Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook

East Millcreek, Utah

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Long, winding, and shaded, the Desolation Trail makes its way up to an overlook complete with rocks for sitting back to enjoy the view of the Salt Lake Valley or to take in the sunset and have a picnic on an evening foray. The trail sits just minutes from Salt Lake City, and though it seems to wind on indefinitely, the shallow climb (due to long switchbacks) makes it easy for children to tackle the trail. Mostly shady, the trail cuts through a forested mountainside as it winds up and out the top of Thayne’s Canyon. Make it a romantic evening hike or a midday trail run; this hike is great for both.

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"Long, winding, and shaded, the Desolation Trail makes its way up to an overlook complete with rocks for sitting back to enjoy the view of the Salt Lake Valley or to take in the sunset and have a picnic on an evening foray. The trail sits just minutes from Salt Lake City, and though it seems to wind on indefinitely, the shallow climb (due to long switchbacks) makes it easy for children to tackle the trail. Mostly shady, the trail cuts through a forested mountainside as it winds up and out the top of Thayne’s Canyon. Make it a romantic evening hike or a midday trail run; this hike is great for both."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: East Millcreek
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire
Driving Directions: Directions to Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook

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May 2018