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.
I have climbed this peak 8 times
I have hiked up Deseret twice, once in 2004 and again in 2005.
Living in Tooele, I look at Deseret every day. I usually climb this peak at least once a year. The views never disappoint
This is one of my favorite mountains. Ascended via South Willow Creek, descended Pocketts Fork route. Didn't see anyone else all day. South Willow Creek Road closed before the trailhead due to washouts.
We camped out across the valley in settlement canyon, Tooele, and slept in too. Didn't start til after 1pm. Very beautiful mountain! We made it to the summit at 6:30, took some pictures, etc and left the summit at 7. We were at the truck at 10pm, after hiking the last few miles in the dark. Saw lots of deer right before it got dark, and in that forested area was REALLY dark. good thing we had a mini maglite.
Havent done many handstands since...
I think everyone and their dogs were climbing this peak. And to top things off my hiking partner decided to do a hand stand on the peak and wanted me to take a pic of it. As I bent down to get a good shot my gps came off me belt and went tumbling down the cliff. We tried to find it but it was lost forever.
The road is still closed, but the hike is sill worth it. One of the park rangers suggested we try the west loop first as the east route provides more shade later in the day, it worked out great! Would rate it somewhere between moderate and difficult.
Was with Punchline. Nice day on the peak.
Beautiful hike - in the short time we have lived in Utah, this is easily my favorite - nice meadows, forests and then up to the saddle and to the peak. Amazing views. Only thing that was a little messed up was the additional 3.4 miles added to the hike as the road was blocked off at the Boy Scout Campground due to flash flooding damage. Oh well, no big deal ...
I was very impressed with this hike. The scenery is as good as any hike in Utah, and it's only made better to hike in alpine greenery while seeing salt flats and Great Basin desert in the distant.
We did the loop route (up from the east, down to the west), and with the road closed, my GPS clocked us at 17 miles round trip. Normally I believe it's 8 or 9 miles, but the extra walking was well worth it. Only a few groups on the trail, even on the 4th of July weekend.
I have to say the rock up there is beautiful too. After Provo Peak, with its shale scree, this nice quartz was very pleasant.
I'd recommend that you pause before doing Timp again and enjoy this beautiful peak. It's a treasure.
The peak had just got a few inches of fresh snow a couple days before. The day we hiked was clear skies and sunny, but chilly. Very nice hike, only saw a couple other people on the trail.
Excellent full moon hike.
The second group up for the day, when we left there were a dozen or more people, and four dogs. Too crowded for my taste, but well wortht he effort of getting there.
One of the easiest county highpoint, IMO.
Willow Creek up and back. Great mountain with a mild climb, which was good because it was 100 degrees today. So pretty with all the water this year. Had a great time! Summit views were hazy but good--almost thought I could make out Nebo?? Maybe not.
One of my favorite peaks outside of the Wasatch. Have been up there different times of the year. Climbed in the fall and was blown away by all the fall colors. Winter/Early Spring was great. Early Summer is very green. Great year a around peak to do.
First asscent made with the boy scouts. If you begin
early, you can also visit South Willow Lake. Its at
the bottom of the cirque beneath South Willow Peak.
Always lots of wildflowers during the summer. An
exciting way down is a snow gully or couloir on
(Deseret Peak's) east side. The snow usually doesn't
melt until late June. Beautiful scenery!
Great easy climb up the South Willow Creek and some nice snow on the way down via Pocket Fork. Clear warm day with outstanding views.
First ascent w/ good friend Greg Clark. 3+15 to reach the summit, beautiful views. I like the variety of scenery during the first 2,000' feet of climb. Bagged Deseret the 2nd time 10-3-08 with Brent, this time taking the Pockets Fork trail up and the "normal" trail down. Color-laden aspens and leaden skies made for terrific scenery. I prefer the summit approach from the north. This was the 4th Utah county highpoint within the last 11 days, and Deseret was the lowest of all four! 3rd time on 10-25-08 w/ Brooke. Made the "loop" up Mill Fork and down the Pockets Fork side. 5+10 r/t. First winter ascent 1-20-09 in honor of my mother's 91st birthday. With Brent & Dave. The locked Forest Service gate 4 miles below the Loop CG adds 8 miles & 1500' vertical gain to the effort. Still, we made the entire trip in just under 9 hours, taking a modified Mill Fork route. Since the west side of the summit ridge had been scoured by wind & sun, a ribbon of rocky mud was visible along the southwest edge of portions of the summer trail. (4+12 up, 3+25 down) 6th ascent 10-22-09 For Anne's b-day (w/ Brent & Anne) Lots of snow above 8,500'. 2+35 up 1+48 down. Gorgeous day but windy on top. #7 10-9-10 W/ Brent, JP & Ladd Brady. Loop CG and Pockets Fork return - side trip to South Willow Peak. Beautiful rime ice and snow on the evergreens above 10,000'. #8 10-21-10 W/ Anne. 2+20 up, Pockets Fork route down. #9 10-20-11 w/ Brent. Some snow. 2+31 up. Full sun. #10 10-18-12 Another climb to celebrate Anne's b'day. W/ Anne & Brent 2+11 up, 1+42 down. Crystal clear skies but 32 degrees on top with 15-20 mph winds. Brrr. #11 10-24-13 Solo but in commemoration of Anne's birthday. Lots of snow; microspikes were a lifesaver. 2+21 up. #12 10-21-14 W/ Brent for Anne's b'day. 2+25 up, 1+51 down. Biting cold NW wind. IVD #13 10-25-14 w/ Brent & Dave in gale-force winds. Tacked on South & North Willow for good measure. Bald bist zu wieder zu Hause aber trotzdem IVD. #14 10-14-15. With Anne & Brent for Anne's birthday 2+27 up. #15 10-18-16 With Anne to celebrate her birthday - again. Cold day, 3" to 4" of snow on the trail above Antelope Canyon saddle, all worth it for the Dunford donuts back at the TH car. 2+19 up, 1+40 down. #16 10-21-16 W/ Lana. DP first, then So. Willow Peak. A tad windy but all in all pleasant. "normal route" up, down from Pockets Fork. #17 9-8-17 W/ Brent & Lana. "Normal route" and on to tag So. Willow. Saw several deer. Falls colors beginning to overtake summer greens. 2+48 up