Deseret Peak (11,031 ft.)

July 8, 2006 at 4:20 pm 3 comments

Deseret Peak is the 2nd highest peak of the Stansbury Range at 11,031 ft in height. Deseret Peak can be climbed as part of a picturesque 8.4 mile loop with just over 3600 ft of vertical gain. In 1984 Deseret Peak, along with 25,500 acres, of the Stansbury Range, was selected for the creation of the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area.

We decided upon an alpine start to avoid the possibility of thunderstorms on the ridgeline. Thus we left Salt Lake City at just after 5 AM (Ouch!). However, my day became much brighter upon discovering that Paul had remembered to bring me coffee. After a leisurely commute, including the sighting of multitudes of deer and jackrabbits, we departed from the Loop Campground at ~6:30 AM. From the Loop Campground, we set off up the South Willow Canyon Trail. When the well marked trail splits, we took the left fork signed for Deseret Peak. After meandering through lush forest and open meadows you eventually gain the ridge line. At a saddle in the ridge you will encounter a sign with Deseret Peak being one of several destinations. The trail steepens for a bit and then you will gain a conglomeration of ridge lines terminating in Deseret Peak. For unknown reasons, it was at this point, that Paul decided to undertake a new hobby of high altitude jogging. His new hobby was going rather swimmingly until he pulled a hamstring after about 5 feet. Thus the last 200 yards to the peak took about 30 minutes. At the summit we both enjoyed a fine Buffalo Cheeseburger. From the peak of Deseret, you have an 360 degree unobstructed view of many of Utah’s finest landmarks and destinations. To the East, you can see the Great Salt Lake, oddly beautiful patterns of buried ordinance near Tooele, the Western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountain Range and the tips of several of the highest mountains of the Wasatch Range. To the West is visible the Deep Creek Mountains and lots and lots of desert.

Instead of retracing your steps we highly recommend that you complete the loop by continuing along the well marked trail tracing the northern ridge line of Deseret. After a series of stretches, complicated Tai Chi moves and manly whimpers Paul was able to gain his feet and slowly shuffle along the descent trail. As you hike along the ridge there will be several opportunities to sneak down scree fields. However, if you choose to continue along the ridgeline you will be rewarded with new unique views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After a continuous but mild descent, you will discover the eastern descent trail completing the Deseret Peak Loop. The eastern descent trail is impossible to miss, because if you continue along the ridge line you will be forced to start a sharp ascent to one of the northern peaks. The well marked descent trail switchbacks down a steep incline, ending in a lush valley. You work your way across the valley, crossing a stream until you hookup with the main trail back to the loop campground. If anyone finds a nice pair of Serengeti Sunglasses in this area, I would greatly appreciate their return. Amazingly, this summit was done with little or no bushwacking. John and Paul.

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Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. summitcheese  |  July 11, 2006 at 9:11 am

    I believe that I ran at least 10 feet before pulling a muscle. Get your facts straight. – Paul

  • 2. summitcheese  |  July 11, 2006 at 11:41 am

    I believe facts may be defined (made-up, … whatever) by the poster. John, was it really 5 feet? maybe 2? btw, nice post!  … Patrick

  • 3. John  |  July 17, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Upon reflection, I now have to admit that it was probably 5 running strides and thus perhaps a total of 7 feet.



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