After an "austere bivouac" on my sister's floor in Eagle Mountain my brother and I punched this one out and were back in time for lunch. This was my first mountain outside the Pacific Northwest; I was charmed.
I'd wanted to hike Deseret Peak for the last three years, and finally had my chance, and I wasn't disappointed. Great hike, great weather, amazing views!
What a great day! Deseret was surprisingly easy for an ultra-prominence peak. Also did North and South Willow Peaks. Once again, awesome place!
via S Willow Cn
Ender's Shadow helped me to climb this guy. It's a very pretty mountain and I highly recommend making the trip up it. Surprising to see this in the desert. Thanks Deseret Peak!
Round trip in just under 3 hours for peak 51. Small hail storm at summit but still many people climbing.
Did the South Willow/Pockets Fork loop with David, with the best scenery encountered on the way down from the top.
We went up South Willow and then down Pockets Fork. It was greener than I expected. I went with Rocky Alps.
Up South Willow Canyon, down Pocketts Fork with Stephen. Nice change of pace from the Wasatch. Saw very few people, which is always nice.
I was quite impressed with the amount of water in the Stansburys (this was one of my first Great Basin mountain range hikes). The wildflowers were striking and abundant, a perfect frame for the rugged north face of the peak itself. Beautiful.
Hiked from flooding closure at Medina TH. Storm rolling in from south made me bail from the saddle.
This was my second trip up Deseret. This hike was uneventful and we made it up in time for the sunrise.
This is a beautiful summit in a beautiful area. It's a great example of how we can reclaim old mining areas and turn them into spectacular wilderness. I'm hoping to go back and ski here this Spring.
10/31/2007 and 7/15/2000
10/14/10 Ascent via South Willow Creek. Desent Pockets Fork. Took 2 hrs 38 mins round trip
Went up the South Willow Trail and then down the Pockets Fork trail, went up the two unnamed 10er points to the north on the way back down (PT 10685, PT 10521). Great views all around, glad to have a clear day for this one.
Via South Willow
Rode my bike up the 2 miles of gated road at 4:30 a.m. Arrived at the summit a few hours later. Very cool place. Continued north and climbed peak 10,685 and peak 10,521. Fire and washouts pushed this climb back 3 years for me! Every time I was about to head out to the Stansburys, mother nature through something at that road. I gave up and just biked it in. Map and pictures of my trip at http://www.willhiteweb.com/stansbury_mountains/deseret_peak/mill_fork_047.htm
Road is still washed out 2 miles short of trailhead. South Willow was well maintained, consistent in grade and enjoyable. The upper half of the north ridge return was difficult. The trail is not easily discernable and is steep. Still some small snow banks on both trails.