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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.

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16 days ago

on Frary Peak Trail

hiking
17 days ago

This was a great hike for early in the morning on an unseasonably warm day in November. I wouldn't want to do it in the summer heat or anytime there are bugs. There were bison everywhere when I arrived, across the road and in the parking lot at the trailhead. They are large and majestic, but not particularly charming. Hiking on Antelope Island is different than other hikes in the area, as you are walking through grasslands, with completely unobstructed views in all directions. The elevation gain on this trail comes in spurts, with interspersed segments that are level or downhill. It is a very well maintained and mellow trail right up until you get to the antenna near the top, at which point things change dramatically. The summit is on a rocky ridgeline, and it seems like some people just go straight and clamber up along the the rocks to the summit. That looked kind of iffy, so I took the obvious trail that dips down behind the ridge on the west side and loops around to climb up to the peak from the south. As described by Kristen below, that actually turned out to be a little scary also, and I would not recommend it for anyone afraid of heights or wearing shoes with poor traction. The scenery is great for the whole hike, but the summit is worth the extra effort.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike.
Definitely a steep climb but well worth it. The views are fantastic.
The trail is in great condition.

Great hike with some fantastic views of the valley and Great Salt lake at the summit. I would rate this hike as moderately strenuous aside from a few steep bits. From what others have said, this hike is best done in the fall or winter as bugs can become a problem. I hiked in November and so had no issues in that department.

great hike today 11/12/17. a little windy at the top but the views are spectacular. all trails says no dogs, but there were a lot of them on the trail today (doesn't bother me, I'm a dog lover). seemed steeper than listed, but not too bad. took 4 hours with lots of photo stops, especially the sunset

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29 days ago

If you want a kick butt hike this is it!!! Gorgeous 360 degree views of the entire valley from Brigham City to Tooele. Our legs were mush by the time we got back to our truck. Plan on 4 hours.

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29 days ago

This trail was stunning. The views were constant and wildlife was everywhere. The weather was perfect (11-11-17). There was no snow or wind or anything else that might make it difficult. There is a $10 fee to enter the state park. I used the directions on all trails and it got me really close to the trailhead but missed the last turn. You’ll see a sign from the highway when you get about a mile out or so. Follow that sign to the parking lot at the trailhead. The first 3mi of the trail are great. Very well traveled, uphill the entire way and mostly marked well. There is a couple turns where you could take a wrong turn. The first one being after you go thru/under some rocks there’s a trail that cuts left and one that seems to continue straight. Take the one that cuts left and switchbacks up. Then once you get top of the false peak (where the radio tower or some type of equipment is) take the trail that leads down to the right. It was at this point that I did not like this hike. It’s a downhill slightly slanted dirt path with full exposure and nothing to break your fall. It’s very slippery and scary especially if you’re afraid of heights. It would have been helpful if I had my trekking poles. There were some areas that had rock slides therefore it was even more treacherous to cross those areas. Other than this last half mile Is the most difficult part and in my opinion it’s harder to get there then to get back.

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1 month ago

I went yesterday (11-9-17) and couldn't't recommend this trail more. I have done it twice before, but this weather was perfect and the views were extraordinary. it is rated as difficult, but I would say if you are an avid hiker, this is more moderate. bring lots of water and enjoy the stunning views

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1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

What makes this trail great is it’s uniqueness... You will see amazing wildlife; last visit encountered bison, coyotes, mountain goat, whitetail herd, and a little flock of quail. Bring your good camera and be ready. The island also features some of the oldest geology on the Earth. Cool rocks and formations can be seen everywhere. The hike/run is good and slightly rigorous, but totally worth the view!