Trail

Desolation Trail

Holladay, UT
Length: 4.40 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The Desolation Trail is a beautiful hike through Mill Creek Canyon that ends at a fantastic overlook of the Salt Lake Valley. It’s a steady climb, but not crazy steep. The trail also has beautiful views of Mill Creek Canyon. In the fall, changing foliage is abundant. I have even heard of folks hiking this trail to see the sunset at the overlook and then hiking back down with headlamps.

This trail is just long enough to be a little slow-going for toddlers. It’s best for babies being worn and for big kids, in my opinion.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,200 ft.
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

There is a picnic area at the trailhead.

In the spring, this trail may have lots of mosquitos.

There is a little fairy tree about 1 mile into the trail where hikers have decorated it. Totally not LNT, but it’s a fun find for kids.

Dogs must be on leash on even days and can be off leash on odd days. It is important to bring proper bags to clean up after your pets.

There is a small parking lot at the trailhead. You must pay a $3 fee upon exiting Mill Creek Canyon.

The trailhead for Thaynes Canyon shares the parking lot. Thaynes Canyon is a longer and steeper trail, so be aware of signs pointing you to the right trail.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $3.00

The trailhead is just past the Mill Creek Inn, on the right side. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead. You must pay a $3 fee upon exiting Mill Creek Canyon.

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout, and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.

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Getting There

From northbound I-15, take the exit for eastbound I-215/Belt Route. Take the exit for 3900 S/3300 S. Then turn left onto Wasatch Blvd. Turn right onto 3800 S/Mill Creek Canyon Rd. The trailhead will be on the right, just past the Millcreek Inn.

From southbound I-15, take the exit for eastbound I-80 toward Cheyenne. Then  exit onto southbound I-215 /Belt Route. Exit at 3900 S. Turn left onto 3900 S from the left lane. Turn left onto Wasatch Blvd. Turn right onto 3800 S/Mill Creek Canyon Rd. The trailhead will be on the right, just past the Millcreek Inn.

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Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.