The Wonderful Stansbury MountainsSince moving to Utah in the summer of 2011 I have had the opportunity to visit many incredible places in the state. One of my new favorites is the Stansbury Range located West of Tooele. My friend Victor (SP member Castlereagh) and I have been ticking peaks off in this range since February when we snowshoed up Vickory Mountain in the southern end of the range. On June 2, 2012 we finished up the highest of the Stansburys by doing a traverse of Deseret Peak and North and South Willow Peaks. This is a report of that trip.
DescentFrom the Summit of North Willow we descended back to the North/South willow saddle and began the ascent back up South Willow's muddy North slope. We didn't hit the summit again but traversed across it's mellow but rocky West face. We then descended down to the saddle and the top of the Pocket's fork Trail. Here we met Phenom again and he joined with us for the hike back to the trailhead.
The hike down the trail was pleasant, scenic, and full of good conversation about the mountains. We passed numerous hikers heading both ways on the trail. It only took us about an hour and a half to reach the trailhead. I touched my car at exactly 4:30 PM.
The Stansbury's are an incredibly beautiful and compact range. The trail system is fantastic as are the views. Although there wree quite a few people later in the day, the area was still MUCH less crowded and more peaceful than anywhere in the Wasatch.
RT Miles: 10.2
Time: 9 hours
Elevation Gain: 5,677'
Total Peaks: 3
County HPs: 1
Ultra-Prominence Peaks: 1