add a New Check-In | View All »
Your Opinion:
Difficulty: -none- Change to: greengreenBlueblueblueBlackblackdoubleblack
Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track

PHOTOS of Mill D to Desolation Lake
No photos or videos.

Have one? Upload a photo or share a video!
Directory | FREE Stickers | FAQ | Mobile Site
© 2015 Adventure Projects, Inc | Terms | Privacy | Contact
Embed trails and maps on YOUR site!
Mountain Project
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Trail Run Project
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
MTB Project
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Powder Project
Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes
Hiking Project
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!