“A hike to the highest point on Antelope Island with 360-degree views of the whole Great Salt Lake.”
— Danielle Cookie
Views · Wildlife
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and December 5th.
The trail winds across a few ridges and ends at Frary Peak, the highest spot on Antelope Island at 6,596 feet above sea level. At the top, there is a stunning 360-degree view of the whole Great Salt Lake and Valley. This trail is exposed to the sun the entire way so water and sunscreen are necessary. There are also biting flies as you get halfway up the trail, so long sleeves and/or head nets are beneficial.
Need to Know
There is an entrance fee for Antelope Island and if it's early in the morning, you'll pay your fee with cash and leave it in the fee box.
From the parking lot, the trail immediately makes a steep climb to the top of one of the ridges. At .7 miles, you'll come to a fork - the Frary Peak Trail continues straight and the Dooley Knob Trail goes to the right. After reaching that sign, the trail levels out a bit with only some slight uphill stretches.
Around the 1 mile mark, there is an open expanse with large boulders that you hike through, and the trail becomes quite steep again after passing through the last boulder. The trail winds around the mountain, and there are some slight inclines followed by a few steep passes again.
Around 3.0 miles, you'll reach the top of one of the peaks with a large antennae. It's a good place to rest if the flies aren't too active. Once you pass the antennae, there are two trails; the one that goes straight goes directly over the ridge and through boulders but it has been blocked off and should not be taken. The trail that goes slightly off to the right will dip down slightly and then continue up and around the mountain. This part of the trail is primitive and is very narrow with loose dirt and gravel so care should be taken while navigating this stretch.
Once you reach the backside of the mountain, there are a few switchbacks which will take you directly to the top. At it's highest point there are two markers from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1892 and 1963 and there are some unparalleled views of the Great Salt Lake and Valley.
Flora & Fauna
The flies biting and non-biting can be overwhelming. You may be lucky and see some antelope or bison roaming around.