OverviewWillow Canyon Peak has been known as Dharma Peak on summitpost for a few years but since the page has disappeared, I'm taking the opportunity to change the name to something more official. Summitpost member kteichert informed me that a placard on a granite rock at the south end of Burgess Park in Alpine had the name of the peak as Willow Canyon Peak. This peak towers over Alpine and is visible from all of Utah county. There are multiple route possibilities so look for a few different route pages over the next few years. Although my route via Willow Canyon was tough, the presence of a hunting chair on the summit hints of easier routes up.
Getting ThereDrive north into Alpine from SR-92 on 5300 West. In Alpine, take 100 S going east. Cross S 800 E where the road becomes E Village Way. Follow this to the end, take a right on N County Manor Lane, then a quick left on E Preston Drive. This becomes North Preston Drive and dead-ends. Look for a small Forest Service sign and trail. Road names seem to change often here, print a MapQuest map of the streets before heading out.
Red TapeNot a whole lot of parking at the trailhead. Avoid blocking anyone's driveways.
When to ClimbYou could plan your trip anytime of the year. Summer is hot of course with more brush likely. Mid-winter would be challenging with soft snow. I did it in mid-December with several inches of snow on the upper mountain, but my timing was more to avoid snakes. Spring or fall is probably best.
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