Crystal Peak

Black Rock, Utah

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Although you drive 36 miles to reach Crystal Peak, you’ll see it long before you arrive. Unlike the surrounding peaks, Crystal Peak is a white conelike peak that stands out like a sore thumb. From a distance the peak looks as though a lot of plant life is growing on its slopes. Closer inspection reveals that the dark spots are actually huecos, or pockets in the rock, making the hike up Crystal Peak both unusual and spectacular. Once on top of Crystal Peak, you can see out into Nevada and the high peaks of Great Basin National Park to the west. To the northeast you see the Wasatch Range, and due east the Tushar Mountains, the second highest range in Utah. The barren desert surroundings take on a unique beauty.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Although you drive 36 miles to reach Crystal Peak, you’ll see it long before you arrive. Unlike the surrounding peaks, Crystal Peak is a white conelike peak that stands out like a sore thumb. From a distance the peak looks as though a lot of plant life is growing on its slopes.

Closer inspection reveals that the dark spots are actually huecos, or pockets in the rock, making the hike up Crystal Peak both unusual and spectacular. Once on top of Crystal Peak, you can see out into Nevada and the high peaks of Great Basin National Park to the west. To the northeast you see the Wasatch Range, and due east the Tushar Mountains, the second highest range in Utah. The barren desert surroundings take on a unique beauty.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Black Rock
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall to spring
Local Contacts: BLM Fillmore Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Crystal Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Crystal Peak

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