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Wasatch Plateau

 
Wasatch Plateau

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.20000°N / 111.41062°W

Object Title: Wasatch Plateau

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Bouldering, Ice Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 11000 ft / 3353 m

 

Page By: Garon Coriz

Created/Edited: Aug 29, 2017 / Oct 12, 2017

Object ID: 1005863

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Overview

Extending from Soldier Summit in the north to Interstate 70 in the south, the Wasatch Plateau is one of the great overlooked places of Utah despite its centralized location in the state. Much like its name suggests, this is more of a high-mountain plateau that rises 9,000-10,000 feet above sea level with several peaks reaching above 11,000 feet. A rift fault created what's named Joe's Valley, which nearly bisects the entire range from the south. This famous feature boasts a massive concentration of challenging rock climbs among the boulder fields. The mountains to the east from the valley are shorter, and covered mainly in Juniper while the mountains to the west hold Aspen and Fir forests extending into alpine environments on the peaks. There are hundreds of high-mountain lakes and reservoirs along its length.  


North of Heliotrope Mountain
North of Heliotrope Mountain

Getting There

There are many access points along the length of the Wasatch Plateau. 

North Side
Soldier Summit - Highway 96 (4 miles toward Price from Soldier Summit)
Tucker - Skyline Drive (Forest Road 150)

West Side
Indianola - Indianola Canyon Road
Fairview - Fairview Canyon (Highway 31)
Mount Pleasant - Mt Pleasant Canyon
Spring City - Spring City Canyon
Ephraim - Ephraim Canyon Road (State Road 29)
Manti - Manti Canyon Road
Sterling - 6 Mile Canyon Road
Mayfield - 12 Mile Canyon Road
Salina/Redmond - Willow Creek Road

East Side
Huntington - Highway 31
Castle Dale - State Road 29
Emery - Forest Road 0044

Skyline Drive runs north-to-south along the entire Western backbone between and even on top of the highest peaks in the range.

Highway 31 is the only paved road that transects the range east-to-west between Fairview and Huntington. 

State Road 29 is a dirt road that transects the range east-to-west between Ephraim and Castle Dale.

Highway 31 Snowmobile Area
Highway 31 Snowmobile Area

Red Tape

Almost all of the mountain range is managed by the US Forest Service.

Camping

All along the roads that enter the range are primitive campsites. Below are some official campgrounds organized by region.


Joe's Valley Region - An extremely popular area for bouldering, fishing, boating.
Lower Joe's Valley
Joe's Valley Reservoir - 49 campsites 
Joe's Valley Pavilion - large group site (Max 100 people)
Orange Olsen - cabin for 6 people
Upper Joe's Valley 
Lake Canyon - 50 single family sites, several large group sites (Max 50-150 people)
Miller Flat - several family campsites, 1 group site
Potters Pond - several family campsites
Indian Creek - 7 large group sites

South Region (South of State Road 29)
Seely Creek Guard Station - Max 30 people (6 inside the cabin, 24 outside), 6 vehicles
Lake Hill - 2 group sites
Twelve Mile Flat - 2 large group sites (up to 50 people, 8 vehicles each)
Ferron Reservoir - 1 large group site (up to 50 people, 8 vehicles)
Indian Creek Guard Station - Max 10 people (6 inside the station, 4 outside)
Manti Community - Max 30 people, 6 vehicles
Twin Lake - 21 campsites
Willow Lake - 10 campsites

North Region (North of Highway 31)
Gooseberry Group - Several group campsites
Gooseberry Reservoir - Several sites
Flat Canyon - 1 group site (Max 50 people)

Huntington Canyon (Highway 31)
Forks of Huntington - 5 single family campsites, 1 group site (Max 40 people)
Big Rock Group - 1 group site (Max 50 people)
Old Folks Flat - 8 single family campsites, 5 group sites (Max 20, 50, 60 people)
Chute Group - 1 group site (Max 50 people)
Bridges - 2 group sites (Max 30 people in 1 site, 50 in the other)
Little Bear Group - 2 large group sites (Max 50 people, 15 vehicles each)
Cleveland Reservoir
Cleveland Reservoir

State Parks

Millsite State Park - Water sports, 20 campsites
Palisade State Park - Canoeing, fishing, 70 campsites
Scofield State Park - Water sports, fishing, snowmobiling. 2 campgrounds; unknown number of sites.
Huntington State Park - Water sports, 22 campsites

Images

Island LakeCleveland ReservoirNorth of Heliotrope MountainHighway 31 Snowmobile Area