Deseret Peak

Stansbury Mountains, Tooele

Take I-80 toward Tooele, get off on exit 99 to Grantsville, go until you get to the Grantsville exit ( Highway 138 ) take a right. Go toward the end of Grantsville ( 11 miles ) turn south at the sign "Wasatch National Forest"
Take a right down South Willow Canyon, from here it turns into a bumpy dirt road. This road is riddled with pocketed limestone rock climbing. Drive to the end of Loop Canyon.

After hiking for about 3/4 mile you will come to a stream crossing, go LEFT, soon after, you will reach another fork, with a sign, go LEFT again. The trail meanders far out of the way through Mill Fork. And it feels like you are going away from Deseret Peak but keep going, it seems like the trail makers were looking for more of a scenic route, than a direct approach. Once you reach the saddle, you continue right up the trail to the summit.

Going down, I would suggest taking the loop north, everybody went down the first saddle (the one that has a sign that says "Trail" and points north toward the second saddle) They said it was good the whole way. Doug and I took the tough-guy scenic trek around the next mountain, and through Dry Lake Fork. It took us about 45 minutes longer than if we would have taken the first descent.

(I was following the route descriptions from two guidebooks)

Suggestion (But don't blame me):
You should be able to summit by gaining the first saddle on the north side of Deseret Peak. In this case you would want to take a RIGHT when you get to the sign (it tells you to go LEFT to get to Deseret Peak)
Go up Dry Lake Fork Don't follow it past the stream, as it goes backwards and around an unnecessary mountain, there should be a trail the whole way.

Sunday, August 19, 2001

From the summit of Deseret Peak - 11,031' looking north.

From Mill Fork Meadow looking south.
The trail over-switchbacks through here.

Mormon Cricket

Looking west at the two Sub Peaks north of Deseret Peak.

Looking north at the two Sub Peaks north of Deseret Peak.

Shane on the saddle east of Deseret Peak

Denyse, Ruojia, Nick and Shane on the summit of Deseret Peak

From the summit looking southwest.

Looking north toward the Salt Flats with evil storm clouds brewing above.

Waiting to be struck by lightning.

Large Raptor

Looking east at Bald Mountain.

Looking south towards Vickory Mountain and the Onaqui Mountains.

Looking south towards Vickory Mountain and the Onaqui Mountains.

Looking southwest at a dust storm in the Great Salt Lake Desert
near the Fish Springs Range.

Looking northeast toward the Grantsville Reservoir,
The Great Salt Lake, and the Northern Wasatch.

Looking west toward the Cedar Mountains

Majestic rays of light that prove whatever you believe is true.

Slow motion explosion

Jared in the Wind Shelter, Denyse looking west.

Stansbury Island to the north, connected by muddy salt bars in the Great Salt Lake.

Looking west to the Oquirrh Mountains, Low Peak and Flat Top Mountain.
South Mountain is in the middle by Rush Lake, at the base of Deseret Peak is Bald Mountain.

Looking northwest across Skull Valley toward the north end of the Cedar Mountains.
Behind that is the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats Race Track where all land-speed records are made.
It is used because it is the flattest, and longest section of land in America,
100 miles long and so flat that the Earth's curvature is visible. Ground is made of salt, up to 4 feet deep.

Hiking down around the north ridge looking west.

Looking southeast toward Deseret Peak

Big crew today
Shane, Nick, Jared, Denyse, Ruojia, Bob and Doug.
Decending the north route.

How many hikers can you see?

Looking west at the stratafied quarzite and limestone,
below are glacier remnants.

Looking west at the Cedar Mountains.

Deseret Peak 11,031
Looking south from along our lengthy decent trail.

Looking west over the Cedar Mountains and into Nevada.

Cedar Mountains

Looking northwest toward the Oquirrh mountains,
with Kennecott's Copper Smelter on its tip.

Special Thanks to Jared, Denyse, Nick, Ruojia, Shane, Bob and Doug
Special thanks to Micah Goodman for use of his camera.


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