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lcarreauSouth Willow Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1980

lcarreau

First asscent made with the boy scouts. If you begin
early, you can also visit South Willow Lake. Its at
the bottom of the cirque beneath South Willow Peak.
Always lots of wildflowers during the summer. An
exciting way down is a snow gully or couloir on
(Deseret Peak's) east side. The snow usually doesn't
melt until late June. Beautiful scenery!
Posted Dec 8, 2007 10:07 pm

TRRRoute Climbed: The Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2007
Great easy climb up the South Willow Creek and some nice snow on the way down via Pocket Fork. Clear warm day with outstanding views.
Posted Nov 13, 2007 9:43 am

Moogie737Loop Campground TH Pockets Fork return  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010

Moogie737

First ascent w/ good friend Greg Clark. 3+15 to reach the summit, beautiful views. I like the variety of scenery during the first 2,000' feet of climb. Bagged Deseret the 2nd time 10-3-08 with Brent, this time taking the Pockets Fork trail up and the "normal" trail down. Color-laden aspens and leaden skies made for terrific scenery. I prefer the summit approach from the north. This was the 4th Utah county highpoint within the last 11 days, and Deseret was the lowest of all four! 3rd time on 10-25-08 w/ Brooke. Made the "loop" up Mill Fork and down the Pockets Fork side. 5+10 r/t. First winter ascent 1-20-09 in honor of my mother's 91st birthday. With Brent & Dave. The locked Forest Service gate 4 miles below the Loop CG adds 8 miles & 1500' vertical gain to the effort. Still, we made the entire trip in just under 9 hours, taking a modified Mill Fork route. Since the west side of the summit ridge had been scoured by wind & sun, a ribbon of rocky mud was visible along the southwest edge of portions of the summer trail. (4+12 up, 3+25 down) 6th ascent 10-22-09 For Anne's b-day (w/ Brent & Anne) Lots of snow above 8,500'. 2+35 up 1+48 down. Gorgeous day but windy on top. #7 10-9-10 W/ Brent, JP & Ladd Brady. Loop CG and Pockets Fork return - side trip to South Willow Peak. Beautiful rime ice and snow on the evergreens above 10,000'. #8 10-21-10 W/ Anne. 2+20 up, Pockets Fork route down. #9 10-20-11 w/ Brent. Some snow. 2+31 up. Full sun. #10 10-18-12 Another climb to celebrate Anne's b'day. W/ Anne & Brent 2+11 up, 1+42 down. Crystal clear skies but 32 degrees on top with 15-20 mph winds. Brrr. #11 10-24-13 Solo but in commemoration of Anne's birthday. Lots of snow; microspikes were a lifesaver. 2+21 up. #12 10-21-14 W/ Brent for Anne's b'day. 2+25 up, 1+51 down. Biting cold NW wind. IVD #13 10-25-14 w/ Brent & Dave in gale-force winds. Tacked on South & North Willow for good measure. Bald bis zu wieder zu Hause aber trotzdem IVD.
Posted Oct 30, 2007 9:10 pm

seanpeckhamVery nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

seanpeckham

Blue sky with some lenticular and small cumulus clouds forming in the afternoon high above the peaks, but hazy in the distance due to summer smog and several wildfires in the North Willow area (including one fairly large one). I could still make out Timp and Nebo, but they were faint. Hot down low, pleasant and breezy on top (but swarms of insects, mostly nonbiting, joined us for lunch at the summit). This is a very pretty and impressive mountain, even in the usually harsh noonday sun, and the route was straightforward (we did the loop up the south side and down the north side). I like the desert touch in the environment.

On a critical note: many of the locals seem not to have good wilderness ethics, as there were numerous eroded switchback shortcuts and names carved in trees.
Posted Jul 21, 2007 11:32 pm

vanman798Amazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013

vanman798

June 1,2013 - Hiked in then skinned up the twin couloirs, reached the peak, then skied the west of the twins, skinned back up and skied the east twin. Awesome spring conditions.

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July 22. 2006 : Nice easy to follow trail, and to not strenous of a climb. Enjoyed it.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 4:42 pm

StansburySouth Willow Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Stansbury

Beautiful day but the bugs stay with you from the parking lot to the top. Incredibly green through the canyon up to the saddle with wildflowers. Great breezes blowing on top kept the heat at bay.
Posted Jun 23, 2007 10:32 pm

mlbcardGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2004
Great hike on a clear weekday. Saw no one else the whole way. Great views of the Great Salt Lake and Nevada Salt Flats from the peak.
Posted May 12, 2007 10:16 pm

weeds19Loop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2002

weeds19

This was the first peak we climbed after moving to Ogden, UT. The peak was wonderful, but the campground at the TH was marred by the incessant sound of numerous generators running.
Posted Mar 21, 2007 12:55 am

renogurtGot to do the loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2006

renogurt

Lots of snow still. This peak was a lot more fun than I expected. The view is pleasantly different from the Wasatch.
Posted Jan 25, 2007 6:15 am

highonpeaksSouth Willow Creek Loop and the inebrirated children foundation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006

highonpeaks

This was an awsome day hike loop with great camping at the bottom of the trail area. I ended up at a crazy party the night I stayed there. As I was walking through the camp area that night I heard all this music thumping and crazy kids all over the place obviously inebriated. Which was approprate because they were part of the ICF (Inebriate the Childern Foundation). They were a fun great group of kids that welcomed me off the trail to come party with them. I figured why the hell not. I could use a beer!
Posted Nov 7, 2006 5:00 am

gruntAlmost, but not quite
Date Climbed: May 31, 1999

grunt

Great hike, but didn't summit due to deep snow (on Memorial Day!) It would be safe to say I got lazy.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 10:05 pm

apachedinoNice loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2006

apachedino

Still lots of snow when I went which made for some real fun head first glissading down. Pretty area in contrast to the proving grounds. Amazing views, from Ben Lammond to Nebo to Swasy to Ibapah. You can really tsee the geography of Utah from here
Posted Oct 7, 2006 5:08 pm

OutdoorpartnerNice loop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2004

Outdoorpartner

One of the few summits where you can take a different trail down and end up at the same place. Have done this 5 times.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:59 am

JFieldsvia Mill Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2003

JFields

Fun hike.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 1:01 am

surgentStill sore from Borah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2003

surgent

Three days after a hike up Borah in Idaho. My legs were in good shape... I almost jogged up the peak! Still some good snow banks even in August. Made it in good spirits. Saw an eagle!
Posted Sep 12, 2006 10:51 pm

John StyrnolSouth Willow Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

John Styrnol

A friend and I climbed Deseret Peak today and came down the north trail (loop hike). Awesome views of cliffs and other mountain ranges in the distance. Very nice day weather wise, cool with a nice little breeze.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 12:35 am

mtn_pikaAwesome views  Sucess!

mtn_pika

Climbed in September 2005 with Susan. Extremely windy at the saddle, but the wind died down at the summit. Beautiful sunny day with extraordinary views towards the Great Salt Lake and the west desert.
Posted Aug 4, 2006 10:18 pm

Dennis PoulinLoop CG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2006

Dennis Poulin

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. Lots of wildflowers.
Posted Jul 25, 2006 4:56 pm

mtn runrFun in the Sun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2006

mtn runr

Well, it was supposed to be. Actually, the summit and our route there was enveloped in cloud most of the day. We found the gate locked at the forest boundary, 4 miles short of the trailhead, so we got an extra 8 miles which made for a fairly long day. The clouds cleared after 2:00 PM and we got good views on our way back. Climbed with SPer, MOCKBA.
Posted Apr 12, 2006 3:07 am

TracyRoute climbed: South Willow Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 1988

Tracy

climbed with Scott Towsey. We were halfway up by sunup and enjoyed nice weather on the summit
Posted Apr 6, 2006 5:13 am

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