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mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: July 13, 1997  Sucess!

mountaingazelle

This mountain gives a different perspective of the Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake. Planned on doing the loop around the mountain but ended up taking a short-cut down a steep couloir. Big mistake as I had to slide down 1,000 feet of talus and route find my way back to the trailhead. It's best to stay on the trail.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 6:43 pm

nebbenRoute Climbed: South WIllow Creek Date Climbed: June 23, 2003  Sucess!

nebben

It was raining in SLC, so I figured it would be snowing up on Deseret. It was just cloudy, but with very little precipitation to speak of. Every now and then, the clouds would lift off of the deck and I could see ridges and cliffs around me. I only saw three people on the trail going up, and a few more on the way down. It was chilly at the top, but no new snow was in sight. The Mormon Cricket invasion had spread as far as the top of the summit- the little bugs were so cold they could barely move. >=)
Posted Apr 9, 2005 5:01 pm

Scott WesemannDate Climbed: Many  Sucess!

Scott Wesemann

This is a fun hike and a good warm up for bigger and better peaks. Views are great and there are a lot of pretty wild flowers. Great views of the GSL and the desert.
Posted Mar 29, 2005 1:18 pm

Nate DRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: 1985, 86  Sucess!

Nate D

First time: A thunder storm swept up just as we obtained the saddle. We huddled together to wait it out, nervously joking about getting struck by lightning, when suddenly 3 ghostly figures appeared out of the clouds, stumbling down from the summit very slowly. Turns out, one of them had been struck by lightning 10 or so minutes prior! The poor fellow was apparently still in a state of shock, wearing the tattered remains of a yellow plastic poncho and one leg of his jeans blown apart in strips up to his thigh. One friend's head was bleeding from getting thrown into the rocks.



My brother subsequently ran all the way down the trail to the ranger station and obtained help, while we slowly hiked down with these guys. I think the strike victim was on the news a week or so later.



Second time: Wearily summited in the early evening, after climbing the Pfiefferhorn that same day. (My father's crazy idea.) Eerily enough, below the summit, we came across the spot where the fellow was struck by lightning the previous year, evidenced by the shreds of yellow poncho scattered about.
Posted Mar 2, 2005 3:12 pm

mfox79Route Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: July,3 2002  Sucess!

mfox79

Fun day hike, I lost the trail in one of the many snow drifts and took a little detour to the saddle. Awesome views of Mt. Nebo 50+ miles away. And more Mormon crickets then I have ever seen in my life. If you do this hike some time before mid July An Ice Axe is well worth the added weight.
Posted Dec 13, 2004 12:57 am

Ammon HatchRoute Climbed: South Willow creek Date Climbed: October 16, 2004
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2004

Ammon Hatch

Very Fun. The route is very straight forward, moderate, and unexposed. Once on the ridge it was windy all the way to the summit and back, minus a few spots of shelter along the way.
Posted Oct 17, 2004 12:08 am

jshatchRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: October 16, 2004  Sucess!

jshatch

Super hike with awesome views. Found out you can see many Wasatch range peaks (like Lone Peak and Timp) from there. Very enjoyable.
Posted Oct 16, 2004 8:27 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: September 7, 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2004

Bob Bolton

See Dean's comments below. Indeed a very enjoyable hike and summit. It was my fourth 5000-foot prominence peak in as many days, on my way to eight in eight days.
Posted Sep 15, 2004 10:02 pm

ecallahanRoute Climbed: South Willow Date Climbed: 11 September 2004  Sucess!

ecallahan

Myself, 3 dogs and a friend had a great climb. Nice to see many valleys from atop. Looked at the peaks in the Wasatch Range and were inspired. Beautiful day hiking the loop.
Posted Sep 14, 2004 2:23 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: So. Willow Creek Date Climbed: Sept 7, 2004  Sucess!

Dean

Bob Bolton and I had a perfect weather day for this one and saw only one other person on the trail. Clear views in all directions. This is a sweet hike, very enjoyable and now one of my favorites. We spent almost two hours on the summit, just soaking everything in.
Posted Sep 8, 2004 8:29 pm

Joseph BulloughRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek loop Date Climbed: August 24, 2002  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

A nice easy hike, but poor summit views on this day due to haze.

Wildlife spotted:

• Tarantulas: 1

• Mormon Crickets: ±5,000,000
Posted Jul 7, 2004 2:45 pm

KimberlyRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: October 1999  Sucess!

Kimberly

A great hike.
Posted Apr 5, 2004 4:50 pm

imontopRoute Climbed: South Willow creek Date Climbed: October 1,1998  Sucess!

imontop

I'd like to go back, it's been awhile. Wild country, lots o' animals, great scenery! Started to do the loop hike, but did some scree scrambling below the face, looking for a shortcut. Awesome hike though!
Posted Dec 19, 2003 10:02 pm

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: South Willow Creek Date Climbed: multiple  Sucess!

MrWasatch

Made a couple of ascents of this peak, but haven't yet done full loop. A nice option to the often crowded Wasatch. Great views, enjoyable hike.
Posted Sep 26, 2003 12:36 pm

Chris WalkerRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: last summer  Sucess!
I climbed it.
Posted Aug 27, 2003 2:52 pm

ScottRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Many times, including winter  Sucess!

Scott

Climbed many times. it's a nice winter ascent. Camped near summit in December 2000.
Posted Aug 21, 2003 12:44 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Standard route from loop campground Date Climbed: 10-01-2001  Sucess!

grandwazoo

A very nice desert hike
Posted Jul 29, 2003 6:33 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: South Willow Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!

PellucidWombat

Nice steep hike to the top. Great views!
Posted Jun 16, 2003 11:27 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: South Willow-Standard Date Climbed: October 2001  Sucess!

rmjwinters

I have climbed this mountain many times, most recently in 2001. I am constantly amazed of the views if offers of the Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch mountains and even Mt. Nebo to the southeast.
Posted Apr 25, 2003 3:00 pm

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