Inspiration Point Drive

Mantua, Utah

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This is an outstanding day trip from the Salt Lake City area. As you climb more than 4,000 feet, the route, which the state of Utah has designated the Willard Scenic Backway, provides spectacular high-elevation scenery, from mountain basins to the spine of the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin. It ends at aptly named Inspiration Point, on 9,422-foot Willard Mountain, named for Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon leader Brigham Young. The route is usually open from mid-July to early October. On a historical note, uncontrolled fires and abuse of the land denuded Willard Basin, which you’ll pass along the way, early in the 20th century. That led to destructive floods. Environmental restoration (you’ll see terracing on the slopes) in the 1930s stabilized the area and restored its beauty.
Utah Byways

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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This is an outstanding day trip from the Salt Lake City area. As you climb more than 4,000 feet, the route, which the state of Utah has designated the Willard Scenic Backway, provides spectacular high-elevation scenery, from mountain basins to the spine of the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin. It ends at aptly named Inspiration Point, on 9,422-foot Willard Mountain, named for Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon leader Brigham Young.

The route is usually open from mid-July to early October. On a historical note, uncontrolled fires and abuse of the land denuded Willard Basin, which you’ll pass along the way, early in the 20th century. That led to destructive floods. Environmental restoration (you’ll see terracing on the slopes) in the 1930s stabilized the area and restored its beauty.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Mantua
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Mid-July to early October
Local Contacts: Ogden Ranger District
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Ogden and Logan Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Inspiration Point Drive

Recent Trail Reviews

9/4/2005
0

The trail can ba a bit crowded, but it is certaily something you can do with your family. Take the boat trip accross the lake for quick access and something a little different.



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