Hike of the week: Desolation Trail Overlook in Millcreek Canyon

By Nate Carlisle

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: March 30, 2012 05:01PM
Updated: April 11, 2012 01:24PM
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Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Desolation Trail overlook hike in MillCreek Canyon starts in a parking lot on the south side of the road just past the Millcreek Inn.

Directions • From the fee station in Mill Creek Canyon, drive 2.5 miles to the trailhead. The trail and parking lot are just east of the Mill Creek Inn and on the south side of the road. The Desolation Trail is to the right of the restrooms.

This is a hike that’s good any time of year. In the winter and early spring, walk the trail with snowshoe or traction devices on your boots. In the summer, there is plenty of shade, and in the fall it features changing colors. From the trailhead, follow the signs up the trail. It is generally well-marked, but there are lots of switchbacks; pay attention so you don’t miss a turn. You’ll know you’re at the overlook when you reach the flat spot with a great view. If you hike on a good air day, you can see all the way to the Great Salt Lake.

— Nate Carlisle

Destination Overlook

Hiking time 2 hours 15 minutes

Round trip miles 5.3 miles

Elevation gain 1,310 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trail head restrooms Yes

Dogs allowed Odd-numbered days

Bikes allowed No