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Desolation Lake (from Big Cottonwood)

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

A moderate climb for 8 miles through shady pine trees ending at a small lake

Mountain Biking Difficult

12 km
606 m
606 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.8 km
Desolation Lake (from Big Cottonwood) Map

This is a popular mountain biking route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's an unknown remoteness, it features unknown exposure and is typically done in an unknown time of year. From a low point of 2.2 km to the maximum altitude of 2.8 km, the route covers 12 km, 606 vertical metres of ascent and 606 vertical metres of descent.


This is an moderate/difficult 8 mile roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet. The uphill can be difficult in areas where steep pitches and roots abound. The downhill will more than make up for the uphill challenge.



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

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