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Frary Peak Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Syracuse, Utah that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 2,335 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Bird watching Running Lake Views Wildlife Bugs Rocky Snow No shade
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Users have reported that during the winter there is a closed gate that adds half a mile each way to the hike.

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Reviews (476)
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Recordings (373)
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Matt Ingrassia
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HikingGreat!

Wonderful trail with expansive views of salt lake. Quite exposed so bring plenty of water. It is 7 miles, but once you reach the 3rd mile it gets rocky/narrow.

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Marissa Wilcox
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Hiking

This trail is one of my favorites. Despite it being listed as hard I actually find it to be very easy. It is uphill a majority of the way, but I don't think you'll find a peak trail on the wasatch front that isn't the same. And for only being 7 miles out and back it is a lot shorter than most peaks you'll find on the wasatch front. As most past hikers have noted there can be some circumstances that make this hike awful. But there are some things you can do to mitigate the annoyances. Time of Year: This hike is best enjoyed near the beginning of spring and early fall. This hike has very little shade so during the peak summer months it can be hellish to get to the top in 80-100 degree weather beating down on you. The bugs are also at their most annoying and abundant when you go during the summer. The flies and gnats were non-existent when I went. Time of Day: I enjoy this hike the most when I camp overnight on the island and hit the trailhead early (5-7am). Not only does this reduce a lot of traffic on the trail, but your chances of seeing wildlife go up. Also, seeing as how around the 1.5 mile mark you start making your way around the west side of the ridge, you don't have to deal with the sun nearly at all if you go early enough. It started getting hot around 9am but by that time I had made it to the peak and started heading down anyway. While it may not be as breathtaking as some other hikes in Utah, this one has a spectacular view of the Great Salt Lake. With prior planning and preparation this can be an easy and rewarding hike.

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Leland Hunt
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Stephen Craker
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Dylan Gardner
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Adam Kincaid
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HikingBugsFeeNo shadeRocky

September 6, 2020 More annoying than difficult. It’s steep in parts, but we’re used to steep coming from Colorado. (And much higher altitude at that.) What we’re not used to are the flies. Oh my god, the FLIES!!! We were covered in deet, but it’s not like the flies bite, they just land on you and crawl all over you. Super obnoxious. Also, zero shade anywhere on the trail, blazing hot sun. The views sucked because of wild fires, maybe they’re normally ok. Anyway, it’s not worth it. Alltrails: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/activity-5498232429-615299a Garmin: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/5498232429

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Aiko Ishigo
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HikingFee

Very strenuous. No shade. Last part was hardest.

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Jacqueline Jaeger
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HikingBugsFeeNo shade

Beautiful and buggy. Caught the sunset and the full moon Wednesday night. Constant incline, one bison on the trail - about 50 yards away. He kept his distance, as did I.

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Chuck Compson
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Hiking

Great first three miles, steady incline with a few steeper portions. Really sketchy after the radio tower, not very enjoyable. Great views along the way, mile 1.5 is probably the best vista. Dooly knob is a nice side trip. No shade whatsoever, so warms up quick! Saw less than 10 people, so pretty much have the trail to yourself!

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Tony Sax
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Hiking

There was a bison before the 2 mile marker. I couldn't complete the trail : (

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Branden W
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HikingNo shade
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Pedro Rivera
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Paul Hoeffler
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Sharon Redensky
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HikingGreat!

Trail is longer than 7 miles from parking lot, no shade at all, we only encounter 3 persons in the trail goin up and 2 coupples going down. Amazing views!!!

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Gabriel Stidham
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Hiking

I hiked this trail early in the morning. It was an amazing trail with all kinds of wildlife including animals, bugs, trees at the top and other amazing things. Make sure that when you get to the beacon near the top, you go down the trail on the right not the left because that part with become dangerous.

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Aimee McVey
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HikingNo shade

Hiked this on a Thursday mid-day, starting at around 11:30 and returning to our car at 4:00 with ample time enjoying the peak. The way up was pretty much just up. Few flat/down sections for rest but plenty of little peaks along the way to enjoy views. Way up wasn't bad in terms of heat, but coming down was a bit brutal. I drank 2L of water and would've drunk more if I had brought it. Very few people on the trail, probably ~6 on the way up, passed none on the way down. And easy to take the short drive to float in the lake afterwards!

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Chris Brosky
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Hiking

Awesome sunset hike!!! Owls, lizards, a scorpion, a preying mantis, coyote eyes in the dark, mice, bats, rabbits, and SO MANY spiders. Incredible amount of wildlife at night!

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Meghan Brosky
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Hiking

Went up for a sunset hike with my Dad and we saw lots of creatures along the way such as coyotes, mice, bats, owls, scorpion, preying mantis, rabbits, and quarter sized spiders. We were the only ones up at the top and was able to enjoy a beautiful sunset together. As for the trail, there was no shade whatsoever and would recommend to do this hike in the early morning or evening due to the sun.

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Kate P
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HikingNo shade

Great views out over the island, lake, and mountains! The trail is on somewhat desolate, brushy terrain. No shade or trees, but the trail gets more fun after the first mile or so. It is fairly consistently steep, definitely felt the legs a bit. One key thing to note is that around the cell tower piece of equipment, the trail forks right and down. Yes, down. It seems wrong given that the peak is up, but this is the proper trail that winds along the side of the peak downwards and then up the backside for < 0.5 miles. Some folks tried to go straight ahead/left and up along the ridge to get to the peak, but DON'T DO THAT! It doesn't actually connect and is quite treacherous. Overall, when you see the piece of electronic equipment up high, keep your eyes out for a split right/down. This is how you actually get to Frary Peak! We started around 7am and the first hour or two were nice with less heat and sun. Definitely good to bring lots of water, sunblock, and a snack. We weren't bothered by bugs, and the trail wasn't too crowded. Saw maybe 3 or 4 other sets of hikers on Sunday morning. It's a nice hike to do after camping overnight nearby at White Rock Bay campground, just might not sleep too much if you end up transfixed by the stars at this dark sky site :)

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Steve Sevier
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HikingNo shade

Hiked w/my wife and pup on 7/17 - left at 8:00 AM and that was still too late: it got damn hot! Only one other car at the trailhead, and we met them coming down pretty quick, so we basically had the trail to ourselves. Not long after you pass a Dooley’s there are some rocks you have to pass through and they offer a good place for lunch or a rest, as it’s the only shade you’re going to find. Flies were bad but no bites as we had Picardin on - there was a steady breeze after about a mile in that also helped - no mosquitoes. The Peak has a little scrambling at the end, but nothing too difficult if you’re feeling good. Not much in the way of wildlife today: lizards & army ants - we saw a group of young Chukkers on our way down, but they’re so elusive and quick I couldn’t get a good shot. We also had to wait for a good many bison to clear the road right before the trailhead. Not much in to way of wildflowers either: some asters & the usual little divergens, and a lot of thistle, but not very vibrant. I’m glad I knocked this one out b/c it’s so close, but it’d be better in Spring or late Fall - happy hiking!

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Alexander Buxbaum
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HikingBugsNo shade

Hiked on Thursday, 7/16. Started at noon, knowing full well it would be a hot one. It certainly was. Chugged 3 liters of water on the trek, and don’t think I passed one tree for shade. Views are amazing throughout and the wind off various ridges is a short reprieve from the sun. Trail is well marked and I basically had the whole trail to myself. Did Dooley Knob to tack on an extra mile and viewpoint at the end. The trip took nearly 4 hours including a bite to eat at the summit.

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Tricia Elliott
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BugsNo shade

this trail has some beautiful views! only ONE spot about a mile and a half in had shade, and there were a lot of pesky bugs toward the top. definitely bring lots of sunscreen, bug spray, and water. the views are worth it.

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Katie Tran
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