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Highpointer1837One of my favorite hikes.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2013


Got snowed off this mountain my first time, so I made another attempt about a week later. I have to say out of all the places I've hiked in Utah this is one of the best. The views of the salt flats are amazing. Deseret is a hidden gem.
Posted Aug 8, 2015 5:47 pm

edgeFire Away  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2015


Climbed up South Willow to the top of Deseret Peak with a couple of my friends. Lots of thunderclouds in the sky but luckily none really got us, just a little hail in sections. The big highlight of the hike was seeing a massive explosion and the subsequent mushroom cloud in Dugway from the summit. After that we went down Pockets Fork. A really fun day!
Posted Jul 23, 2015 12:00 am

Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015

Brian Kalet

With Francis Peak
Posted Jul 13, 2015 7:48 pm

rileypeperVastly Underrated Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2014
Great hike! Took the loop route. There was great variety there. Trip Report at http://downthetrailblog.com/2014/06/deseret-peak/
Posted Feb 5, 2015 9:32 pm

SabineInUtahWillow Creek Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012


Climbed with RB and Spud, the dog. Very hot temps on the descent. Amazing views of the desert. Only saw two other climbers. Reached the summit by 10 am, one of my earliest in the day.
Posted Nov 11, 2014 5:54 pm

x4wheelingsolo hike
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2012


Did as loop. Side trip to a lake. Saw some golden eagles up close.
Posted Nov 7, 2014 8:08 pm

oldgoatwasatchDeseret Peak - Monolith of the Stansbury Mntns.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2014


I used to hike Deseret Peak regularly when I was young, but this was the first time as an old man. The weather was perfect and I was alone on the mountain except for a couple of blue grouse, some grouse hunters, 5 deer and a hiker going down near the bottom.
Posted Sep 6, 2014 4:04 pm

sharpaLoop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014


Great weather. Lots of traffic on the summit. There was only one sad patch of snow on the trail at the saddle before dropping into Pockets Fork.
Posted Jul 12, 2014 5:09 pm

seanoLeft twin couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2014


Blundered my way to the base of the couloir, then took a welcome boot-pack up the slush. After enjoying the seagulls on the summit, continued to "South Willow" before descending near the other trail. Trip report.
Posted May 29, 2014 2:36 pm

kingchas#1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2010


I am attempting to climb all of the Ultra-prominence Peaks of the 48 States in my lifetime. This was my first mountain to complete. I left salt lake at 8 am and returned home at 9 pm. A full day but a beautiful mountain. I did not see one other person on the entire trail. Not complaining.
Posted Dec 3, 2013 6:38 pm

ddempsey1080Welcome Back Mr. Winter
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2013


We attempted the South Willow route but we weren't prepared for the amount of snow we ran into. No fun to hike in wet boots! Around 9,000 feet there was a little over a foot. We're going to try tomorrow (10/19/2013) with the correct gear. I'll give some feedback on the conditions tomorrow afternoon.
Posted Oct 18, 2013 1:02 pm

yadahzoemtnNice Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013


9/02/13: Great trip, Thanks Chris! Enjoyed the day.
9/14/13: With Brewster, Miko and Nala. Somehow managed to miss the rain.
Posted Sep 2, 2013 10:51 pm

CalamityJaneRattle My Bones  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


Can you say that my nose was in heaven. From top to bottom, I had much to smell and tall grasses and wildflowers abounded for me to prance through. I was a bit disappointed I couldn't put my rock climbing skills into play here, but the views were spectacular. I was so happy to find water when we were trailblazing down Dry Lake Fork. Much needed cooling and drink. Towards the end I seemed to anger something that was on the trail, for it ran away and rattled at me. Who couldn't love someone named Calamity?
Posted Aug 5, 2013 1:27 am

utahguy058V is for Vendetta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


Ten years ago I tried to summit this mountain only to become very ill on the saddle that drops to Antelope Canyon. Ten years later, another day of sickness. However when reaching the cold and windy saddle, I was determined that this mountain wouldn't thwart me again. We came back down the north side and dropped down through a saddle before Pockets Fork and came down Dry Lakes Fork. This entailed bushwhacking, but had beautiful views of Deseret and gorgeous streams. I wanted to vomit the entire way down. So glad to have done it though, and found a nice rattlesnake back near the trailhead. A rating for you Deseret. I'll be back to ski your couliers.
Posted Aug 4, 2013 12:26 am

abrennalinerushPretty day, gorgeous view.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


I got covered in burrs, some blisters attempting to break in new shoes, and stung by a bee. Pretty par for the course, as far as my luck goes. A lovely time on Deseret nonetheless! (Maybe stay on the trail, though... bushwhacking is not much fun.)
Posted Aug 3, 2013 8:23 pm

BritaNice Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013


I was worried about there being too much snow still on the mountain and we ran into some up South Willow but it wasn't too bad. We lost the trail for a bit and it was windy cold at the saddle, but everything got better after that. There were some nice views from the top. It was cool to be able to see farther west since I haven't climbed many mountains not in the Wasatch front.
We took the Pockets Fork route back down and I really enjoyed it. It was runnable and was gorgeous with tons of wild flowers and little waterfalls. This lower part would be fun to do even with little kids or people who like smaller hikes. It felt like an oasis in the desert.
Posted Jul 8, 2013 9:25 pm

runbyu1Go up Pockets Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012


We ran up South Willow and down Pockets fork. I echo what another climber said...If I could do it over again, I would definitely go the other way. The Pockets Fork route is FAR more beautiful and really would have been great to enjoy on the way up. It would also be a much better climb than a descent if you are running. We lost the trail for quite a while due to some snow on the way up the South Willow route and so did everyone else we ran in to.
That said, I was VERY impressed with this mountain...I had low expectations for some reason and they were far surpassed. This mountain has a lot of variety and it was fun climbing up and even more fun sliding down the snow! It was a beautiful day with great wildflowers, a lot of greenery and variety, and a great mountain!
Posted Jul 1, 2013 3:36 pm

MAeroToo early  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2013
Tried the Willow Creek route but it was way too early in the year. Hit snow at just below the second creek crossing in the canyon. Should have started earlier because postholing was a problem all the way to the summit. We tried traversing on the rock where possible, which helped.

The Pockets Fork route looked like it had less snow from the top but without knowing the condition of the headwall we decided to glissade down the way we came. Next time I would definitely wait for late June or early July.
Posted May 25, 2013 5:56 pm

jamesmc2Spring corn on Deseret  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2013


Spring ski of the Twin Coliours with summit of Deseret. Climbed the eastern col and skied to the top. Skied down the westernmost col which gets more sun. Great day about 6 hours car to car.
Posted May 14, 2013 11:14 pm

andrew davidTwice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2010

andrew david

I have done this loop a couple times. It is a dying gem, sadly. Pine beetles are tearing up the forest. Go soon if you want to catch it at its most beautiful. Views are great from up top and you can combine it with Stansbury Island nearby, or camp. Good area.
Posted Mar 21, 2013 12:06 am

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