Poison creek

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 38.36920°N / 112.3706°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Walk up
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From Beaver Utah, take Utah highway 153 as mentioned in the 'Overview' for 16 miles and turn north on FS road 123. At around 5 miles, pass through the Big John Flat campground area, (go past the modern outhouse) and follow a roughening road as it contours north and northeast towards Poison Creek, reached at 5.6 miles.

Route Description

Option one:
Prior to reaching Poison Creek, the road gets a little rough for low slung passenger vehicles like a Dodge Caravan (which we were driving) and at the 5.4 mile area there is a nice place to pull off and park. Take a bearing with your GPS and just head towards the peak. It is about about 1.7 miles or less from this point and is straightforward to reach the peak. I was up and back in less than 2 1/2 hours. Elevation gain 1800 feet. No brush and route finding was straightforward and intuitive.

Option two: Poison Creek. If your car can make it to here, no problem with a Subaru or higher clearance vehicle, park at the turn, off of the road. The route (no trail) heads up the right fork of Poison Creek to top of the ridge. On top of the ridge, go to the south (right) and bypass any snow fields you might encounter in June or early July (gone by August)., Head up the talus, and you're there - Delano Peak's summit. By this route, the distance from trailhead to summit is 1.3 miles, The elevation gain is about 1300 and since the slopes are open and non brushy, you could do this in two hours if you're in a hurry.

A couple of mountain goat herds are active up here and there is a good chance you will see some of these fascinating animals. Be wary of this exposed country if thunderstorms are in the area and use common sense.

Essential Gear

Water, sunscreen, good hiking shoes and a camera. On a clear day you can see Wheeler Peak in Nevada and Notch Peak to the northwest. Take a jacket as it can be quite chilly at this altitude, even in the summer.

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