Deseret Peak

Grantsville, Utah

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The trail heads due west through thick forests of pine and aspen, accented with columbine and penstemon. Topping the ridge, the forest thins out, offering a clear view up into a long cirque with sheer 1000-foot cliffs and a saddle at its farthest point, just southwest of, and below, Deseret Peak. The trail continues its constant rise, gaining 1800 feet in 1.75 miles as it approaches that saddle. In summer, wildflowers and grasses green up the moist meadows, a stark contrast to the arid valleys below. Although you’ve already topped 10,000 feet at the saddle, another 1000-foot climb awaits in the final 0.75 mile to the peak. Across its full length, the summit ridge affords views of the barren, white Salt Flats to the west. Nearing the top, sheer, jagged cliffs fall away to the east (right), where raptors nest in the rocky crags.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail heads due west through thick forests of pine and aspen, accented with columbine and penstemon. Topping the ridge, the forest thins out, offering a clear view up into a long cirque with sheer 1000-foot cliffs and a saddle at its farthest point, just southwest of, and below, Deseret Peak. The trail continues its constant rise, gaining 1800 feet in 1.75 miles as it approaches that saddle.

In summer, wildflowers and grasses green up the moist meadows, a stark contrast to the arid valleys below. Although you’ve already topped 10,000 feet at the saddle, another 1000-foot climb awaits in the final 0.75 mile to the peak. Across its full length, the summit ridge affords views of the barren, white Salt Flats to the west. Nearing the top, sheer, jagged cliffs fall away to the east (right), where raptors nest in the rocky crags.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grantsville
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 4,170 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: July to October
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Deseret Peak East, Deseret Peak West
Driving Directions: Directions to Deseret Peak

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