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Buckhorn Peak (UT)
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Buckhorn Peak (UT)

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.85360°N / 112.0807°W

Object Title: Buckhorn Peak (UT)

County: Juab/Utah

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7861 ft / 2396 m

 

Page By: Dean

Created/Edited: Mar 13, 2010 / May 8, 2011

Object ID: 604012

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The Nebo view
Buckhorn Peak summit view

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
Buckhorn Peak from the south

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
The summit rocks

Overview

Located close to Tintic Mountain, a worthy companion to visit on the same day, Buckhorn Peak is one of those peaks that will never see much visitation so if solitude is something you crave, this one just might be interesting to you.
With a prominence of 540 feet, it does qualify for the above 300' of prominence list but mainly its value is to get you out of the door and off of the couch. There are so many peaks/mountains in Utah that this one can easily be written off as a non entity but yet, if you like to explore a bit and get off the beaten path, this one is a fun one to consider. It is as easy as you'd like to make it since with a high clearance 4WD vehicle you could drive fairly close to its western shoulder or you can make it a more interesting hike by parking near an old corral and heading up from there. So, as mentioned above, I'd certainly consider combining a hike up Buckhorn with a hike up to the top of Tintic Mountain, it'd make a good combo.
 
Tintic Mountain
Tintic Mountain

Getting There

From I-15, take the exit 244 at Santaquin onto highway 6 and head west to Eureka and go through town to the intersection of highway 6 and 36 which is west of Eureka. Head south on 6 for over six miles (6.5) and watch for a dirt road (no sign) called Dennis Road on some maps and turn left (east). Go 1.4 miles up (Copperopolis Creek) hitting a Y intersection. Go left. (If there is snow, perhaps, it'd be best to try this another time) Follow for 2 miles crossing several creeks. At 2 miles is another split, this time go left and follow the road as it works its way northerly to an old corral and structure. The road continues on past but rapidly degrades and requires high clearance beyond the corral. The road, such as it is, continues on its way to a spot on the western shoulder of the mountain where you could probably park and hike from but a better way is to just simply park near the corral and hike up the road and then aim cross country for the summit.

Red Tape

I believe that this is all BLM land but used by ranchers to graze cattle and sheep so be aware of the possibility of encountering either sheep or cattle.
There were no gates to open or close and I'd avoid the area during rainy weather as the roads might become impassable.
 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
Mt. Nebo to the east

Camping

It is probable that you could find a few places to car camp but there are no campgrounds in the area.

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
 

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
 

 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
 

The summit

I found no benchmark(s) on this one but I did leave a register nestled amidst some rocks and a stick upright out of the cairn located on the highest spot. I
felt the summit was just a great viewpoint and for me it was an enjoyable little hike. Overall distance from near the corral where I parked was about
2 1/2 miles and probably about a thousand feet of elevation gain.

 
Summit of Buckhorn Peak
 
 
Buckhorn Peak (UT)
 
 
Looking southeast
 

Weather

Worthy of a smile

 
Buckhorn Peak  Splattski
 


Thanks to Eric Willhite for his trip report on Tintic Mountain that made me aware of Buckhorn Peak. See Eric's Tintic Mountain page for a map to the area. Also see the map located on this List of John page.

Disclaimer

As road conditions can change and hiking or traveling in this type of country can be inherently dangerous, the above information is provided only as a courtesy. You accept all risk and responsibility for your activities in this area and I recommend that you let others know of your plans and where you will be hiking/climbing prior to heading to this area. Be self sufficient and carry plenty of food, water and shelter in the event of a breakdown. Good quality tires are a necessity on the rough and rocky roads you will encounter as is a vehicle in good condition. Having said all that, have a good trip and please let the author of this page know of changes that you encounter.

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