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Desolation Trail (to Salt Lake Overlook)

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Basics
Location:
In Millcreek Canyon just east of Salt Lake City
Length:
3.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 hours
Elevation Change:
1250 feet
Season:
June to October
Location:
In Millcreek Canyon just east of Salt Lake City
Length:
3.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 hours
Elevation Change:
1250
Season:
June to October
Useful Map(s):
USGS Sugarhouse Topo (1:24,000); USGS Salt Lake City Topo (1:100,000)
Additional Details:
Easy switchbacks bring you to the Salt Lake Overlook at the crest of a ridge and its good views up and down the canyon. From the overlook, the trail climbs to a junction with Thayne Canyon Trail and continues to near Thayne''s Peak. Thayne''s Peak can be scrambled to and offers a good panorama. The trail continues past Thayne''s Peak another 2.3 miles to Porter Fork Trail. The trailhead is at the South Box Elder Picnic Area, 3.2 miles up canyon.
Basic Directions
From Downtown Salt Lake City, head south on either I-15, State Street or 700 East. After a few miles, get onto I-80 heading east and take it 4 or 5 miles to the I-215 Belt Route. Head south on the I-215 Belt Route for about 2 miles and exit at 3900 South. Take a left at the top of the exit ramp and cross over I-215 heading east. At Wasatch Boulevard, the first light, take a left and head north 1 block to the light at 3800 South. Take a right on 3800 South and head east. It will progress through a residential area before taking you up into the canyon. After about 1 mile, is an entrance station. (The attendant there will supply you with a simple map and answer any questions you might have.) The trailhead is 3.4 miles past the entrance station on the south side of the road.

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