Salt Lake City: Deseret Peak Loop

You'll climb a stiff 3,600 feet on this 7.8-mile loop, but gain extraordinary views of the high desert, Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake.
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You'll climb a stiff 3,600 feet on this 7.8-mile loop, but gain extraordinary views of the high desert, Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.9

Waypoints

DPL001

Location: 40.482994, -112.606697

Trailhead located @ SW corner of campground

DPL002

Location: 40.476856, -112.613586

Veer R @ jct.; big views begin

DPL003

Location: 40.473347, -112.618416

Stream crossing; trail turns N and climbs up a steep bank on the way to Pockets Fork

DPL004

Location: 40.48111, -112.621658

Willow Lakes Junction; turn L and climb 1,030 ft. to saddle

DPL005

Location: 40.478291, -112.630096

Turn S; follow obvious ridgeline instead of poorly marked trail

DPL006

Location: 40.468906, -112.628624

Look N (300 degrees) to see where the original Donner Party trail cut across Skull Valley toward Pilot Peak on the UT/NV border

DPL007

Location: 40.45945, -112.626366

Deseret Peak (11,031 ft.): 360-degree views extend 100 mi. and include the Great Salt Lake, Salt Flats, Stansbury Island and the Wasatch Front; descend down the ridge to the SE

DPL008

Location: 40.45694, -112.614601

Turn L @ 4-way and drop into Mill Fork Canyon; stay on the switchbacks

DPL009

Location: 40.46793, -112.609428

Cross the usually dry bed of Mill Fork Creek; head NNW

DPL010

Location: 40.476849, -112.613579

Turn R and retrace first leg .7 mi. back to trailhead