Deseret Peak

Dugway, Utah

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The Stansbury Mountains in Utah’s West Desert may seem an unlikely place to go skiing and snowboarding, but classic ski and mountaineering routes exist on Deseret Peak, the highest point in the range. Three chutes, including the North Twin Couloirs and the East Couloir, allow 1300 feet of fun skiing between summit cliffs on snow that lasts well into summer. Access can be difficult as the road in South Willow Canyon closes in the winter, requiring snowmobiles or a 13-mile round-trip skin. Most parties wait for the road to open halfway to Boy Scout Campground, where bikes can be used to dispatch road miles, or for the full road opening to the Loop Campground, usually around Memorial Day weekend.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

The Stansbury Mountains in Utah’s West Desert may seem an unlikely place to go skiing and snowboarding, but classic ski and mountaineering routes exist on Deseret Peak, the highest point in the range. Three chutes, including the North Twin Couloirs and the East Couloir, allow 1300 feet of fun skiing between summit cliffs on snow that lasts well into summer. Access can be difficult as the road in South Willow Canyon closes in the winter, requiring snowmobiles or a 13-mile round-trip skin. Most parties wait for the road to open halfway to Boy Scout Campground, where bikes can be used to dispatch road miles, or for the full road opening to the Loop Campground, usually around Memorial Day weekend.

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Dugway
Distance: 6-13 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,613 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8-12 hours
Season: Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 7,418 feet
Top Elevation: 11,031 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Local Maps: USGS Deseret Peak West, Deseret Peak East; Alpentech Stansbury Touring
Driving Directions: Directions to Deseret Peak

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