|Deseret Peak Via Mill Fork Trail
Length: 7 miles out and back
Description: This hike ascends the 11,031 ft summit of Deseret Peak, in the Stansbury Mountains west of Salt Lake City. This is one of the most scenic and enjoyable of the accessible peaks close to Utah's populous Wasatch Front.
The Standbury Mountains are on edge of the west desert and do not draw nearly as many hikers as the Wasatch Mountains. As you drive toward the trailhead, lowland desert sagebrush gives way to lush lush alpine forest.
South Willow Creek Canyon Turnoff
To reach the trailhead, drive I-80 west from Salt Lake City to Grantsville. Drive Main Street to the west side of Grantsville and then south along the edge of the mountains. The South Willow Creek Canyon Road is clearly signed and easy to find. Follow it west into the canyon.
Loop Campground Trailhead
The trail starts from Loop Campground, at the top of South Willow Creek Canyon. An improved dirt road leads to the campground.
The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. You hike through a beautiful forest and meadows full of wildflowers. From the top, views are incredible in 360 degrees. You see out over the Great Salt Lake, Tooele Valley, the Stansbury and Oquriah mountains, the west desert and the Salt Flats.