How hard is the hike to desolation lake? What is the easiest hike to any lake?
I'd say the hike is moderate. It has sections that are a pretty good climb, and is between 7.5 and 8 miles round trip, but it is a well travelled trail. It is also a little higher in elevation, but it is beautiful.
In Big Cottonwood Canyon, the easiest lake hike is Silver Lake by Zbrighton, at the top of the canyon. It is only about 1/4 mile on s boardwalk to the lake, and there are often moose. The trail continues around the lake as well as joining the trail to Solitude Lake. Or from Brighton, you can also hike lakes Mary, Martha and Catherine
The hike is considered moderate and is 7.8 miles round trip. There are a few steep parts but most of the trail is a gentle uphill.
Silver lake is the easiest hike. It's at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Park at the Nordic Center and follow the wooden trail.
Agreed about the Moderate level. I just did it early this month (Aug). The initial 3/4 to a mile is a good hike. The vegetation is lush, single walking track for the majority. A couple small and short creek crossings on logs, etc. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery all the way up to the lake.
Moderate. There is a good climb in elevation at the beginning. But it is only about a 3/4 mile leg. It then levels off
Lake Desolation Trail is 7.8 miles, lightly trafficked out and back trail. It's 9.5 miles up Big Cottonwood. Trailhead sign marks the beginning on the north side of the road. The hardest part is the first 1.5 miles and even that is not that bad. Go early, be on the trail by 8am and you'll be in the shade of the mountain until you reach the shade cover. It's about took us 1 1/2 - 2 hrs up and down plus time o sit at the lake. Be sure to listen for bikers as it's a popular downhill in the morning.
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