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BritaNice Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013


I was worried about there being too much snow still on the mountain and we ran into some up South Willow but it wasn't too bad. We lost the trail for a bit and it was windy cold at the saddle, but everything got better after that. There were some nice views from the top. It was cool to be able to see farther west since I haven't climbed many mountains not in the Wasatch front.
We took the Pockets Fork route back down and I really enjoyed it. It was runnable and was gorgeous with tons of wild flowers and little waterfalls. This lower part would be fun to do even with little kids or people who like smaller hikes. It felt like an oasis in the desert.
Posted Jul 8, 2013 9:25 pm

runbyu1Go up Pockets Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012


We ran up South Willow and down Pockets fork. I echo what another climber said...If I could do it over again, I would definitely go the other way. The Pockets Fork route is FAR more beautiful and really would have been great to enjoy on the way up. It would also be a much better climb than a descent if you are running. We lost the trail for quite a while due to some snow on the way up the South Willow route and so did everyone else we ran in to.
That said, I was VERY impressed with this mountain...I had low expectations for some reason and they were far surpassed. This mountain has a lot of variety and it was fun climbing up and even more fun sliding down the snow! It was a beautiful day with great wildflowers, a lot of greenery and variety, and a great mountain!
Posted Jul 1, 2013 3:36 pm

MAeroToo early  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2013
Tried the Willow Creek route but it was way too early in the year. Hit snow at just below the second creek crossing in the canyon. Should have started earlier because postholing was a problem all the way to the summit. We tried traversing on the rock where possible, which helped.

The Pockets Fork route looked like it had less snow from the top but without knowing the condition of the headwall we decided to glissade down the way we came. Next time I would definitely wait for late June or early July.
Posted May 25, 2013 5:56 pm

jamesmc2Spring corn on Deseret  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2013


Spring ski of the Twin Coliours with summit of Deseret. Climbed the eastern col and skied to the top. Skied down the westernmost col which gets more sun. Great day about 6 hours car to car.
Posted May 14, 2013 11:14 pm

andrew davidTwice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2010

andrew david

I have done this loop a couple times. It is a dying gem, sadly. Pine beetles are tearing up the forest. Go soon if you want to catch it at its most beautiful. Views are great from up top and you can combine it with Stansbury Island nearby, or camp. Good area.
Posted Mar 21, 2013 12:06 am

harborRe: Twice


Most of the dead trees up there are from 2 different fires in the last 10 years as I understand it. At least on the ridge N of the trailhead and N of the saddle above Mill Fork.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 7:46 pm

strongbadreggieGreat Night Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2012


Beautiful night under a quarter moon. Windy and cold at the summit, no surprise.
Posted Oct 23, 2012 2:09 pm

Ryan BorzeaLike this one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2001

Ryan Borzea

Great hike! Hidden gem that many overlook.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 5:26 pm

joseyinnetGreat way to escape the heat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012


Did the loop around. The valleys on the descent were amazingly lush and green and the whole mountain was covered in wildflowers. Really fantastic hike.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 2:01 am

scgrantDeseret Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


As part of a backpack with my dad. Great hike.
Posted Jul 13, 2012 7:30 pm

harborUp Pocket Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2012


1st -Jun 30, 2012 - Up Pocket Fork and down Mill Fork. Very beautiful. In my opinion this is the way to do it. Mill fork seemed pretty bland compared to the Pocket's fork side. Great day. Great hike. So many great flowers to enjoy and photograph. (Also 9th Utah COHP).
2nd - Aug 2, 2013 up and down Mill Fork.
3rd - July 19, 2014 - up and down Mill Fork. Checked out several arete's up near the top for bristlecone pine with no luck.
4th - Aug 9, 2014 - up and down Mill Fork w/ some students from GHS.
5th - Aug 1, 2015 - Up Pocket down Mill. Wonderful hike as always.
6th - Aug, 29, 2015 - Up/Down Mill - full moon hike with 2:30 am start. Made it to the top for sunrise. Gorgeous morning but very windy on top. I took a new summit register and ammo box for it. The old canister was way to small for such a popular peak.
Posted Jun 30, 2012 9:23 pm

boisedocpleasant hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2012


made a quick hike up this after driving down from Boise. Haze of Salt Lake City ruined views of the Wasatch. I did the loop hike which was not as ideal for trail running as returning down the South Willow trail
Posted Jun 27, 2012 12:52 am

BKWNice Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2012


After an "austere bivouac" on my sister's floor in Eagle Mountain my brother and I punched this one out and were back in time for lunch. This was my first mountain outside the Pacific Northwest; I was charmed.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 9:24 pm

aprovanceGreat day for Deseret  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


I'd wanted to hike Deseret Peak for the last three years, and finally had my chance, and I wasn't disappointed. Great hike, great weather, amazing views!
Posted Jun 17, 2012 1:30 am

mtybumpoWonderful Area!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2012


What a great day! Deseret was surprisingly easy for an ultra-prominence peak. Also did North and South Willow Peaks. Once again, awesome place!
Posted Jun 2, 2012 11:18 pm

utahjimkfirst and only  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 1999


via S Willow Cn
Posted Nov 12, 2011 12:08 pm

PrinceOfNorwayYep...took longer to Drive to it than climb it...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


Ender's Shadow helped me to climb this guy. It's a very pretty mountain and I highly recommend making the trip up it. Surprising to see this in the desert. Thanks Deseret Peak!
Posted Oct 21, 2011 6:30 pm

WisemtnGreat Trail South Willow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011
Round trip in just under 3 hours for peak 51. Small hail storm at summit but still many people climbing.
Posted Sep 17, 2011 8:22 pm

Rocky AlpsLoop Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

Rocky Alps

Did the South Willow/Pockets Fork loop with David, with the best scenery encountered on the way down from the top.
Posted Sep 4, 2011 1:22 am

David MortensenDeseret  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

David Mortensen

We went up South Willow and then down Pockets Fork. It was greener than I expected. I went with Rocky Alps.
Posted Sep 3, 2011 9:36 pm

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