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
Blue sky with some lenticular and small cumulus clouds forming in the afternoon high above the peaks, but hazy in the distance due to summer smog and several wildfires in the North Willow area (including one fairly large one). I could still make out Timp and Nebo, but they were faint. Hot down low, pleasant and breezy on top (but swarms of insects, mostly nonbiting, joined us for lunch at the summit). This is a very pretty and impressive mountain, even in the usually harsh noonday sun, and the route was straightforward (we did the loop up the south side and down the north side). I like the desert touch in the environment.
On a critical note: many of the locals seem not to have good wilderness ethics, as there were numerous eroded switchback shortcuts and names carved in trees.
June 3,2017 - Hiked in then skinned up the twin couloirs, reached the peak (in under 4 hours from the car), then skied the west of the twins, skinned back up and skied the east twin. Awesome spring conditions. Two weeks earlier we got a last start, and had to walk the extra 2 miles up the road (as the gate was closed) started skinned at the first creek crossing, but we had to turn around at the couloirs do to afternoon sluffs coming down). Last year we skied just the west twin as we encountered a storm.
June 1,2013 - Hiked in then skinned up the twin couloirs, reached the peak, then skied the west of the twins, skinned back up and skied the east twin. Awesome spring conditions.
July 22. 2006 : Nice easy to follow trail, and to not strenous of a climb. Enjoyed it.
Beautiful day but the bugs stay with you from the parking lot to the top. Incredibly green through the canyon up to the saddle with wildflowers. Great breezes blowing on top kept the heat at bay.
Great hike on a clear weekday. Saw no one else the whole way. Great views of the Great Salt Lake and Nevada Salt Flats from the peak.
This was the first peak we climbed after moving to Ogden, UT. The peak was wonderful, but the campground at the TH was marred by the incessant sound of numerous generators running.
Lots of snow still. This peak was a lot more fun than I expected. The view is pleasantly different from the Wasatch.
This was an awsome day hike loop with great camping at the bottom of the trail area. I ended up at a crazy party the night I stayed there. As I was walking through the camp area that night I heard all this music thumping and crazy kids all over the place obviously inebriated. Which was approprate because they were part of the ICF (Inebriate the Childern Foundation). They were a fun great group of kids that welcomed me off the trail to come party with them. I figured why the hell not. I could use a beer!
Great hike, but didn't summit due to deep snow (on Memorial Day!) It would be safe to say I got lazy.
Still lots of snow when I went which made for some real fun head first glissading down. Pretty area in contrast to the proving grounds. Amazing views, from Ben Lammond to Nebo to Swasy to Ibapah. You can really tsee the geography of Utah from here
One of the few summits where you can take a different trail down and end up at the same place. Have done this 5 times.
Three days after a hike up Borah in Idaho. My legs were in good shape... I almost jogged up the peak! Still some good snow banks even in August. Made it in good spirits. Saw an eagle!
A friend and I climbed Deseret Peak today and came down the north trail (loop hike). Awesome views of cliffs and other mountain ranges in the distance. Very nice day weather wise, cool with a nice little breeze.
Climbed in September 2005 with Susan. Extremely windy at the saddle, but the wind died down at the summit. Beautiful sunny day with extraordinary views towards the Great Salt Lake and the west desert.
One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. Lots of wildflowers.
Well, it was supposed to be. Actually, the summit and our route there was enveloped in cloud most of the day. We found the gate locked at the forest boundary, 4 miles short of the trailhead, so we got an extra 8 miles which made for a fairly long day. The clouds cleared after 2:00 PM and we got good views on our way back. Climbed with SPer, MOCKBA.