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hiking
4 days ago

Really a good workout. Windy and cold at the top, hot at the base. A little bit of snow still at the top. Saw a huge rattlesnake coiled up right off the trail, I’d make sure to keep dogs on leashes. The views all throughout the hike were beautiful.

Did this loop on 6/10/18 in the clockwise direction. A constant incline from the very start, but the views are fantastic and only saw a few other people on the trail. My GPS clocked us in at 8.9 miles compared to the 7.3miles noted above. It took us about 7 hours with a long lunch break at the summit.

We brought spikes but never put them on. We had to walk in a little snow a few times before the peak, but nothing deep or sketchy. We found the descent to be more difficult because the trail was composed of loose rock, fairly steep, and mixed with a few muddy spots on some of the steeper parts. The trail eventually evens out as you continue heading to the trailhead.

I'd highly recommend hiking poles. I brought mine and gave my friend one of the poles. We still were losing our footing quite a bit on the way down and took a couple minor spills.

On the descent, there was still a small snow patch (maybe 10-15 feet wide) that I think Lyman W was referring to. It was a bit sketchy because a slip would have had some consequences. There was another portion where we were able to take a route around the snow but it was steep and muddy. Nothing that would deter me from doing it again, but just need to be cautious.

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.

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

Total time for loop: 5hr10min. Perfect 360° views and flawless and trail conditions are approaching the summit from the Southeast. After the first short section of trail to the river crossing, there are logs in the river that are stable and we crossed without issue. Turn left after the river crossing to complete the loop in a clockwise Direction.The trail gradually steepens until you gain the ridge at the bear fork trail intersection. The summit with snow free, but upon the descent we encountered large snowdrifts that completely blocked the trail. Traction is highly highly recommended for the descent. Follow post holes in the snowdrifts to continue in the general vicinity of the trail. And ice ax would be extremely helpful for a small snow Field Crossing above a cliff on the descent at approximately mile 4.75. After this traverse, you are out of the Harry portion and the rest of the loop is simply spectacular. Take caution and enjoy! No traction will be needed in the next three weeks, depending on snowmelt. CHEERS!

Just hiked this peak today and didn't need any of the gear Benjamin A. listed below. Just the standard boots, water, hat etc. There is some snow but it's pretty boot packed and the summit today was delightful though sadly, no views due to fog cover.

Did this one today. The views throughout are amazing -- Great Salt Lake, Nebo, Notch, Moriah(?), Great Basin National Park(?)... the list goes on and on. As far as current conditions go: I'm no mountaineer, but I was pretty glad to have brought my micro-spikes, ice axe, helmet and all sorts of layers. The wind chill at the top was crisp to say the least.

I want to do this next week. Has anyone done it the last week that can tell me what the snow levels are like? Will micro spikes do the trick?

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

hiking
9 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!

hiking
9 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
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?

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.

11 months ago

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

backpacking
11 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!

11 months ago

beautiful hike

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

backpacking
11 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

hiking
11 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.

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