Stansbury Front Trail (Full Trail)

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Stansbury Front Trail (Full Trail) is a 24.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grantsville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
24.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Via North Willow Canyon Road. Head west on I-80 and exit at Stansbury-Tooele exit. Follow the signs to Grantsville. From Grantsville head south on Cooley Street for about 4 miles to the North Willow Canyon Road. Follow North Willow Canyon Road about 7 miles. The trail begins about 0.1 mile from the end of the road on the north side of the road. Access #2: Via Mining Fork Road to Mining Fork trailhead. Junction with Deseret Peak Trail is about 1 mile along Mining Fork Trail. Access #3: Via South Willow Canyon from trailhead located at the end of Loop Campground. About 2 miles to junction with Deseret Peak Trail. Access #4: Via Skull Valley road on the west side of the Stansbury Mountains to the Pass Canyon road to the Spring Canyon trailhead. About 3 1/2 miles to junction with Deseret Peak.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked this trail this weekend starting on Friday night, finishing Sunday morning. This is a tough one, especially on day two with so many passes to get up and over - lots of elevation gain (and loss). Our camp spots were about 3.5-4 miles in for the first night, and then all the way down in the valley of Hickman Canyon after coming down from Box Elder Pass, about 17 total miles into the trail. It was really windy all over the canyon when we set up camp but it calmed down at night.

Water was scarce, with most springs/creeks on maps being dried out - we filled up at Davenport Canyon and then South Willow Canyon where there were campgrounds and full creeks. After that there was only one other water source for the rest of the trail.

No snow at this point in the season, and luckily it wasn't terribly hot, but there were some sections of exposed uphill that were not pleasant in the middle of the sunny day. A lot of the trail is shaded, with gorgeous tree sections particularly on the second half. Lots of wildflowers. Really beautiful all around! Didn't see many animals other than cattle and deer, but be on the watch for snakes on the exposed sections.

Both trailheads require high clearance vehicles to get all the way up to them - if you're driving a small car be prepared to park farther away and extend your total hike.

Didn't see too many people on the trail, mostly some dirt bikers and a few trail runners on one section - other than that we had the trail to ourselves!

Good resources we found were the huge map we picked up at the DNR in Salt Lake (REI did not have the map we needed) and the trail information and pdf's on tooelecountrytrails.com.

13 days ago

hiked over 2.5 days in mid April. beautiful hike. Pretty tough for me. kept 30min mile pace with 35# pack.

off road driving
10 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?

11 months ago

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!