Mill D to Desolation Lake

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8.0 Miles 12.8 Kilometers


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Singletrack

1,965' 599 m

Ascent

-1,964' -599 m

Descent

9,236' 2,815 m

High

7,304' 2,226 m

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9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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A challenging out and back climb up to Desolation Lake from Mill D.

Ryan Delany

Overview

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.

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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.

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Jun 30, 2016
Thom Keyes
Jun 13, 2016
Allen Tanner
Great ride after the first 4 miles. 8mi
Sep 13, 2015
Andrew Tromey
Jun 28, 2015
Andrew Tromey
Jun 28, 2015
John Forz

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going up (the bottom) of Mill D is plain stupid and should be avoided…a much better loop in the area is to start at dog lake/big water trailhead in Mill Creek, ride up to dog lake, then to desolation, then take crest to big water back to the mill creek trailhead. Jun 18, 2014


Option #2 in the description is 12.9 miles and is an absolute blast. When you can't take the shuttle or just looking for a big loop, it's great ride. It's about 3,000 ft gain total, but 2,000 of that is spent in the first 3.8 miles getting to Desolation Lake. After that, on the Crest, it's pretty much all down hill except for a quick .8 mile stint back up to Dog Lake. Aug 18, 2016


I think that riding up Mill D is a great idea for somone looking for a steep and technical ride up to Desolation. I do it often and love the ride. My only advice is to keep an ear out for riders who are shuttling the Crest Trail. They often come down Mill D trail and arent used to seeing uphill traffic Sep 6, 2016


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