Desert Peak Wildeness, North Stansbury Mountains WSA, and Cedar Mountains WSA Trails

Timpie, Utah

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Most of the area west of Salt Lake City is blasted by summer heat, a blank canvas for winter winds, and largely waterless (except for the enormous, shallow saline pond of Great Salt Lake, three times saltier than the ocean). No streams reach the sea from this area. The Stansbury Mountains are a 30-mile-long oasis of rugged beauty in this salt desert, especially in the spring. The mountains are named after U.S. Army Capt. Howard Stansbury, who led a surveying party around Great Salt Lake in 1849. Deseret Peak, 11,031 feet high, dominates the skyline for hundreds of miles. From its crest, the Skull Valley Indian Reservation and the military’s Dugway Proving Grounds are visible. The Stansbury Mountains, and Deseret Peak in particular, create their own weather systems and are sometimes shrouded with clouds while the Bonneville Salt Flats to the northwest (famous as a site for setting land speed records) bake under a clear sky. North Stansbury Mountains Wilderness Study Area is about 5 miles north of the designated Deseret Peak Wilderness; Cedar Mountains WSA is about 14 miles to the west. This trail guide includes descriptions of Mill Fork Trail/Deseret Peak.Stansbury Crest Trail, and Ridgewalk South of Hastings Pass.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Most of the area west of Salt Lake City is blasted by summer heat, a blank canvas for winter winds, and largely waterless (except for the enormous, shallow saline pond of Great Salt Lake, three times saltier than the ocean). No streams reach the sea from this area. The Stansbury Mountains are a 30-mile-long oasis of rugged beauty in this salt desert, especially in the spring. The mountains are named after U.S. Army Capt. Howard Stansbury, who led a surveying party around Great Salt Lake in 1849.

Deseret Peak, 11,031 feet high, dominates the skyline for hundreds of miles. From its crest, the Skull Valley Indian Reservation and the military’s Dugway Proving Grounds are visible. The Stansbury Mountains, and Deseret Peak in particular, create their own weather systems and are sometimes shrouded with clouds while the Bonneville Salt Flats to the northwest (famous as a site for setting land speed records) bake under a clear sky. North Stansbury Mountains Wilderness Study Area is about 5 miles north of the designated Deseret Peak Wilderness; Cedar Mountains WSA is about 14 miles to the west. This trail guide includes descriptions of Mill Fork Trail/Deseret Peak.Stansbury Crest Trail, and Ridgewalk South of Hastings Pass.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Timpie
Distance: 13.4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,002 feet
Top Elevation: 11,031 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Deseret Peak East, Deseret Peak West, North Willow Canyon, Slat Moutnain, Timpie, Flax, Aragonite, Hastings Pass, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Desert Peak Wildeness, North Stansbury Mountains WSA, and Cedar Mountains WSA Trails

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