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Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

Desolation Overlook is a popular trail located in Millcreek Canyon that can be hiked year round. I love taking the dogs up here for a great view of the canyon and valley in the distance. The trail is on the north slope, so it is very shaded, and in winter, can be very icy. Be sure to wear microspikes in Winter to keep from falling. The trail makes its way up the side of the mountain using long switchbacks. This trail is accessible year-round, with my favorite being Fall.


From SLC get on I-215, and take exit 4 for 3900 S Wasatch Blvd. Veer left, then take a left at the first light (Wasatch Blvd). At the next light, turn right on Millcreek Canyon Road. Drive 3.2 miles up the canyon, and just past the Millcreek Inn, park in the South Box Elder parking lot. Keep in mind that Millcreek Canyon charges a $3 fee per car on the way out. You can also get an annual pass for $40.

Here’s a driving map from SLC.

Distance: 4.5 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 1300 ft

Time: 3-4 hours

Dog friendly? Yes off leash on ODD days

Kid friendly? Yes

Fees/Permits? There is a $5 fee upon exit, or FREE if you buy the Annual Millcreek Pass ($50). Millcreek Canyon does NOT accept the National Park Pass, American Fork Pass, nor the Mirror Lake Highway pass. No permit is required to hike this trail.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

South Box Elder Parking lot.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Here is the TH sign. There is a restroom at the TH but it may be closed in winter.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 This is a popular TH for several trails. This trail is often called “Salt Lake Valley Overlook” as well.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Follow the long switch backs up, up, and up!

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Nice view of Grandeur Peak!

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Many people miss this trail split. The forest service has recently put up a new sign, pointing right for Desolation Overlook.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

You will need to climb up this rock, making a sharp turn to the right (north).

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Fall is the best time to be up here!

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 On the way up the switchbacks, you will have fantastic views of Millcreek Canyon, and the Pipeline Trail across the way.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

More switchbacks…

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

 Finally, we reach the overlook with the large rock outcropping. Grandeur Peak is the tall peak and is another fun hike, and an easy peak to summit.

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

Looking south from the overlook.

November 2015

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

February 2017

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

November 2017 – amazing sunset!

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

September 2018

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon

August 2019

Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Salt Lake Overlook trail

 

Trail map

Thayne’s Canyon Peak

thaynes canyon

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