Parked in the wrong spot, GPS indicated we climbed total of 4464 feet elevation gain. Snow conditions were lousy, sliding with snow shoes and postholing without them. Views were excellent however. Encountered snow at 7800 feet with over 5 feet on the east face of the ridge at the summit
With MM. Started at the TH for Deseret Peak and took the Deseret Peak Trail to the saddle. Turned left/east and then walked south along the ridge all the way to Stan Benchmark going over 10230, 10018, 10161, and Vickory along the way. Round trip was about 17 miles with 6300' of elevation gain.
Long before I ever moved to Utah, I found myself driving toward the Western Desert looking for something to climb. It was close to winter, I was unfamiliar with the area but found paved highway 199 accessing Vickory Mountain from the south. The views the entire time (to a Washingtonian) were unlike anything I’d experienced.
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