San Francisco Mountains
Great Basin NP
To get to Crystal Peak, take Highway 6-50 west from Delta Utah,
for about 40 miles until you get to Skull Rock Pass which is
just a few hundred feet of limestone layered like bricks, (They
should put a skull somewhere along this pass, to help identify
it, or maybe a sign.. No, I like the skull idea better)
this pass cuts through the House Range, which is home to Notch
Peak and the Sawtooth Mountains to the north.
Immediately after Skull Rock pass, you'll see a road, with a
stop sign facing south, that turns left (south) down the hill.
This is the Tule Valley Road. At night there are tons of jack
rabbits and cottontails running around out there, and I hear
there are a few herds of wild horses that date all the way back
to the Spanish Explorers.
Along the Tule Valley Road, if you look to the west, you'll
see the Barn Hills, which have many rock climbing and bouldering
areas, namely the Ibex Crag. There is also a dry lake
bed called the Tule Valley Hardpan. To the east is the southern
end of the House Mountain Range, there are many interesting
geological features along these cliffs, keep your eyes out.
Follow the road all the way south until it gets to the T. Then
turn right (west) down the Garrison-Black-Rock Road. You'll
see Crystal Peak, even though it's still at least 20 miles away.
Looking west down the Garrison-Black Rock Road toward Crystal Peak,
on the northern tip of the Wah Wah Mountains.
Looking west at Crystal Peak.
It is believed to be the reminants of a lava ring that occured around
33 million years ago.
Looking south at Crystal Peak from the Quartzite Cliffs
to the north face of Crystal Peak.
The Quartzite Cliffs from Crystal Peak.
Below the tall blocks, along the slope, are tons of Fossils
A view of Crystal Peak at sunrise, from near the campgrounds. Looking
Approaching Crystal Peak. Facing South. The trail goes to the left
From the east side of Crystal Peak, looking up the Tunnel Spring Tuff.
I'm still not 100% clear on how this forms.
I hear that the holes represent where pumice had washed away,
but how did it become so uniform?
Looking southeast from along the trail up Crystal Peak.
In the far distance to the left are the Tushar Mountains.
Looking west from near the top of Crystal Peak
toward Baker Peak 12,298 and Wheeler Peak 13,063
located in the Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
Looking west from near the top of Crystal Peak toward the South Snake
Range in Nevada.
Looking southeast over the Gray Hills toward
Frisco Peak 9,660 in the San Francisco Mountains
from the summit of Crystal Peak.
A similar view from the Quartzite Cliffs, Frisco Peak is in the far
distance in the middle,
With the Grey Hills Peak 6,163 on the far right.
Looking northeast from the Quartzite Cliffs
From the northern most sub-peak of Crystal Peak looking down the northern
The Garrison-Black Rock Road is clearly visible.
There are tons of camping areas on the right (east).
Looking south from near the top of Crystal Peak.
It's hard to see, but there is a little arch in this fin.
The common route is to follow the groove that starts in the bottom
middle and climbs right.
The spire that is casting the big shadow on the right,
is the same as the one in the previous picture.
Looking east up the many flanks that can be hiked to gain the summit.
Be careful though, this rock is kind of crumbly and is easy to slip
Unusual rock formations known as Tunnel Spring Tuff.
Sid and Marty Kroft would have a field day out here.
Fantasyland highrise. This is where the rich Gnomes live.
Looking up the southern face of Crystal Peak,
looks like scenery from a Dr. Seuss Book,
Or the skull of a million-eyed monster.
Interesting rock designs caused by exploding lava.
Looks like people balancing on top of each other in a circus side
Looking northeast toward Table Mountain 6,190.
Red Tops Mountain 5,660' is to the right.
The Cricket Mountains and Pavant Range sit in the distance.
Looking south down the Wah Wah Mountains.
They're called the Wah Wah Mountains because that's the cartoon sound
it makes when you get lost out there.
Cephalopod and Brachiopod Fossils.
From along Highway 50-6 looking southwest
toward the Tushar Mountains near Elk Meadows east of Beaver.
This is the 3rd tallest range in Utah.
Looking east toward a wildfire on the East Tintic Mountains from Highway
Curious structures at the base of Warm Springs Mountain near Goshen