Sunday, August 13, 2006

Deseret Peak, Utah - Hiking

Instead of doing one of the usual Wasatch Mountain hikes, Jake and I headed west of Salt Lake City to try hiking the highest mountain in the Stansbury Range - Deseret Peak. The Stansbury Mountains are located between the Tooele Valley and Skull Valley. Deseret Peak reaches a height of 11,031 feet and has the fourth highest prominence in Utah. The views from the top were awesome - Tooele Valley and some of the Wasatch peaks to the east, the Great Salt Lake and islands to the north, and Skull Valley and the Salt Flats to the west. I have never been in the Stansbury Mountain range before, and I was completely surprised how green and forested it was. There were also tons of places to camp near Willow Creek - so I hope to get back there this summer to do some camping.

The sub-peaks of Deseret Mountain

Jake at the trailhead

Me - Deseret Peak to the left

Jake taking a break at the saddle before the ascent to the summit

Me at the summit of Deseret Peak