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Pfeiffer1Once a year  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009


Living in Tooele, I look at Deseret every day. I usually climb this peak at least once a year. The views never disappoint
Posted Feb 28, 2010 12:59 pm

Vagabond ManifestoBasin and Range  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2009

Vagabond Manifesto

This is one of my favorite mountains. Ascended via South Willow Creek, descended Pocketts Fork route. Didn't see anyone else all day. South Willow Creek Road closed before the trailhead due to washouts.
Posted Feb 10, 2010 3:45 am

PharmacistLate Start  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009


We camped out across the valley in settlement canyon, Tooele, and slept in too. Didn't start til after 1pm. Very beautiful mountain! We made it to the summit at 6:30, took some pictures, etc and left the summit at 7. We were at the truck at 10pm, after hiking the last few miles in the dark. Saw lots of deer right before it got dark, and in that forested area was REALLY dark. good thing we had a mini maglite.
Posted Oct 4, 2009 3:53 pm

shphilbyNot a good day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008


I think everyone and their dogs were climbing this peak. And to top things off my hiking partner decided to do a hand stand on the peak and wanted me to take a pic of it. As I bent down to get a good shot my gps came off me belt and went tumbling down the cliff. We tried to find it but it was lost forever.
Posted Sep 5, 2009 6:47 pm

KirtDavisRe: Not a good day


Havent done many handstands since...
Posted Sep 7, 2009 2:28 pm

nshmTry the West First  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009
The road is still closed, but the hike is sill worth it. One of the park rangers suggested we try the west loop first as the east route provides more shade later in the day, it worked out great! Would rate it somewhere between moderate and difficult.
Posted Aug 14, 2009 11:44 pm

photo61guyNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009
Was with Punchline. Nice day on the peak.
Posted Aug 5, 2009 1:37 pm

punchlineFavorite in Utah so far  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


Beautiful hike - in the short time we have lived in Utah, this is easily my favorite - nice meadows, forests and then up to the saddle and to the peak. Amazing views. Only thing that was a little messed up was the additional 3.4 miles added to the hike as the road was blocked off at the Boy Scout Campground due to flash flooding damage. Oh well, no big deal ...
Posted Jul 27, 2009 10:52 pm

zcochranInstant Favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


I was very impressed with this hike. The scenery is as good as any hike in Utah, and it's only made better to hike in alpine greenery while seeing salt flats and Great Basin desert in the distant.

We did the loop route (up from the east, down to the west), and with the road closed, my GPS clocked us at 17 miles round trip. Normally I believe it's 8 or 9 miles, but the extra walking was well worth it. Only a few groups on the trail, even on the 4th of July weekend.

I have to say the rock up there is beautiful too. After Provo Peak, with its shale scree, this nice quartz was very pleasant.

I'd recommend that you pause before doing Timp again and enjoy this beautiful peak. It's a treasure.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 12:31 pm

KadeeFresh Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006


The peak had just got a few inches of fresh snow a couple days before. The day we hiked was clear skies and sunny, but chilly. Very nice hike, only saw a couple other people on the trail.
Posted Dec 12, 2008 12:38 pm

byatesGreat year round Peak  Sucess!


Excellent full moon hike.
Posted Dec 5, 2008 11:40 am

KirtDavisDid the Loop as described
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008


The second group up for the day, when we left there were a dozen or more people, and four dogs. Too crowded for my taste, but well wortht he effort of getting there.

One of the easiest county highpoint, IMO.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 8:04 pm

JDrakeBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2008


Willow Creek up and back. Great mountain with a mild climb, which was good because it was 100 degrees today. So pretty with all the water this year. Had a great time! Summit views were hazy but good--almost thought I could make out Nebo?? Maybe not.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 9:56 pm

GarfimiThe Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2002


One of my favorite peaks outside of the Wasatch. Have been up there different times of the year. Climbed in the fall and was blown away by all the fall colors. Winter/Early Spring was great. Early Summer is very green. Great year a around peak to do.
Posted Dec 31, 2007 12:21 am

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


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  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2016


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 bist zu wieder zu Hause aber trotzdem IVD. #14 10-14-15. With Anne & Brent for Anne's birthday 2+27 up. #15 10-18-16 With Anne to celebrate her birthday - again. Cold day, 3" to 4" of snow on the trail above Antelope Canyon saddle, all worth it for the Dunford donuts back at the TH car. 2+19 up, 1+40 down. #16 10-21-16 W/ Lana. DP first, then So. Willow Peak. A tad windy but all in all pleasant. "normal route" up, down from Pickets Fork.
Posted Oct 30, 2007 9:10 pm

seanpeckhamVery nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007


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


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.

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


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

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