Inspiration Point Drive

Mantua, Utah 84324

Inspiration Point Drive

Inspiration Point Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is an outstanding day trip from the Salt Lake City area. As you climb more than 4,000 feet, the route, which the state of Utah has designated the Willard Scenic Backway, provides spectacular high-elevation scenery, from mountain basins to the spine of the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin. It ends at aptly named Inspiration Point, on 9,422-foot Willard Mountain, named for Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon leader Brigham Young.

The route is usually open from mid-July to early October. On a historical note, uncontrolled fires and abuse of the land denuded Willard Basin, which you’ll pass along the way, early in the 20th century. That led to destructive floods. Environmental restoration (you’ll see terracing on the slopes) in the 1930s stabilized the area and restored its beauty."

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"The entire Inspiration Point Trail is very scenic, and it has a truly spectacular viewpoint at the end. The trail starts in Mantua in front of the municipal buildings (including the library and city offices) on North Main Street. After a couple of miles, the trail leaves paved roads behind and continues along a substantial, two-lane dirt road that offers a number of backcountry campsites. Special Attractions: Spectacular 360-degree view from the parking spot on the absolute summit; Scenic 4WD trail that offers a reasonable challenge for less-experienced four-wheelers; Easy access from Salt Lake City; Good backcountry camping. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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The trail can ba a bit crowded, but it is certaily something you can do with your family. Take the boat trip accross the lake for quick access and something a little different.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
5 hours
Mid-July to early October
Ogden Ranger District
Local Contacts
DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Ogden and Logan Ranger Districts
Local Maps