Stansbury Island Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Stansbury Island Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tooele, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

The trail starts just east of a gun shooting area. There is a trail post in the mouth of the drainage canyon. The single track trail climbs the west face of the Stansbury Island mountain to the top of the ridge. The trail is hard-packed but liberally coated with round quartzite boulders and chunks of limestone. The combination of steep grade (15%) and rocky trail will challenge you. From here, hikers will be looking west over the shallow west end of the Great Salt Lake. The trail descends about 200 feet from the ridge, then hugs the shoulder of a horizontal band of conglomerate as it follows the canyons carved into the south face of the mountain. The canyon walls are rocky and steep, with exposed cliff areas. After following the shoulder where the limestone and dolomite meets the conglomerate layer around two canyons, the trail splits and one branch descends back to the lake shore. Keep left to continue on the shoulder area further around the island. The trail suddenly ends right before cliff with great views to Great Salt Lake. The landscape is very dry and sparse, but the panoramas are beautiful. Sagebrush, a few trees, clumps of grass and cows grazing add charm to the island.

off road driving
5 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

7 months ago

Little to No Off-road. Road to start is on packed dirt road with no trails for OHV.

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

nice winter hiking. don't get shot though.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

This is a cool trail with some neat views. I didn't go the whole 9 miles because I didn't bring enough water and in August it was pretty hot and unshaded (so bring water and a hat!!) I didn't see another person on the trail the whole morning!

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2016

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Fun

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Super easy trials ! Nice for shooting too

hiking
Friday, April 18, 2014

hiking
Sunday, April 13, 2014

A short hike. Nice views of the snow capped mountains in the spring months. Best hiked in the cooler months as there is no shade on the island.