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Stansbury Island Trail loop

 

There are great views of the Tooele and Salt Lake valleys, Stansbury Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. After nearly two miles, there is a great overlook of the valley. Wind around the next canyon west and north. There are more rolling green hills. Continue along the flat trail before reaching mile 3.5. Descend until you come to a four-way junction. From here you can return the way you came, continue west along the trail or follow the route north to summit several hills. Turn left and head south to make a loop.You will pass discarded shotguns shells and metal car parts that have been blasted by gun owners who take target practice on the island. At 4.7miles, cut off the trail and head southeast through the field at the base of hills. Continue for about a mile, picking up worn cattle trails along the way, until you reach the trailhead again. –Jason Bergreen

Getting there: From Interstate 80 in Tooele County, take Grantsville exit 84. Go left at the sign for Stansbury Island and cross the train tracks twice. Follow the unpaved road north for just over two miles and then hang a right on the dirt road. There are many ways to get to the trail from here. If you reach the yellow fence, about a half mile away, turn left and head over the canal. Make a right and heads lightly east for about a mile. Then make two lefts and a quick right and you should see the trail sign. Starting on the southeast side of the island, follow the trail north above a dry gully for just over half a mile. The grassy hills are littered with rocks. Birds and orange grasshoppers are almost everywhere. The trail curves left and goes through the gully before continuing north up the canyon. The trail then thins and gets a bit steeper. After a mile, the trail splits to the left and right. Follow it left. It soon becomes flat and meanders back south above the valley floor.

 

-- JASON BERGREEN | The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: Davis County

Destination: Loop

Distance: 5.8 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 625 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2009-05-17