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Indian Peaks (UT)

 
Indian Peaks (UT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.00770°N / 112.7269°W

Object Title: Indian Peaks (UT)

County: Tooele

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8420 ft / 2566 m

 

Page By: Dean

Created/Edited: Dec 5, 2009 / May 8, 2011

Object ID: 579765

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Indian Peaks (UT)
 

 
Indian Peaks (UT)
Northern approach from off the pony express trail road

Overview

Another nice peak in the western Utah desert, Indian Peaks is accessed off of the Pony Express trail (road). There is also another mountain in the western Utah desert with the similar name of Indian Peak but that one is much further from Salt Lake City and west of Milford. This mountain has the plural name of peaks since there are several little peaks along the summit ridge.

The Pony Express trail ran to the north of this little mountain range as it headed from Lookout Pass on its way to Simpson Springs on the west side of Indian Peaks. The actual name of the range is the Simpson Mountains but Indian Mountains would be another choice, if I had a say in the naming. It is easy to feel the "loneliness" that the pony express riders must have felt as they made their way along the route. Even though the pony express was short lived, it still looms large in American western history.

Having prominence of 2162 feet, it is of interest to those of us who are after the prominence peaks and this one ranks #72 on the top 100 list as found on this list from the website, List of John.

This mountain area is very popular with a teen program group, called something like "the Walkabout outback" program. The registers (two nalgene type bottles) were stuffed with their pieces of paper.

Getting There

From I-15, exit at the Lehi main street exit (#279) and head west on highway 68 to just beyond Five Mile Pass. Just after you pass the Tooele county sign, look for a road that bends off to the southwest. This is the Pony Express road and it has signage pointing you to Faust. You will pass a Pony Express memorial along this road and then cross some railroad tracks at Faust (no town, just a crossing). Another mile or so brings you to highway 36 where you will turn south towards Vernon. Watch for a sign in a mile or so that indicates the Pony Express road and turn right. Take it to Lookout Pass, stop at the pass to read the memorial marker there and then continue on as the road descends into the great western utah desert. My route went directly off of the Pony Express road (see map) and the southern route to the summit turns off before that.

 
Indian Peaks (UT)
Faust
 
Round Top
Lookout Pass
 
Indian Peaks (UT)
 


Red Tape

Indian Peaks - BLM land

For more information:
Salt Lake Field Office
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(801) 977-4300

Eric Willhite's pics from the benchmarked area

 
Benchmark and registers
 
 
Summit junk
 
 
The small one on top
Starting peakbagging young - Eric Willhite's daughter-what a cutie



Camping

Lots of camping areas just below Lookout Pass on the western side. On a weekend in the spring and fall, you will see plenty of campers. The land that Indian Peaks is on is BLM land so you can practice "leave no trace" camping nearby. Just pack out what you take, please don't leave any trash or create any fire rings. Simpson Springs is another area for camping (see below).

Simpson Springs Campground
Description: Elevation 5100 feet. Campground at the foot of the low (8200 feet) and remote Simpson Mountains. Horse corral with water .25 mile west of the camprgound-- horses not allowed in the campground proper. There is running water in the campground but it is not potable unless treated.

Location: From Vernon, go 5 miles north to the Pony Express Trail (still a dirt road), then about 25 miles west southwest.
Season: year round
Fee: $2/ per site per night (per info on webpage)

For more info:
Phone: 801-977-4300
Address: Salt Lake Field Office
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Another link

Weather (Vernon)

Pony Express Trail links

Simpson Springs
 
Atop the monument
 

More:

Link One
Link Two
Link Three
 
Round Top
 

Wikipedia Link

Death Canyon link

Routes

 
Upper section of south route
Eric Willhite's pic

There are many ways to top out on this mountain and I know of three different routes at the present time that have been used by others. My route came in from the north but I think the route most commonly used is the one from the south, used by Sp member Eric Willhite. Rather than repost his route here, I would recommend that you check out his fine trip report/directions that he has posted on his own website. It includes a map and information as well as some excellent pictures. You can find that page HERE.

My north route. I have posted two maps for the north route and will add additional information on this route.
 
Indian Peaks (UT)
from the north

Other routes:
Indian Springs
I will try and get more information from the two that did this route if possible.

Wildlife

Often you will see proghorn antelope on the way to the mountain and birds of prey such as the hawk posing below

 
Pony Express Hawk
Don't litter, you are being watched

Disclaimer

As road conditions can change and hiking or traveling in this type of country can be inherently dangerous, the above information is provided only as a courtesy. You accept all risk and responsibility for your activities in this area and I recommend that you let others know of your plans and where you will be hiking/climbing prior to heading to this area. Be self sufficient and carry plenty of food, water and shelter in the event of a breakdown. Good quality tires are a necessity on the rough and rocky roads you will encounter as is a vehicle in good condition. Having said all that, have a good trip and please let the author of this page know of changes that you encounter.

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