Ascent of Deseret Peak on 2013-07-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Deseret Peak
    Elevation:11031 ft / 3362 m

Ascent Trip Report

TH 0849, summit 1037-1113, N peak 1243, TH 1409, 5h20, 9 mi. Loop plus North peak

Fairly late start after yesterdays drive from Mount Ellen. Email exchange last night, San Diego posse are in Utah and doing Flat Top on Sun so I decide to join them, so do Deseret today on its own.

Loop Trailhead easily found as per Petter Bjorstad's directions, highway 138 into Grantsville, L at N40.59973 W112.47749, R at N40.52928 W112.49926, trailhead in 7 miles, at end of dirt road, N40.48291 W112.60675. At 8.30 car park already nearly full, plenty folk starting up trail although few seen on summit loop.

Nice cool start, in shade, half mile of trail in forest, cross stream, keep L, on far bank fork L N40.47703 W112.61354, signposted Deseret Peak. Trail traverses L then climbs R up wide reentrant, flowery meadows alternating with shady woodland. Final steep braided zigzags to ridge (minor saddle, N40.45706 W112.61464, 3057m) then obvious turn R and follow trail up ridge to summit.

Summit (N40.45956 W112.62634, 3357m, rock outcrop) fairly compact, junction of 3 ridges, 2 USGS bench marks in outcrops. 4 guys with radio and signal mirrors making contact with as many other summits/vantage points as they can, annual scouting event. Hazy, I see Timpanogos, Flat Top, just about Nebo. Great Salt Lake dominant with its extensive salty margins, level is very low at present I'm told.

Head down N ridge, chat to 3 or 4 parties coming up. Pass a saddle; 2nd saddle N40.47346 W112.62914 is prom col for north peak, seems to have path descending E thru grass, might be a shortcut down. Main trail continues N, descending steeply through a rock band (YDS 2+ briefly) then small ascent to 3rd saddle (N40.47832 W112.63004).

I head up north peak, loose quartzite, intermittent trail. Minor P10 bump crossed then easier gradient to stony summit (N40.48622 W112.63012, 3253m), a P1k. Sit awhile in hot sun, butterflies, drone of flies. In descent it's easy to go too far R on fall line - keep L, closer to edge and look out for trail.

Back at saddle (cairn), easily down zigzag trail E into Pocket Fork, at signpost (N40.48194 W112.62380) turn R, good trail zigzags down, crosses a few small streams, descends to the signed fork by stream crossing half a mile from trailhead.

Another lovely Utah ascent. Relax awhile at trailhead catching up on trip reporting then down to Vernon (gasoline) to meet the San Diego posse, Mark Adrian, Richard Carey and Shelley Rodgers. We plan Flat Top Mountain tomorrow.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4686 ft / 1428 m
    Elevation Loss:4686 ft / 1428 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3603 ft / 1098 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Trailhead:7428 ft / 2264 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4686 ft / 1428 m
    Extra Gain:1083 ft / 330 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Trailhead:7428 ft / 2264 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 
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