After looking out my office window toward Frary Peak for three straight months debating with my coworkers whether or not you could ski/snowboard down it, I finally lugged my board up to the radio tower/antenna thing just below the summit ridge and rode it down after summitting. I had to stop a few times because it flattened out, though. Overall I couldn't recommended it, but it was still enjoyable. There was a ton of snow on the mountain and the day was clear and hot. The summit ridge was pretty sketchy - crampons were very helpful. A trail patrol officer was waiting for me at my car when I got down, but he didn't seem to care that I had been riding (although he certainly thought it was odd). The trail was very difficult to follow in the snow.
I have climbed this little mountain many times, but doing it in the winter made it a bit challenging. Alot more snow then we thought and in some parts the snow was waist deep. I love going out to Antelope Island, its a great place to go and get away.
Did somebody move the buffalo??? Back in 2001, all the
buffalo were grazing in one spot, well to the southeast
of Frary Peak. This allowed my nephew & I to climb it
without a worry. Great views from this pleasant summit.
Climbed via the standard trail on a super nice day in November. Needed to get away from things for a few hours and breath some fresh air. The trail is really great and the views from the island are cool.
See dad's entry.
Climbed with my father and my son Kessler. Last section was suprisingly challenging with all the new snow. I believe 8" fell on the peak. Lots of buffalo were seen. Well over 100 I believe.
I was surprised not to see anyone else on this rather popular hike today. Of course, thunderstorms threatened the area and that probably kept others away. I was up and part way down before the thunderstorms rolled in. A great hike and I saw two deer, two proghorn antelope and one lonely buffalo. The BM on top dated back to 1892, one of the oldest I had seen (updated by a newer BM)
Climbed this peak on a rather cold April morning. Saw some big (bison) and little (rabbits, etc..) wildlife along the way.
Easy hike on a surprisingly warm spring day.
This was a very enjoyable hike, made harder by carrying a 2 year old in my pack most of the way. The last section was slick with the new snow, but fun. Would like to have done the final ridge, but recently broke my collar bone and kinda didn't want to use my arm at all. Really great views especially to the west.
Came up here in March, but couldn't get to the peak. Had no Idea the trail went down after the radio tower!
Great trail. I can't beleive the amount of wildlife, the hike is worth it for that alone.
Although the height of Frary peak pales in comparison to the nearby Wasatch mountains, this is one of my favorite hikes due to the beautiful scenery, wildlife and the variety of microenvironments Antelope Island offers. The hike is best in winter or early spring; worse than the heat, biting midges (aka "no-see-ums") make the trail very uncomfortable in summer and early fall. I've seen Buffalo, snakes, small lizards, tarantulas, rabbits, grouse, bumblebees, and many varieties of birds along this trail. The seemingly innocuous ridgeline to Frary peak will definitely give you an adrenaline rush, should you choose to take this route. I would also highly recommend the hike out to Elephant Head on an early spring morning.
Mostly sunny day with scattered thunderstorms. Noseeums were atrocious on the summit. Spotted some bison. A great way to spend half the day.
3 of us were stopped by a huge bull buffalo who took exception to us being on his mountain. We were about 1/4 of a mile from the top when this happened. He actually chased two of us back down the trail (I was almost run over by these two who were ahead of me as they were being chased by the bull) We snuck back up above the critter but he was watching our every move. Exciting but no pics as I had my camera in my day pack at the time this all happened. I'll finish Frary another day.
This was a surprisingly fun winter hike. We turned back about 300 yards past the radio tower because it was snowing pretty hard and the rocks were pretty slick. It was still fun to get out of the house though.
I live close to Antelope Island so I decided to take a hike while I was there. The trail is in good condition. Near the top the trail divides around the rocky summit. Bottom trail is easier but the ridge is fun scrambling. On a clear day you can see most of the Wasatch Range.
I hiked this the day after my grandfather passed away. It was an uneventful, slushy, easy going day. The trail was not marked well when it directed to the West instead of up the final ridge to the summit. I tried to place some rocks there for it.
Very quiet, the entire Salt Lake was mirror-still. A little bit of slippery mud/slush near the top, but steps and trees helped out in places.
Got a late start and there was a good bit of snow on the trail. The last bits were untouched (since the last snow). We post-holed up to the summit, scrambled the rocky ridge back to the saddle, and had to run back down to make the 5:00 PM trailhead deadline. Very fun.
I agree with Mr. Wasatch. This is a great early and late season hike. I've seen buffalo at the top of the ridge by the radio anttenas, so watch it!