In my opinion, Desolation Lake is the perfect starter trail (or get in shape trail) for hiking, mountain biking, or trail running. With it's gradual ease and well maintained conditions, this trail will keep you excited about being active outside.
H & I started at the Mill D North Fork trailhead located in Big Cottonwood Canyon and cruised along the trail surrounded by beautiful quaking aspen trees. At a mere 3.5 miles (7 miles round trip) you reach your destination at Desolation Lake. Right now there is plenty of snow left around the lake but it only affects about the last 1/4 mile or so - it's no sweat.
A semi frozen Desolation Lake
Until next time,