Tom’s experience hiking the Deseret Peak Loop:
It has great views of the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats. The elevation of the summit is 11,031 feet but it has over 5,000 feet of prominence and is the highest point in Toole County.
Parking at the trailhead can fill up quickly during popular times so come early. There are outhouses at the trailhead. The trail starts out through a pretty dense forest. After about .75 miles you will cross the creek and the fork for the trail is immediately after that.
There are signs and if you plan to do the loop in a clockwise fashion (the more popular way) take the left fork. From here you will head steeply up the valley along some switchbacks and make your way up to the ridge. From the ridge you keep heading up until you reach the summit. There is a survey marker at the summit. You can return the way you came or continue heading north and complete the loop.
The loop isn’t recommended in the early season since it is a very steep descent and there is usually more snow on the north side than the south side. When I went in July it really wasn’t too bad other than one part with a steep glissade but it wasn’t too bad so long as you are careful.
Continue down the valley until you meet back up with the trail and then you are almost back to the parking lot. Dogs are allowed on this trail.
Trail Info: The parking the trailhead is at the Loop Campground. To get there take exit 99 off I-80 on Why 36. After 3 miles turn right on SR 138. Follow this 11 miles to Grantsville. Turn left on West Street near the end of Grantsville. Go 5 miles south until you see the sign for South Willow Canyon. Follow that road until the end. It will eventually turn into a dirt road but it is very level just be careful if it has rained recently.
Loop Campground Trailhead: 40.48296,-112.606443
Deseret Peak Summit: 40.45961,-112.626288
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