Desolation Lake (from Big Cottonwood)

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

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

Mountain Biking Difficult

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

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.

Difficulty

Difficult

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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