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Frary Peak Trail - Antelope Island State Park

The Frary Peak trail offers great views of Antelope Island.

 

From the parking lot, the trail makes a steep climb up the grass-covered hillside and levels off as you approach Dooley Knob. When the trail splits for Dooley Knob, stay to the left, heading southwest, and enjoy the morning shade, about the only shade on Antelope Islandís highest peak. Bring plenty of water. The trail makes a switchback out of the shade and traverses the ridge, with views of Buffalo Point and the Promontory Mountains. As you approach the top, you will see a communications tower and a fantastic west-side view of the island. From the tower, Frary Peak looms above as the trail drops. This slippery downhill section is carved into the mountainside and has steep drop-offs. When you start climbing again, treacherous trail stairs lead you to the top to enjoy the awesome views from Frary Peak. Note: The trail is closed from early April through early June for the bighorn sheep lambing season. Call the park for exact dates.

Getting there: From Interstate 15, take Exit 332 for Syracuse. Go west on Antelope Drive, which leads to the causeway. On the island, take a left and watch for the sign to Frary Peak. Itís 5.8 miles to the trailhead and parking lot. The gate to the parking lot is closed and locked at 7 p.m.

 

-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Frary Peak

Distance: 6.8 miles

Time: 4 to 5 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,066 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

GPS Location: 40.9618863, -112.2160594

Difficulty: 5
 

 

First published 2007-11-22