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Delano Peak - Tushar Mountains, UT

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,514 feet
Elevation Gain 1,681 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,687 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.22
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27  2019-09-01 LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 359
Photos 2,338
Trips 966 map ( 7,176 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Late Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  7:16am - 5:14pm
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Double county highpoints
by LindaAnn

Overview:
Short, but steep, trail to the highpoint of the Tushar range, and the county highpoint of both Beaver and Piute counties.


Hike:
The hike begins on the east side of FS-123. It is not well marked, there are a couple of signs prohibiting motor vehicles, but nothing really indicating this is the trail to Delano Peak. There is a well worn trail heading southeast up from the road. About 100' into the hike, there is another sign marked Fishlake Trail.

After a short distance heading southeast, the trail turns to the east and begins to head steeply uphill. This is the theme of the hike--straight uphill up the western slope of Delano. Assuming there is no snow, the mountainside is covered in grass and tundra, and the trail is well defined most of the time. The trail is initially an old Jeep trail for the first half of the hike, although evidence of that has faded with time. You will quickly hike above the timberline as the trail continues uphill. Views in all directions are spectacular, and as you gain elevation, you can even see Wheeler Peak in Great Basin far to your west.

Shortly after passing a few remaining old fence posts, the Jeep trail fades, and the trail becomes single track as it winds up through the rocks. While most of the other peaks in the area are talus slopes (be sure to admire the views of Mt Belknap and Mt Baldy behind your left shoulder), Delano is mostly soil covered, with very little talus. In late summer, the slopes have an abundance of wildflowers. In a few areas, the trail fades slightly; just keep heading uphill and you will pick it up again. There are a handful of cairns along the trail as well on the upper half of the hike.

As you are nearing the summit, the trail fades away for a while. Continue uphill, possibly spotting a cairn here and there. Just as you are topping out, you realize it's a false summit. No need to be disappointed, the true summit is just a short distance away to your right. The trail becomes more defined again for these last few moments to the summit, and the views to the east open up as well. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, as they do inhabit the range.

There is a large sign at the summit, and a mailbox as well. There are some places to sit among the rocks up top and take in the amazing views in all directions. Once done, you can take the same trail back downhill, or loop around to the north and west on a trail visible in the distance until it reaches FS-123, then following FS-123 back downhill 1.50 miles to your car.

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2019-09-04 LindaAnn

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    To hike
    From Beaver, UT take SR-153 east for 16.3 miles. Shortly after milepost 16, turn left on FS-123 (Big John Flat Rd). Stay north on FS-123 for approx 5.5 miles to the beginning of the trail. There are a couple of places to park along the road immediately past the trail start, or drive another 500'-600' past the trail start to a small pulloff that can fit 2-3 vehicles. If you reach Poison Creek (signed), you have driven too far and need to backtrack a quarter-mile or so.

    FS-123 is dirt, and can be driven to the trailhead in a sedan if dry, although it would be rough in a couple of spots.
    page created by LindaAnn on Sep 04 2019 6:39 pm
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