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


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.
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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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