Pahvant Butte is also known as "Sugarloaf"
by the locals.
The summit as seen from the south peak.
On the way to the summit
Standing by itself west of I-15, Pahvant Butte
is very obvious to those driving either north or south on the interstate. With a volcanic history, Pahvant Butte is an interesting landform and worthy of both hiking and exploring. See this link
for more information about the volcanic background. With a prominence of 1126 feet, Pahvant Butte is of interest to
those who are interested in ascending the peaks in Utah that have more than 1,000 feet of prominence.
An interesting note is that I saw the height of this mountain listed on other resources at different elevations but the elevation chosen is the one I found at List of Johns website
Please see the links below to get more information about this most interesting landform and some references to the "Lace Curtain" are contained in some of the links.
As seen from I-15
Leave 1-15 near the town of Holden on US 6 and drive ten miles to the intersection of highway 100 with US 6. Turn south on highway 100 and take the first road that heads east (a dirt road that crosses a cattle grate). This road is suitable to non 4WD vehicles in dry conditions but should be avoided
if the road is wet or bad weather might be encountered. It becomes very muddy in sections when wet. It is roughly 8 miles on this dirt road to the southern end of the Pahvant Butte where it would be possible with a high clearance 4WD vehicle to go further but those with low clearence might be best served to park and hike from there. A steep ATV track ascends the southern flank of the southern summit and a road also goes up from the southern side to the top of the southern summit.
From Delta, take Highway 6/50 west to the intersection with Route 257 that leads to Deseret and Milford. Go south on Route 257 for 21 miles and turn left (east) on the road to Clear Lake Bird Refuge. Drive eastward 7.5 miles on the well-graded dirt road to the sign to Pahvant Butte. Pahvant Butte is easily visible, even from Delta.
Triangulation structure on summit
None that I am aware of. I believe that Pahvant Butte is on BLM land
although signage is not found indicating this. I saw no indications of private property or limitations. Use common sense in an area like this as during the week you might not see anyone should you have vehicle problems. The roads can become very muddy when wet and should be avoided until they have had a chance to dry completely out.
No campgrounds exist in the immediate area and the nearest towns would be Fillmore and Delta. Car camping would be probable near the mountain with the leave no trace ethics applied.
External LinksDesert Islands trip report
Utah Geologic Survey report
(get the geologic history)
Pictorial trip report
For those who like to combine their hiking or climbing with signing the summit register and a geocache find, this one has a geocache. It was originally placed in 2003. The Code for this one is GCG6RK for more information. Be sure to always carry a pen or pencil so you can sign in. On my visit, I had no pen with me and you can't depend on the cache or a summit climbers register to have one(I didn't find a climbers register on this one anyway).
As road conditions can change and hiking or traveling in this type of country can be inherently dangerous, the above information is provided only as a courtesy. You accept all risk and responsibility for your activities in this area and I recommend that you let others know of your plans and where you will be hiking/climbing prior to heading to this area. Be self sufficient and carry plenty of food, water and shelter in the event of a breakdown. Good quality tires are a necessity on the rough and rocky roads you will encounter as is a vehicle in good condition. Having said all that, have a good trip and please let the author of this page know of changes that you encounter.