Deseret Peak Trail - Tooele County

Looking north from the peak, continue on the trail loop.


From the Loop Campground, the trail takes off into the pines and crosses a creek after 0.75 miles. Go left and look for the trail junction sign for Deseret Peak. The trail is easy at first, heading through a lush forest of aspens. The aspens give way to pines and the trail zigzags into a huge wildflower meadow in a rugged mountain ravine. In the meadow, the trail becomes steeper as you approach the saddle, where there are terrific views of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island. At this junction, go right and the trail heads up a barren ridge, then turns west and follows the backside of the Deseret Peak mountains, with views of Skull Valley, the Bonneville Salt Flats and mountains in Nevada. The trail snakes up on a steady climb and you pass two false peaks before reaching Deseret Peak. The hike to the peak is four miles and the views are stunning. When you're ready to leave, the trail zigzags down a rocky path heading northwest to a saddle with views of South Willow Canyon. From the saddle, you climb up for a short distance to the final saddle for Pockets Fork. There isn't a trail post at this saddle, and the trail zigzags down Pockets Fork to the trail junction. Go right. Below Deseret Peak, you cross two small creeks and the trail eventually returns to the first creek crossing and a parking lot. Not recommended for small children.

Getting there: On Main Street in Grantsville, turn south on 400 West. Drive six miles to the South Willow Canyon Road exit. It's about eight miles to the Loop Campground where the trailhead starts.


-- Steve Baker/ The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: West Desert

Destination: Peak

Distance: 8.7

Time: 6 to 7 hours

Elevation Gain: 3,560 feet

Dog Allowed: yes

Restrooms: in campground

Biking: no

GPS Location: 40.4582748, -112.6674631

Difficulty: 4


First published 2006-10-12