The Stansbury Mountains start at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake and continue south. Deseret Peak is the highest point on the range. The summit is one of several other bumps along this point of the range. The summit itself is not very big, and there was at one time a shelter made from the rocks on the summit. The wind can be very strong at times. To the east, you get a great view of the Oquirrh Mountains. To the north you see the Great Salt Lake and the northern Wasatch Range. To the south and west, the expanse of the Great Basin and the various ranges on into Nevada. This is a designated wilderness area of 25,500 acres, and it is wild still despite the increasing recreational activity in the area. Bobcat, mountain lion, and deer frequet this area as well. The range was named after Capt. Howard Stansbury, who surveyed the Great Salt Lake in 1850. The Mormon pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, named the area "Deseret". In the Book of Mormon, the word deseret means honeybee. Historians believe the the peak was named by a mormon pioneer as they worked to tame the surrounding country in the mid-eighteen hundreds.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Salt Lake Intl|
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 6 trip reports for Deseret Peak.
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- Log #20020 - by Layne E. Wilson on Sep 27, 2006This peak is a fairly easy hike compared to some on the nearby Wasatch Front. Round Trip hiking time is about 6 hours. This hike offer spectacular forest views, deer, and alpine with a 360 Degree...
- Log #17027 - by Jake Emery on Sep 28, 2003We left the trailhead at 7:00 a.m. My buddy and I were the first hikers on the trail that day, and the first to summit. We reached summit about 11:00 a.m., and stayed there for about 40 minutes.
- Log #17028 - by Bart Hamatake on Aug 18, 2003I have lived in the shadow of Deseret Peak all my life. My first summit was as a boy scout in the early 70's and continued through my teens including some failed winter attempts. As an adult I've...
- Log #17029 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003Camped near summit in December. 4 degrees in morning.
- Log #17030 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003I first climbed it when I was 8 years old. It is a nice winter ascent too, very scenic.
- Log #17031 - by
Eric Maughan on Dec 08, 2002This was the hike that got me hooked on peakbagging. I hiked it with my two nephews and it was quite a day. We started on the trail around 8 am. It was a chilly fall morning.