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This is a stunning peak. We (unknowingly) went during the first snowfall of the season, but it was just a light dusting that made everything more spectacular in late September. Good for fall colors. We went up the east side and down the west side. I felt the east side was easier but I don’t know if that’s actually true. It was definitely more popular.

Pretty trail great if you need a shorter trail run to get your heart rate up!

3 months ago

A hike away from all the people. I highly recommend the loop.

3 months ago

This was a great hike, however it is a little more moderate than easy.

4 months ago

Beautiful and dramatic. Strenuous

Trail is easy to follow, and steady up all the way. A bit of scrambling on the gravel above the tree line. It was hazy when we went, but there are some good vistas along the way. Felt longer on the way down, and the brush was encroaching on the trail some. The trees and fauna are not what you'd expect to find near Tooele; felt more like a Wasatch canyon!

5 months ago

BEAUTIFUL! Remember to keep in mind you will be going up 3600 feet in just under 4 miles and be prepared for that--also, the elevation might get to you--make sure to keep breathing as much as possible without hyperventilating (that helps me). Overall stunning hike complete with forest at the beginning, meadows in the middle, and mountain-top views in the end!

6 months ago

9.2.2017 | 30lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Trekking Poles

This is a tough, exposed hike (definitely made harder by my heavy pack). You cross a river at the beginning but the majority of the hike is dry so plan ahead! My GSD and I drank all 6L packed.

After you cross the river the trail will fork. Left leads to Desert Peak, right leads to South Willow Lake.

The trail varies from forested to meadow to exposed rocky desert which kept it interesting and I suggest long pants for the overgrowth. Unfortunately, the air was smoggy/smokey so the views overlooking Salt Lake Valley on the way up and even the 360 views from the summit weren't as grand as they could've been. We passed a few people and a family with 4 young girls who all made it to the peak which I found very impressive considering the steepness and midday heat.

Once you reach the ridge, there are a few trails you can follow which entices me to come back and explore. I was bummed that we couldn't figure out where the loop was so we went down the same way. Trekking poles on the way down were really nice as some spots are steep and slippery but you'd survive without them.

All in all, this is a beautiful desert hike that I look forward to doing again in clear air!

This is a great hike; took us about 6 hours to do the full loop - including a bit of time at the summit. The steepest part is up to the saddle, beware of some lose gravel along the way as well. Highly recommend this challenging hike, although it should be rated as Hard rather than Moderate.

This hike is beautiful! I am an avid hiker and would rate this hike as hard more than moderate (for some reason the peak route on All Trails is marked hard but the loop is moderate even though to do the loop you summit the peak?). There is some loose gravel near the saddle and further on the way up to the summit so shoes with a fair amount of tread are helpful, also hiking poles were a great treat on the way down but aren't an absolute necessity.

One of Tooele's gems, a must do in the Tooele Valley. Moderate hike that's lightly trafficked. My GPS measured 7.5 miles, took us 3 hours round trip, with 2100 ft elevation gain. Dog friendly with several streams along the way. The second half is quite exposed to the sun, but gives a great view of the valley. I like this one

Great hike- definitely wear long pants because it's overgrown for a majority of it.

off road driving
7 months ago

Rode this trail back in May 2017, loved it but got stopped by a snow drift about half way. Does anyone know if it is clear yet?

This is a beautiful hike and the views from the summit are incredible. It took me about 2 hrs 40 minutes to reach the summit and about 2 hrs to get down. Spent about 20 minutes at the peak for about a 5 hr total hike. I saw a few people on the way up and one on the way down, so it is not heavily trafficked. I saw a deer, lots of birds, and the number of butterflies near the top was amazing.

I hiked this mid July and most of the snow was gone. I had to traverse over one snow patch on the way up and one on the way down, but it wasn't too bad. I am a middle aged guy who hikes once every two or three weeks and it was a workout for me. Parts are steep and I had to push hard to keep going. I got blisters on the back of my heels and my toes were sore going down. This isn't common for me, so I think the steepness of the trail caused that.

The GPS said the total distance hiked was 9.9 miles, which is a couple miles longer than the trail description gives.

Overall great hike. I'll try to do this one again.

Just did this hike yesterday and all I can tell you is that this is by far the best hike I've ever don so gorgeous recommend that you bring a lot of water hike ain't easy and right now ain't that much snow we hiked up 8 in the morning reached the top at 10:20 am

8 months ago

Good beautiful hike. It's an oasis in the desert.

Only did a little portion of it. It was not too steep; a 3 year old handled it like a champ! The whole trail would be awesome!

Awesome hike with great views, after the peak the trail is a bit hard to follow. I would not have been able to do it without the app.

6.24.2017 | 20lb Backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen & Water Shoes

This trail has multiple river crossings, fallen logs and beautiful scenery which makes it a fun one to hike! It's moderate but exposed so I highly recommend sun protection. The glimpses of the valley are beautiful but the shining features are massive rocks and Willow Lake.

The trail doesn't have much signage or cairns to help you navigate forks, so having a map handy is helpful. Trail is narrow and overgrown in places so watch your step. I stepped one foot close enough to the edge that the soil broke causing me to fall.

There were more people in the canyon and on the trail than expected, but my GSD and I had a blast and are looking forward to exploring this area some more!

8 months ago

beautiful hike

Beautiful hike still was a bit of snow in places but pushed through well worth it

8 months ago

Love this so much! hiked about 3-4 miles up then set up camp and the next day we summit ed to the peak

Constant elevation gain, not too pretty of a trail. People bring horses up it regularly, so it tears up the trail. Moderate, not a hard trail.

8 months ago

The south side is definitely the easier way up, and I'd take the north way out. Still too much snow to make it out North now, as I was up at Willow lake two days ago (06/24/17), I'd wait a few weeks.

The hardest parts are the beginning and the last 1000ft, due to those being the main sources of elevation gain. Beautiful trail, worth every step; but definitely a moderate trail.

8 months ago

This is an awesome hike. There is still too much snow to complete the full loop, but one can get to the peak just fine. If you go now, bring a garbage bag for sliding down on the snow sections. It is do beautiful along the whole hike.

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8 months ago

Love this trail!

This is a beautiful hike that can be done in about 4 hours, out and back. Springtime and early summer hiking gives green lush meadows and plenty of wildflowers along the trail. It also means you'll come across some snow patches to traverse and streams that require wading through or jumping across from rock to rock. Fall hiking isn't as green, but the leaves on the aspen forest are beautiful. You will hike through trees, across meadows, and next to rocky cliffs. There are plenty of lookout points to stop and look out across Tooele valley and the great salt lake. South Willow lake lies at the base of some majestic cliffs in a small basin that is peaceful but not as pretty as the trail leading up to it in my opinion. I've tried taking 11 to 16 year old boy scouts and they petered out at about the 2 mile mark. But I've also seen 5 and 6 year olds make it up, slowly. Overall great hike, not too hard. I'd rate it as moderate, not easy.

From the trailhead at the loop campground, my GPS clocked it at 8.3 miles round trip with about 2631 feet of elevation gain, starting at 7576' and peaking at 9257'.

9 months ago

Made it 2.5 miles up. Trail muddy and wet due to last storm and still lots of snow the farther up I went. A few more weeks and it should be melted. Beautiful hike!

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