Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Valley Overlook


Memorial Day was the perfect day to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. At first I wanted to climb Mt. Timpanogos but I was worried about snow so I chose to hike the Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Valley Overlook. The trail is up Milcreek Canyon about 3.4 miles from the mouth. I parked next to the Inn. There is a fee of 3 dollars per car when you leave the canyon.

Salt Lake Desolation Trail

The trail is almost uphill the whole way. Make sure you stay to the right near the beginning and don’t take Thayne’s Canyon trail. The trail was beautiful. You will be able to see lots of wild flowers depending on the time of the year. The trail is almost 100% in the sun so make sure you have sunscreen and plenty of water.

Salt Lake Desolation Trail

As you take breaks make sure to look at the amazing scenery around you and make sure you pay attention to where the trail spilts to Thayne’s Canyon. I did this trail once before and missed the turn and ended up hiking an hour before we gave up and headed home for the night. The trail looks like it continues to the left but really you almost need to make a 180 degree turn upwards.

Salt Lake Valley Overlook Desolation Trail

After the turn you continue upwards for another mile or so and soon you will arrive at the overlook. There are lots of places to sit on rocks up there. It is a great spot to watch the sunset; just make sure you have a light for the way home.

Desolation Trail Salt Lake Valley Overlook Michael Sproul Salt Lake Valley Overlook

Quick Stats:

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 2.5 Hours (I did it in 2 but I also hike fairly fast)

R/T Miles: 4.48 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1310


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