Salt Lake City: Thayne Canyon

Climb up a steep canyon draped in a mix of fir and aspen forest to a craggy overlook of the Salt Lake Valley on this moderate 5.2-mile loop in the Mt. Olympus Wilderness.
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Climb up a steep canyon draped in a mix of fir and aspen forest to a craggy overlook of the Salt Lake Valley on this moderate 5.2-mile loop in the Mt. Olympus Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.2

Waypoints

TCL001

Location: 40.6974182, -111.7397995

Desolation trailhead; well-marked trail starts from W side of parking lot

TCL002

Location: 40.696682, -111.7404633

Veer L under shady fir stand onto Thayne Canyon Trail

TCL003

Location: 40.6930504, -111.738533

Trail leaves Boy Scout camp, climbs steeply into Mt. Olympus Wilderness

TCL004

Location: 40.6889992, -111.7379684

Canyon deepens; follow most pronounced drainage uphill

TCL005

Location: 40.6821327, -111.7321167

Canyon widens; views to the N

TCL006

Location: 40.6807518, -111.7320328

Stay R

TCL007

Location: 40.679718, -111.7286835

Route flattens in pseudo-saddle; veer R

TCL008

Location: 40.6793823, -111.7293854

Turn R onto Desolation Trail; small aspen grove ahead

TCL009

Location: 40.6796989, -111.731636

Trail traverses W

TCL010

Location: 40.6849823, -111.737114

Views into nearby Green Canyon

TCL011

Location: 40.6890678, -111.7429962

Scramble up crags for colorful views of Salt Lake Valley

TCL012

Location: 40.6895256, -111.739975

Look for elk and moose grazing across valley

TCL013

Location: 40.6965752, -111.7404861

Turn left @ T-junction to return to trailhead