Some hikes just aren't long enough.
That was the case when I hiked to Dog Lake in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City. The hike had nice elevation gain and a little bit of snow to trudge through, but at 4.8 miles round trip, it just wasn't going to wear me out. Approaching a junction where the trail divided, one leading back toward the trailhead at Mill D, and the other toward Desolation Lake, I opted to hike up to the lake, extending my hike by 3.8 miles.
The scenery was beautiful, not only at the lakes, but also along the trail, especially the last 1.8 miles to Desolation Lake. Altogether, I ended up seeing two lakes, gaining roughly 2,800 feet in elevation, and hiking 8.6 miles. Not a bad day. Here are the details:
I parked at the Mill D North Fork trailhead located about 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road on the north (left) side of the road. This is popular area, so expect to have to hunt for a spot if you don't arrive early. On the south side of the road is the trailhead for Doughnut Falls, a hike I have yet to check off my list.....Continue Reading