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Delano Peak - Tushar Mountains - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 18 2021
DixieFlyer
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Delano Peak - Tushar MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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DixieFlyer
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,650 AEG
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This peak has been on my radar screen and I decided to hike it as part of a road trip that I was taking.

It is a steep climb to the summit -- on the order of 1,100 feet of elevation gain per mile.

The weather was pretty lousy, which kept me from enjoying the hike as much as I otherwise would. It was really windy at the summit, and low clouds were moving past me, so I did not stay long at the summit. The views were great from the summit, but with the weather I was not able to enjoy the views.

I had intended to do a loop hike, but with a good chance of storms later in the morning, I decided to return the way that I came up.

I hope to do this one again sometime on a sunny, calm day!
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There were a good number of fleabane still in bloom, but they were well past their prime
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Aug 01 2020
LindaAnn
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Delano Peak - Tushar MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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LindaAnn
Hiking4.76 Miles 1,085 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   1.63 mph
1,085 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Delano Peak seems to be a favorite of everyone, and the forecast today looked perfect, so we headed up to the Tushar Mountains. Rather than taking the official trail, we drove up the road another couple of miles, above Mud Lake, then parked to take a higher route east. This is the same trail we used to finish out our loop last year, and we all enjoyed this ridge.

The trail starts out above timberline and heads east. The first half mile is an old road, and when that ends, the trail continues east. After about a mile, we meandered a bit, looking over the edges for mountain goats. Sure enough, we spotted about 30 of them napping below us. After that, we headed south towards Delano. There is a trail, faint at times, a few cairns, but route finding is obvious, allowing the kids to run around a bit while still heading in the right direction. We curled around the east end of Delano to reach the summit.

After a snack break, we headed down the same way. Again, we wandered around looking for goats. Apparently, we bothered two hipsters who were trying to direct us back to the “trail”. I told him we’d been here before and knew where we were going. He was all upset that we might spook the goats, which we weren’t even near, and I answered with a “So?” He got even more upset, I think the Trump hat one of us in the group was wearing melted his snowflake heart, and they left quickly.

From there, it was an easy mile back to the car. Scenery in the Tushar Mtns is spectacular, so I think we’ll be back next summer for more exploration.
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LindaAnn
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Delano Peak - Tushar MountainsSouthwest, UT
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LindaAnn
Hiking5.98 Miles 1,781 AEG
Hiking5.98 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.49 mph
1,781 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Delano has been on my wishlist for a while now, and I told everyone that of all the potential hikes we could do over the long weekend, this was the only one I insisted we get done. The drive up from Beaver, UT is beautiful. Even if you're not going to hike, just making the drive is awesome. Once we found the trailhead and parked, it was already mid-late morning. No worries, the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky.

The trail starts to head uphill immediately, and is steep, but good footing helps to not make it feel too bad. We slowly and steadily made our way up the mountain, with lots of short breaks for pictures. Plenty of wildflowers and grasshoppers. Getting towards the top, there was still snow in a few places, which the kids played in for a few minutes.

As we neared the false summit, the breeze turned into a wind, and by the time we reached the summit, it was a strong wind. We ducked down into the rocks and out of the wind and took a long break and plenty of pictures. I had noticed another trail on the north side of the peak and suggested (okay, maybe insisted) that we check it out and assured everyone that it would lead to the road. I had no way of knowing this, except an educated guess that that trail had to start somewhere, and since it was traversing near where the road topped out to the west, that it probably led there.

Once I had convinced everyone that we wouldn't die on the tundra, we headed down to pick up that trail. There was still a big section of snow below the summit that we walked around, then picked up the faint trail and headed off to the northwest. At times, the trail was almost non-existent, but we could see it clearly ahead, so just kept aiming towards it. At one saddle, we debated dropping straight down to Poison Creek (short and very steep), or continuing to head towards the road (longer and less steep), finally deciding on the longer option. Mountain goats had appeared behind us where we were probably 15 minutes prior, so we got a few pictures of them in the distance.

As we headed west, the trail met up with and turned into an old road. We followed that old road until it reached FS-123. From here, it was just a walk down the road until we reached the car. Holiday traffic had lots of people out on the road in their four-wheeled toys, and I wasn't thrilled about the kids walking on the road with that amount of traffic, so I told everyone we would walk a short distance down the road to Mud Lake, where they could stop and I would go get the car and pick them up. I walked another mile and a half down the road to the car (very dusty!), then drove back up to get everyone. The kids were happy to cut that mileage off their hike, and I covered that distance pretty quickly, so they got to play at the lake for the 30 minutes or so it took for me to get back to them.

Gorgeous day, and the Tushar Mtns look like they offer a lot of hiking opportunities. I'm looking forward to planning another trip up there for some bigger hikes.
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