This is one of my new favorite hikes! Deseret Peak is the highest point in Tooele County, UT. The trail head was about a 50 mile drive from Salt Lake City, so it was kind of out there. That means, unlike Mount Olympus, there was no one else on the trail. Not a soul, except for a deer we saw on the way down.
One of the cool things about this hike is that it is not an out and back. The trails make a loop with the peak right in the middle, so the trail up and trail down were on opposite sides of the mountain.
I went with my friends Ivan and Stephen. Also, of course, Koda came along. The weather was perfect when we got to the trail head at about 10:30. We were kind of worried actually, because 2 days before our hike it snowed 13″ (yes, in June) at 11,000 ft. and the top of Deseret is slightly about 11,000. However, we found that the route was clear most of the way up. Most of the way. We had some large leftover piles of windblown snow we had to figure out how to maneuver. Not to mention, find where the trail came out from underneath the snow. Some parts of the hike it was just as easier to scale up the steep snow than to try to traverse it.
The trail meandered through damp forest and vast meadows. It was truly a beautiful hike. It ended up not being too technical at all other than trying to get through the snow. At the top the views were breathtaking. Looking out to one side was the Great Salt Lake, from the northern end all the way to the southern end. And looking out towards the West were vast salt flats.
I would do this hike again in a heartbeat. It was incredible.
For those who are interested, this is actually the highest peak that I have summited thus far. Here is a list of my summits sorted by elevation. I’m hoping to add a few more this summer!
Also, here is a GPS track of the hike: