Deseret Peak Loop

Tom’s experience hiking the Deseret Peak Loop:

The Deseret Peak Loop is a great mountain hike near Salt Lake City, Utah. The route has quite a bit of variety starting in a beautiful forest and ending at a cliffy summit.
Hike Deseret Peak

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.

Deseret Peak Hike

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.

Deseret Peak Trail

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.

Deseret Peak 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.

Deseret Peak Utah

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.

Tom’s Rating:

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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Climb to the top of the Ancient Kahakuloa Head

Tom’s experience climbing Kahakuloa Head:

Kahakuloa Head is a steep hill outside of the quaint village of Kahakuloa in Maui. Getting to the trailhead requires a short drive along a treacherous bit of highway.
Climb Kahakuloa Head

The trailhead is a dirt pullout right next to the highway overlooking the steep ocean coastline along northern Maui past the Nakalele Blowhole if you come from the west.

Hawaii Kahakuloa Head

There is no real trail to the summit of the Kahakuloa Head so you will have to bush wack and crawl under bushes some. The trail is very steep and nearly vertical in some areas. At the summit there is a survey marker to let you know you made it.

Kahakuloa Head Hawaii

Getting down is more difficult than getting up. The grass you are hiking through is often moist from dew or rain and the hill is so steep it is easy to slide down.

Maui Kahakuloa Head

Be careful if you try to climb this. Legend has it that King Kahekili would climb 200 feet up the Kahakuloa Head and then dive into the rough and shallow waters below.

Kahakuloa Head Maui

The summit of Kahakuloa is 646 feet above sea level.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trailhead is easy to find but difficult to reach. From the Nakalele Blowhole, continue along highway 30 until it becomes highway 340. 340 is very narrow in spots but is mostly paved. The trailhead is on the ocean side of the highway after the town of Kahakuloa.


Parking Lot: 20.99848,-156.545691

Kahakuloa Head Summit: 21.000821,-156.545311

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