day hike - desolation lake and dog lake loop via wasatch crest trail - August 11, 2022
This hike is exploratory for the organizer. We'll get out of the city heat and hopefully enjoy some nice views and possibly some wildflowers and wildlife. Being an odd numbered day, we'll avoid mountain bikers and (theoretically) off-leash dogs. The All Trails description says the loop is 12 miles, but the map shows the trail being 9 miles. Actual mileage should be somewhere in between. We'll start at the top of Millcreek Canyon at the Old Red Pine Road trail. At around 2.5 miles, we should hit the Wasatch Crest Trail junction. We'll follow that trail for about 1.5 - 2.0 miles until we reach the Desolation Lake trail. We'll then follow the Deso trail down to Desolation Lake where we'll pick up the Big Water trail over to Dog Lake and back down to the trailhead. Bring your 10E's and don't forget bug spray as recent reviews report buggy sections.
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