"Undervisited due to the far greater popularity of the Wasatch Range to the east, Deseret Peak is the highest summit in the Stansbury Mountains, a range in the mostly arid Great Basin of the state’s western portion. Yet while the surrounding scenery appears to be barren and dry, the trail to the top is surprisingly lush, with stands of aspen trees, an abundance of meadows, burbling streams, and best of all, a pleasant lack of other people." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"From the well- earned summit of Deseret Peak, the highest peak in the Stansbury range, you can smell the distinct aroma of the Great Salt Lake and see views of the west desert salt ﬂats, Tooele, and the Oquirrh Mountains.
This trail is a wild one, wandering through layers of geology, meadows, and valleys of glacier graveyards, along false summits littered with scree ﬁelds, and past windy canyons. It can be done as a loop or an out- and- back. The trail is an adventure well worth the commute." Read more
"Most of the western side of Utah is occupied by an interesting geographical area known as the Great Basin. The Great Basin is a vast, semiarid desert that extends from the Wasatch Front, across Nevada, to the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The desert is not unbroken, though. It contains a number of narrow, isolated mountain ranges, running mostly in a north-south direction and separated by long desert valleys. The mountain ranges of the Great Basin are of great interest to evolutionary biologists because of their isolation. Life has developed in slightly different ways in each of the secluded ranges, making them ideal natural laboratories for the study of evolution. In Utah the best known and most accessible of the Great Basin mountain ranges is the Stansbury Range, in which Deseret Peak is the highest point. The Stansbury Mountains are almost the only Great Basin range in Utah with a good system of hiking trails. The uniqueness of the mountains was recognized in 1984, when a 25,500-acre area, including Deseret Peak, was selected for the creation of the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area." Read more
"Deseret Peak, tallest peak in the Stansbury Mountains west of Salt Lake City, affords views over the Skull Valley to the west and Tooele County to the east that you can get from no other location. Besides a tallest-summit notch, the first section of the trail winds through a beautiful forested area to the saddle and then opens to a rocky, bare ascent to the summit.
Douglas fir, alpine fir, and aspen are common on the north-facing slopes, while juniper, sagebrush, and grass cover terrain at higher elevations—a mixed bag of desert and alpine trekking. A full-day adventure, the hike to Deseret Peak is not as crowded as trails in the Wasatch Range, making solitude another benefit." Read more
"The crowning glory of Tooele Valley and the highest peak in the Stansbury Mountains is a surprisingly friendly ski peak. Well-protected glades offer fine powder skiing below, while classic couloirs beckon ski mountaineers to the Stansbury divide." Read more
"Deseret Peak is the highest peak in Tooele (pronounced too-will-la) County, one county and several million years apart from neighboring Salt Lake County. Deseret is also the highest point in the Stansbury Range, which is part of the Great Basin Range. The Great Basin Range stretches from the Sierra Nevada to the Wasatch Front. As an endorheic basin, the Great Basin doesn’t drain into rivers, lakes, or oceans. Instead, these regions reabsorb water through seepage back into the basin or lose water through evaporation. Endorheic basins usually result in a salt lake or salt pan such as Mono Lake on the east side of the Sierra Nevada and the Great Salt Lake." Read more
"At 11,031 feet, Deseret Peak is the highest point in Tooele County and the centerpiece of the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area. It’s also a magnificent expanse of both semiarid and alpine scenery—glacial basins, mountain streams, woodland, and high meadows—rising from the middle of the desert. This loop hike captures some of that surprising variety and affords views across the Bonneville Salt Flats and into Nevada." Read more