Rishel Peak is a fin-like desert peak in the Silver Island Mountain range in Utah's west desert. The peak was created by volcanic activity, and it clearly shows several layers across its steep faces. Like the rest of the remote and rugged Silver Island mountains, Rishel Peak has no established trailhead and no trails to its summit.
Rishel Peak has no water sources, no trees, and no possibility of shade. The best seasons to hike Rishel Peak are spring, fall, and winter.
This peak is named for Bill Rishel, who drove a Pierce-Arrow car on the salt flats left from old Lake Bonneville in 1907 to test their suitability for driving.
From anywhere in the universe, find exit #4 on Interstate 80 in Utah's west desert near the Nevada border, also the exit for the Bonneville Speedway. From the exit, travel north and follow signs for Leppy Pass. From Leppy Pass, take the first right turn onto the dirt Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Scenic Byway. From the turn onto dirt, travel 3.3 miles. This is the trailhead for two wheel drive vehicles. Park off the road.
4WD or higher clearance 2WD vehicles can follow the double track road to the east for another mile or so.
This is Wilderness area. Follow all wilderness rules and stay on the roads.
Rishel from Volcano Peak
There are no established camping areas in the Silver Island mountains. Dispersed wilderness camping is allowed. Follow Leave No Trace principles and obey wilderness rules.
Nice page, but check your lat/long coordinates. Rishel is showing up in southwest Montana.
Posted May 26, 2011 8:44 pm
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