Explore the most popular views trails near Grantsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I opted to do the Dry Lake hike instead of the Desert Peak, and I was not disappointed. I was surprised by the range of habitats the trail goes through and enamored with the views on the second half. The hike to Dry Lake took me about two hours and twenty minutes, and ten minutes less coming back down.

Sustained, hard, but totally worth the effort! Just don’t forget to coordinate with your peeps, the loop direction beforehand!

I am a local. This trail used to be traveled by horses, dogs, people and it was a nice friendly place to go. Now it is full of people who think that horses and dogs are a nuisance to nature. There is no respect for the local culture and nature. Many have come and left trash everywhere. They think that they own our land - the land that used to be free of fee charges to camp.

hiking
9 days ago

Deceptively beautiful! Highest peak in the Stansbury Range. Excellent views ! Went to the wrong summit and had to turn around and do the right one. Had to trail run in the moonlight! Great experience. :-)

trail running
13 days ago

One of my favorite peaks! A great challenge and amazing views!

This is a great trail! Best to have another car to shuttle. Can break it up into sections.

Very great Trail.

This isn't much of a trail, but a great place to go swimming when you're hot from the Skull Valley heat! There was a fire a month or so ago that took out the boardwalk :( but its greening up really pretty.

My husband and I finished this trail today. We got dropped off at West Canyon Friday night after work. We hiked in a mile and a half and hammocked in the cedars. It was great except for the cows...
We found that most of the springs on the map did have water, but we did have a few dissappointments.
We stayed up on the trail until Monday afternoon, enjoying every step, taking lots of breaks in the shade, and enjoying the beauty that's right out our backyard.

I have blogged about it at tgitrailtime.wordpress.com

Tough but rewarding at the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! One of my favorite hikes so far. Went on a slightly overcast day (7/22) and it was perfect! Once I hit the peak, I took a different trail down that these guys recommended. Somehow somewhere I missed the trail and ended up walking down an old road. Once I finally reached the end of another trail, I hiked back up the main road until I found some friendly people camping who drove me back to my car at the Deseret Peak trailhead. The views I saw were well worth getting lost for! Took me about 3 hours to get to the peak. As for getting down, that’s a different story. Go do this hike if you’re thinking about it!!

I backpacked to South Willow Lake. Beautiful wild flowers throughout the entire hike. Very scenic. The lake was crystal-clear and great for swimming.

Great hike!!! Gets difficult towards the end, but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Haven't hiked this but I have to address the prior review. I'm almost certain that picking wildflowers in a wilderness area is illegal, and probably should not be done ANYWHERE.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my four children with me up this trail. We only made it about two miles because the kids wimped out. But I LOVED the forest at the beginning. Lots of tree cover where we were and my daughter had a HUGE bouquet of wildflowers. My two year old actually made it the first mile before wanting to climb into the backpack. Once I had the toddler on my back I felt the steepness of the trail a lot more! I can’t wait to come back without the kids and finish the trail!

hiking
2 months 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and dramatic. Strenuous

hiking
10 months ago

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
11 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
11 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!

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