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Mill D to Desolation Lake

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 4.5 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,236' 2,815 m

High

7,304' 2,226 m

Low

1,965' 599 m

Up

1,964' 599 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

No dogs in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Special note: Mountain Bikers are only allowed in Millcreek Canyon on even-numbered days.

Overview

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.

Description

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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Shared By:

Ryan Delany

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 15 votes

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  4.5 from 15 votes
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#781

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Photos

Somewhere on the crest.
Dec 15, 2014 near Alta, UT
Stunning singletrack winds through Aspen groves.
Jun 15, 2016 near Snyderv…, UT
Desolation Lake.
Jun 14, 2016 near Snyderv…, UT
Morning on the far side of Desolation Lake,  4 miles and 2,000 vertical feet the view is amazing!  Now it is time to fly down
Jun 30, 2016 near Snyderv…, UT
Looking west down the trail, refreshing morning ride
Jun 30, 2016 near Alta, UT

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Jul 3, 2020
Elson Mullahi
Jul 22, 2019
M O
8.2mi — 1h 32m
Jul 14, 2019
Tyson Clay
Best descent award!! 8mi
Jul 8, 2019
Garrett Carter
Sep 24, 2018
Mike Bohan
Rode down from Crest all DH 8mi
Aug 29, 2017
Ashley A
Aug 12, 2017
John Martin 1
Jun 30, 2016
Thom Keyes