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.
We enjoyed our time up on the trail. It was a perfect day and no snow on the trail. The overall hike was a little barren, but the trail itself was gorgeous and reminded me of Scotland for some reason. It is a tough hike for beginners due to the steep incline most of the way. We had dogs and the way back down was rough holding them back on a leash, but they enjoyed playing in snow at the top. Good hike, not the best close by.
Justin H. on Dooly Knob Trail
This is a fairly quick climb and was a great starter for me for the new hiking season. Beautiful views from the top of the island and a panorama of the Wasatch to the east.
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.