Deseret Peak

Grantsville, Utah

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A demanding day hike or overnighter to the highest point in the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak, located in the 25,500-acre Deseret Peak Wilderness, 42 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, offers outstanding views of northwest Utah—from the Wasatch Mountains on the east to the Nevada border on the west. While most Salt Lakers crowd into the nearby Wasatch Mountains on weekends, the Stansbury Mountains offer exceptional hiking in a less popular area but within easy driving distance of Salt Lake City. One of a number of isolated great Basin mountain ranges, the Stansbury Mountains are two ranges west of the Wasatch Mountains. You’ll need a little more than an hour by car from downtown Salt Lake to reach the trailhead for Deseret Peak.
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by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)

A demanding day hike or overnighter to the highest point in the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak, located in the 25,500-acre Deseret Peak Wilderness, 42 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, offers outstanding views of northwest Utah—from the Wasatch Mountains on the east to the Nevada border on the west.

While most Salt Lakers crowd into the nearby Wasatch Mountains on weekends, the Stansbury Mountains offer exceptional hiking in a less popular area but within easy driving distance of Salt Lake City. One of a number of isolated great Basin mountain ranges, the Stansbury Mountains are two ranges west of the Wasatch Mountains. You’ll need a little more than an hour by car from downtown Salt Lake to reach the trailhead for Deseret Peak.

©  Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Grantsville
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: One day to overnight
Season: Late June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,400 feet
Top Elevation: 11,031 feet
Local Contacts: Public Lands Information Center, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Deseret Peak Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Deseret Peak West, USGS Deseret Peak East, Northern Utah Multipurpose Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Deseret Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

6/20/2009
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I have hiked this trail previously (2002) and love the trail. I enjoyed this hike more than Mt. Timp (less crowded and better scenery). We attempted this year without success - the road is currently closed about 2 miles (and 1000 vertical feet) below the trail head at boy scout campground. We made it to just below the saddle before the weather set in, forcing us to turn back. Snow partially covers the trail after about 9000', but with the sun out it is probably melting fast, probably more doable in a couple of weeks. You would probably have to blaze your own trail up to the saddle and the summit through the snow, but I think experienced hikers with good shoes and trekking poles could make it now. We'll probably do it again in July or August.



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