2.3 miles
Distance
40 ft
Climb
-1,322 ft
Descent
00:34:41
Avg time
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Desolation Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Big Cottonwood Canyon
    Cottonwood Heights, Utah
  • Ref Number
    #019
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (5 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
    #1842 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1126 in Trail Running
    • #6832 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    uinta-wasatch-cache national forest

Primarily downhill trail used to drop off The Crest, but I do see people trying to ride up it almost every time I ride it. There are many water bars made from small logs, which makes climbing very hard, but descending a blast.

There is a rooty tech section right after you pass the lake. Most of this trail flows really well, and is very fast. One thing that makes this trail so great is the technical variety, and that the technical sections are spaced perfectly. This gives the rider time to recover and enjoy the flow between rocky and rooty sections.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Desolation bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,282 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,270 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,552 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,552 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,270 ft
  • Grade
    -10.349%
  • Grade max
    -31.823%
  • Grade min
    16.914%
  • Distance climb
    521 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    160 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:41
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:34
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Status:
on Sep 19, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (24 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Desolation Trail Reports

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      6 Months
      • 261 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • 1,602 rides
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      Aug 8, 2021 @ 6:44am
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      Aug 10, 2020 @ 7:24pm
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      May 31, 2020 @ 1:22pm
      May 31, 2020
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      Oct 4, 2019 @ 8:31am
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      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      Desolation-Crest Loop
      12 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      alekstkach (Jul 13, 2016 at 21:51)
       How is this a black? There are just as technical features on Mill D and it is a blue, rightly so.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Fast44 (Jul 20, 2017 at 15:00)
       Don't go downhill on a weekend as it is a busy hiker access. Crowds ruin flow.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      dyllanmurraymt (Jun 1, 2018 at 18:48)
       Super killer trail. Going up is not as bad as it is made out to seem. Coming down is even more fun
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jzmit5 (Aug 27, 2018 at 6:52)
       Rode this from dog lake to desolation lake as a noob, and loved it! Walked perhaps 1/6 of it. Gorgeous aspen meadows.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Tnbikerboy (Jun 22, 2020 at 12:34)
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      Videos

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