Thanks for the nice comment on my page! I’m glad you enjoyed climbing the mountain.
My nephew took us up Davenport Canyon leading west from Grantsville. We turned left at a signed junction that said
"North Willow Canyon."
What are the names of the peaks immediately (west) of Davenport Canyon? There's some interesting peaks up there.
The gate across the road in South Willow Canyon was still locked, as of 5/2/2009. What is your personal suggestion for
obtaining a good map of the Stansbury Mountains, particularly the northern end of the Range ??? Thanks ...
Thanks Larry. I would like to hike more in the Stansbury Mountains when I have time. Davenport Canyon looks like a neat place. The mountains located west of the canyon are unnamed and around 8,600 feet elevation. The map shows a trail up Davenport Canyon that goes to a spring passed some old mines.
Farther to the north is the Northern Stansbury Mountains Wilderness Study Area. There are no maintained trails and this is why few people come to hike here. The highest point in that area is Onaqui BM which is 9,143 feet. These mountains seem to be just a rugged as the peaks farther south but lower in elevation.
The gate for South Willow Canyon doesn't usually open until Memorial Day or later in the year. You could park near the gate and hike in from there. A good map is the USGS quad for North Willow Canyon. You could also look at online maps from MyTopo or Terraserver to find what you are looking for.
Just spoke to the district in charge of Deseret Wilderness, and the road is now open to the Loop Campground.
Great page, by the way.
Thanks for the update. Happy skiing and hiking.
I'm thinking that the road to Loop Campground opens "seasonally"
around the first of June, and closes in October.
The next time you go, you might want to check out the "permanent"
snowfield above South Willow Lake.
My brother, who lives in Tooele, measured the depth of the snowfield as being 35' on July 23, 2011.
The road does open seasonally. In recent years, there have been washouts which kept the road closed longer than usual. I liked the photo you took of South Willow Lake. A lot of snow isn't going to completely melt from the mountains this year!
Yes, thank you and South Willow Lake is alive and quite well.
It had a constant supply of melting snow, and the creek in
South Willow Canyon was a roaring torrent, just as the North
Provo River was when we hiked a ways up Primrose Cirque near
It's cool to visit a place with an abundance of water.
An excellent page! Thanks for this one.
Last week I was working in the Tooele Valley and kept looking up at the Stansburys. One night after getting home I found this excellent page. Great info on the trails, and also North and South Willow Peaks, two which I hadn't done yet. Deseret Peak and the Stansbury Range really is a gem in the desert. Reminds me a lot of Wheeler Peak, NV on a slightly smaller scale.
Got some video heading up from the west, up and over Deseret, and onto North and South Willow.
Thanks for the nice comment on my page!
I want to hike the same route that you did that includes Deseret Peak, North and South Willow Peaks, and also Pockets Peak :)
I like the video too. It shows the terrain really well.
That route is pretty cool up there. When down in the Tooele Valley looking at Deseret and the Willow Summits it looks like a long traverse, though while up there it isn't bad at all. Add a couple of hours to the normal hike, and roughly 1500 feet of extra gain.
I noticed a lot of acreage burned up on the west side of the mountain. Also, it looks like all the flood damage on the access road up to Loop Campground and the trail head has been repaired pretty good. Both flood areas seemed to be located at both the upper and lower narrows areas of South Willow Canyon. Looks like the road has been widened a bit, with a good retaining wall separating the stream bed from the road on both sections. I was a little concerned about getting up there before the hike and having it being closed, but fortunately the road was in decent shape all the way to the trail head.