(Deseret Peak Wilderness Area)
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 8.4 miles (loop)
Walking time: 6 3/4 hours
Elevations: 3,613 ft. gain/loss
Trail: Most of the trail is well maintained and easy to follow. A portion of the return path, however, is not well maintained and can occasionally be confusing.
Season: Midsummer through mid-fall. The upper parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from November through late June. For current conditions call the Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, at (801) 943-1794.
Vicinity: Deseret Peak Wilderness Area, west of Salt Lake City
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Most of the western side of
Utah is occupied by an interesting geographical area known as
the Great Basin. The Great Basin is a vast, semiarid desert that
extends from the Wasatch Front, across Nevada, to the Sierra
Nevada mountains of California. The desert is not unbroken, though.
It contains a number of narrow, isolated mountain ranges, running
mostly in a north-south direction and separated by long desert
valleys. The mountain ranges of the Great Basin are of great
interest to evolutionary biologists because of their isolation.
Life has developed in slightly different ways in each of the
secluded ranges, making them ideal natural laboratories for the
study of evolution.
From the Loop Campground the
trail proceeds up South Willow Canyon for 0.7 mile to Mill Fork.
Here the trail splits, with the right fork leading to the Willow
Lakes and the left fork to Deseret Peak. Take the Deseret Peak
fork. For the next 2.3 miles the path meanders up Mill Fork,
realizing an elevation gain of 2,200 feet and finally crossing
the ridge at the head of the valley.
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