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.
Hiked this yesterday. The first mile of the hike was surprisingly steep. Although we continued to gain elevation after the first mile, it was more gradual. The final crossing to the summit looked quite difficult when we got there. I was ready to turn around, but my husband encouraged me to keep going. The trail is quite narrow at that point and you are walking across a fairly steep incline. There is snow on that part of the trail in certain areas and we had to be very careful. Another hiker coming back from the summit warned us about the snow and told us to put on our microspikes. We did, and we were very glad. Once we reached the summit it was all well worth it. There is a lot of really interesting geology on the hike. I love to take pictures of textures we find when we are hiking, and there were SO MANY on this trail. Also, the possibility of running into Bison on the trail makes it very exciting - we didn't see any Bison on the trail (lots of poop though) but did see 3 when we got back down and were driving out...in fact, one came very close to our vehicle. Today I am definitely a little sore from the hike, but we loved it and would do it again. We plan to go back with our kids and take them on the cutoff to Dooley's Knob.
Challenging hike, with plenty of steep terrain. First 7/10th is steep, and the last 1/2 is as well. There is no shade or any protection from the elements anywhere, so if you are hiking this in the summer, bring tons of water. Be prepared for quick weather changes and lots of wind.
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.