Willow Canyon Peak has been known as Dharma Peak on summitpost for a few years but since the page has disappeared, I'm taking the opportunity to change the name to something more official. Summitpost member kteichert
informed me that a placard on a granite rock at the south end of Burgess Park in Alpine had the name of the peak as Willow Canyon Peak. This peak towers over Alpine and is visible from all of Utah county. There are multiple route possibilities so look for a few different route pages over the next few years. Although my route via Willow Canyon was tough, the presence of a hunting chair on the summit hints of easier routes up.
Willow Canyon Peak from Mahogany Mountains North Peak
Willow Canyon Peak from Box Elder Peak
From Box Elder South Peak
Drive north into Alpine from SR-92 on 5300 West. In Alpine, take 100 S going east. Cross S 800 E where the road becomes E Village Way. Follow this to the end, take a right on N County Manor Lane, then a quick left on E Preston Drive. This becomes North Preston Drive and dead-ends. Look for a small Forest Service sign and trail. Road names seem to change often here, print a MapQuest map of the streets before heading out.
Willow Canyon Peak Map
The North Ridge
Not a whole lot of parking at the trailhead. Avoid blocking anyone's driveways.
Views near start of route
When to Climb
You could plan your trip anytime of the year. Summer is hot of course with more brush likely. Mid-winter would be challenging with soft snow. I did it in mid-December with several inches of snow on the upper mountain, but my timing was more to avoid snakes. Spring or fall is probably best.
From 6800 feet
From 8800 feet