Did as loop. Side trip to a lake. Saw some golden eagles up close.
I used to hike Deseret Peak regularly when I was young, but this was the first time as an old man. The weather was perfect and I was alone on the mountain except for a couple of blue grouse, some grouse hunters, 5 deer and a hiker going down near the bottom.
Great weather. Lots of traffic on the summit. There was only one sad patch of snow on the trail at the saddle before dropping into Pockets Fork.
Blundered my way to the base of the couloir, then took a welcome boot-pack up the slush. After enjoying the seagulls on the summit, continued to "South Willow" before descending near the other trail. Trip report.
I am attempting to climb all of the Ultra-prominence Peaks of the 48 States in my lifetime. This was my first mountain to complete. I left salt lake at 8 am and returned home at 9 pm. A full day but a beautiful mountain. I did not see one other person on the entire trail. Not complaining.
We attempted the South Willow route but we weren't prepared for the amount of snow we ran into. No fun to hike in wet boots! Around 9,000 feet there was a little over a foot. We're going to try tomorrow (10/19/2013) with the correct gear. I'll give some feedback on the conditions tomorrow afternoon.
9/02/13: Great trip, Thanks Chris! Enjoyed the day.
9/14/13: With Brewster, Miko and Nala. Somehow managed to miss the rain.
10/21/16: Went over and tagged South Willow as well.
09/08/17: Went over and tagged South Willow as well.
Can you say that my nose was in heaven. From top to bottom, I had much to smell and tall grasses and wildflowers abounded for me to prance through. I was a bit disappointed I couldn't put my rock climbing skills into play here, but the views were spectacular. I was so happy to find water when we were trailblazing down Dry Lake Fork. Much needed cooling and drink. Towards the end I seemed to anger something that was on the trail, for it ran away and rattled at me. Who couldn't love someone named Calamity?
Ten years ago I tried to summit this mountain only to become very ill on the saddle that drops to Antelope Canyon. Ten years later, another day of sickness. However when reaching the cold and windy saddle, I was determined that this mountain wouldn't thwart me again. We came back down the north side and dropped down through a saddle before Pockets Fork and came down Dry Lakes Fork. This entailed bushwhacking, but had beautiful views of Deseret and gorgeous streams. I wanted to vomit the entire way down. So glad to have done it though, and found a nice rattlesnake back near the trailhead. A rating for you Deseret. I'll be back to ski your couliers.
I got covered in burrs, some blisters attempting to break in new shoes, and stung by a bee. Pretty par for the course, as far as my luck goes. A lovely time on Deseret nonetheless! (Maybe stay on the trail, though... bushwhacking is not much fun.)
I was worried about there being too much snow still on the mountain and we ran into some up South Willow but it wasn't too bad. We lost the trail for a bit and it was windy cold at the saddle, but everything got better after that. There were some nice views from the top. It was cool to be able to see farther west since I haven't climbed many mountains not in the Wasatch front.
We took the Pockets Fork route back down and I really enjoyed it. It was runnable and was gorgeous with tons of wild flowers and little waterfalls. This lower part would be fun to do even with little kids or people who like smaller hikes. It felt like an oasis in the desert.
We ran up South Willow and down Pockets fork. I echo what another climber said...If I could do it over again, I would definitely go the other way. The Pockets Fork route is FAR more beautiful and really would have been great to enjoy on the way up. It would also be a much better climb than a descent if you are running. We lost the trail for quite a while due to some snow on the way up the South Willow route and so did everyone else we ran in to.
That said, I was VERY impressed with this mountain...I had low expectations for some reason and they were far surpassed. This mountain has a lot of variety and it was fun climbing up and even more fun sliding down the snow! It was a beautiful day with great wildflowers, a lot of greenery and variety, and a great mountain!
Tried the Willow Creek route but it was way too early in the year. Hit snow at just below the second creek crossing in the canyon. Should have started earlier because postholing was a problem all the way to the summit. We tried traversing on the rock where possible, which helped.
The Pockets Fork route looked like it had less snow from the top but without knowing the condition of the headwall we decided to glissade down the way we came. Next time I would definitely wait for late June or early July.
Spring ski of the Twin Coliours with summit of Deseret. Climbed the eastern col and skied to the top. Skied down the westernmost col which gets more sun. Great day about 6 hours car to car.
I have done this loop a couple times. It is a dying gem, sadly. Pine beetles are tearing up the forest. Go soon if you want to catch it at its most beautiful. Views are great from up top and you can combine it with Stansbury Island nearby, or camp. Good area.
Most of the dead trees up there are from 2 different fires in the last 10 years as I understand it. At least on the ridge N of the trailhead and N of the saddle above Mill Fork.
Beautiful night under a quarter moon. Windy and cold at the summit, no surprise.
Great hike! Hidden gem that many overlook.
Did the loop around. The valleys on the descent were amazingly lush and green and the whole mountain was covered in wildflowers. Really fantastic hike.
As part of a backpack with my dad. Great hike.