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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.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Awesomeness but certainly needs re-evaluated in the easy rating.

Hit the Elephant Head spur after doing the Split Rock loop. It’s a short additional distance and has outstanding views of the GSL. Definitely recommend.

Pretty moderate 9ish mile hike with great views at the top. We saw a few bison roaming and they were closer than I expected. The terrain is pretty flat for the majority of the miles and we made great time, about an hour and 50 mins up and an hour 40 mins down. Had 2L of water but didn’t need that much since it’s the second week of November. It was COLD make sure to bring gloves, hats, etc because it’s windy up top too. We only saw three other hikers the whole time but we saw around ten people horseback riding the trails. It costs $10/car to drive onto the island and they will take cash or cards. Highly recommend this trail! I’ll definitely be going back.

it took us two hours and fifteen minutes up to the peak and one and a half hours to get back to the car. we probably could have gotten down faster if it wasn't dark. plan accordingly.

I loved this hike. It’s almost deserted on a Sunday morning while the trails nearer the White Rocks area got crowded. A real gem and not to strenuous despite the distance you’ll put in.

hiking
8 days ago

Such amazing scenery. Few steep stretches but not too long. Probably a butt kicker in the summer but it’s a pretty mild fall hike. Definitely will do this one again.

hiking
19 days ago

Gorgeous views over Salt Lake. There's no shade on the entire hike, so be prepared for that. We extended the hike with a few kilometres, easily done with the connecting Junction and Bone Road Trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Wasn’t really expecting much—just felt like we had to check the Great Salt Lake off on our list since we were in the area. Wow—really enjoyed our visit to
Antelope Island and this short hike. 360 degree view of an otherworldly landscape in the middle of this huge mysterious lake with mountains all around. Fascinating!

first time out. it was awesome! took my 3 dogs and 4 yr old daughter. they all loved it. it is an easy hike and great views at the top.

hiking
26 days ago

Take your camera and go at sunset! Pretty easy hike up, although the gravel on the way down might cause you to slip.

hiking
1 month ago

Super dope view, also make sure to go right at the radio tower and not into the rocks on the left there is no way to get to the trail without backtracking.

Great hike but there is no way this 21 mile hike should be rated easy when just Elephant Rock (9.2 miles)is rated moderate, this is twice the distance and over twice the elevation change. You'll make a full day of this and you'll need 3 liters of water.

Great hike but long. I did it in October, starting temperature was 40-ish and high of 55. Cool temps knocked down the bugs, so do this hike when it's cool. For water, I used a Camelback with 3 liters, it was a liter more than I needed. Great views!

I don't think this trek should be rated as hard. It might get a bit tiring if you are doing this trek during the hot summer months else it's a decent moderate trek.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s definitely hard, especially toward the top. But the views are great. There’s a marker at the top from 1892 and a mailbox with notebooks where you can write something. When you’re just past the radio tower, there will be two trails. One goes straight toward the rocky ridge and one goes down and to the right. Take the right one because the straight one doesn’t go all the way to the peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike (~1.2 mi round trip) for some spectacular views! Great photo opportunities and trail is dog friendly. I usually bring out-of-state visitors to Antelope Island and we do this trail - good hike for all ages and it is a perfect vista of the Great Salt Lake. I hit this trail this weekend and bugs were not a problem. Visibility was affected due to the haze from area forest fires.

paddle sports
2 months ago

Went to go try floating. Gross flies all over water. Walked .5 miles to get to water and paid 10$ to get into park. Was not a total waste as we got to see bison and antelope. If you intend on going in the water be prepared for tiny flies all over you couldn’t stomach it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Comes in at 7.2 miles. Spotted a few animals. Take enough water!!

trail running
2 months ago

Quiet, flat trail. No shade along the path but cool temperature along lakeside made it pleasant. Most stretches after the first half mile are suitable for running. Great uninhibited views of surrounding landscape. Although the presence of spiders on webs adjacent to the trail is immediately noticed, I did not have an issue with them or other bugs.

hiking
2 months ago

great views, rewards all around to the top and back.

trail running
3 months ago

I hit the trail at 0600 this morning. It was perfect! last night's rain made everything smell fresh and kept the dust down. No issues with bugs either. 1hr 10min up and 30min down. It's a decent climb, 2000 ft gain. The beautiful views along the way and herds of Antelope make the lack of shade worth it. Take lots of water and go early. Watching the sunrise was so awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

only .9 miles, not 1.3. This is short but fantastic with amazing views. You can't hear a single sound at the peak if you are alone, besides the occasional fly or airplane. 360 view of Salt Lake and the rest of the park.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view for such a short hike! Completely silent up top. Flies weren't an issue for us.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! We went early and got some shade - I would recommend this. I expected all uniform and boring terrain, but there was quite a lot of variety and some fun surprises with the rock formations. We saw deer and antelope and it was a good length for our 10-year-old.

At the ridge at 3 miles, take the right trail down unless you're ready for some wild rock scrabbling.

hiking
3 months ago

A good viewpoint of the Great Salt Lake. Many birds and other wild animals on the island. The inverted reflection in water is so beautiful, like mirage!

hiking
3 months ago

Even with the views being limited by a thick haze, what I could see was very impressive. I imagine they'd be amazing with higher visibility. I'd recommend an early morning hike for this one during the summer months. There's no hiding from the sun on this one. I did come across some sharp-tailed grouse near the weather station.

hiking
3 months ago

Spiders! This hike may be wonderful any other time of year, but please note that right now this area is infested with millions of spiders. There are several news articles about it. We got 5 mins into this hike first thing after sunrise and brushed away a few cobwebs thinking nothing of it. We came to a pass where we couldn’t get through the trail without facing several webs with three large spiders and turned around only to realize we’d been surround by webs all over the trail. Even driving off to leave the island we could see these webs and large spiders from the road. If they are your thing and don’t bother you, it’s a gem. If you prefer to avoid spiders, definitely not your hike right now.

hiking
3 months ago

The skies were so cloudy because of all the surrounding fires. Started early and had a slight breeze that was nice. This trail is almost entirely exposed until you get past the weather station, so that breeze was nice. Went down the left side after the station and came down across the ridge. That required some scrambling. And please people, if you have do poop, don't do it on the ledge of this trail! Can't you at least hold it until you get down or plan and go to the bathroom beforehand?! Not a nice thing to see when trying to find places for foot and handholds while scrambling.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome day seeing the history of Salt Lake and Lake Bonneville. Saw some great wildlife sites including elk and wild buffalo. Had to take the chance to wade into the great salt lake. Once is enough for that! Highly recommend.

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