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.

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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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Explore the family friendly Lisa Falls

Tom’s experience hiking to Lisa Falls:

Lisa Falls is a multitiered waterfall up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City. Lisa Falls Hike

The trail up to the waterfall is very short, about .11 miles from the parking area. However, the trail to the falls is pretty steep.

Salt Lake City Lisa Falls

You must cross the stream to get to the waterfall so either wear shoes that can get wet or be prepared to jump across rocks.

Hike Lisa Falls

It really wasn’t too hard to keep your feet dry on this hike. The waterfall is pretty neat and has at least two tiers.

Lisa Falls Waterfall

The river itself is also very pretty as it flows along the granite rocks. You can climb up to the top of Lisa Falls if you climb up the left hand side as you are looking at the waterfall.

Lisa Falls Salt Lake City

It isn’t too difficult but it is dangerous. Dogs are not allowed up Little Cottonwood Canyon or on this hike.

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Trail Info: The Lisa Falls trailhead isn’t marked but isn’t too difficult to find. At the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon you will drive up canyon for 2.7 miles. There will be a small parking lot on the right side of the road and another small parking lot on the left hand side of the road. The trail starts on the left hand side so if you can park there thats awesome. The trail is pretty easy to see. When we went it was pretty crowded and easy to find.


Parking Lot: 40.572686,-111.726503

Lisa Falls:  40.572724,-111.727681

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