Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is home to a roaming herd of 500 bison. Pronghorn and bighorn sheep also share the rangelands that overlook the desert lake. Opportunities to view wildlife are available on backcountry trails, which are open to horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Please keep in mind that pets on leash are allowed on the island except on the Frary Peak trail. A visitor center offers information on the island's unique biology, geology and history. Please be aware that, during the month of May and part of June (usually until the weather reaches 90 degrees), Antelope Island has biting gnats (or "no see'ums"). Wear a hat or light hoodie and protect your face and neck with bugspray. Insects on the causeway are midges that don't bite, and brine flies along the lake's edge are harmless.
This is a great family hike. We did this on one of the last good days in November. Clear skies and the temperature was a perfect 50 deg. and there was a nice breeze on top of Dooly Knob.
The cost to get onto Antelope Island is worth it. Spend the day and explore the other parts of the island. Lady Finger trail is a good quick hike also.
Yannette F. on Lady Finger Trail
Extremely easy trail. Beautiful views from the top. The whole place is gorgeous (Antelope Island State Park) will definitely go there again ($10 entry fee for those who don't know).
Amanda G. on Frary Peak Trail
No shade, bring lots of water.
Did it today, great hike! I agree with the poster that this one is good to take the kids because they'll feel like they did some work without being too hard or dangerous. October is the best month for this hike. It's cold enough at night to knock down the bugs and the temps are typically in the 60s or low 70s (today's temp was 68). There's no shade to be had, so it was a hot 68 until you hit the saddle where you can see the other side of the Great Salt Lake and Buffalo Point. There's always a nice breeze up there that doesn't hit the eastern slope. All in all, a great little hike. It's something to get you and the kids off the couch and the view on top is very nice. It's kind of a bummer to have to pay $10 to get in the park but after doing this hike, you can take a nice car ride to go see the buffalo or go check out Garr Ranch if that's your thing. I definitely recommend it.
This trail is flat for a while and then becomes uphill and somewhat steep for a short while and then flattens out again. There is a great view and lookout point. There's basically no shade so bring sunblock, a hat and a lot of water. I would rate this as a moderate hike.