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Deseret Peak - Stansbury Mountains
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Deseret Peak - Stansbury MountainsSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2014
PatrickL
Hiking8.30 Miles 3,700 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.66 mph
3,700 ft AEG      44 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Overslept (again? shocking) and made the hour drive from Vernon Reservoir to the Stansbury Mountains. I wanted to hit this from Medina Flat TH to add some extra elevation gain but I knew the clouds were going to grow so I opted for the more direct approach. Once I neared the summit I noticed a really big and gloomy cloud floating overhead. I figured that was it and turned around. A tenth of a mile down the trail I stopped to see where the cloud would go since the others had drifted over the valley. Sure enough, the big guy continued out and over the valley, so I turned back around and started up the trail again.

I reached the saddle and was met with some serious crosswinds. I fought with them to get some pictures before heading up the last stretch to the peak. I kept a stubborn pace here between rushing to beat the grayer clouds and resting to catch my breath from rushing so much. Beyond the several false summits, I hit Deseret and took a few photos and checked out the two remaining benchmarks before heading back down. The views of the Stansbury Mountains alone were wonderful, and then you add in the distant ranges and Great Salt Lake, it's off the charts. Battled the winds once again most of the way down until I was below the saddle.

Drove out to Great Salt Lake Marina afterwards to kill some time before driving to Ophir for the next day's hike.
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