Hike Frary Peak Trail on Antelope Island

Frary Peak Trailhead, Davis County, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2030 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

Sublime hike to the top of Antelope Island with great opportunities to photograph and relax among the unique scenic backdrop of The Great Salt Lake and multiple species of wildlife.  

The Frary peak trail is the highest point of Antelope Island and can be found a short drive off of I-15 north on Antelope Drive near Layton. There is a fee to access the island, but well worth it. When you get to the island, head left along the east side of the island toward Fielding Garr Ranch. The Frary Peak trailhead is ~5 miles down the road, with plenty of signs to guide the way. You will turn right onto a dirt road and travel to an upper level of the island for the trailhead. 

The trailhead is a big gravel lot with two trails located at the base near the south side. Take the upper trail to the right. There is some good incline to start the hike, but does flattens out about .5 mile up. At this point you will hit the Dooly Knob junction. The right fork heads to the other side of the island, but your journey will take you on the left fork. 

A mile in is where I was able to see 2 different buffalo, one of which was right off the trail. Take caution when trying to photograph these animals as buffalo can be aggressive and charge you. At 1.3 miles the trail passes under a set of boulders/cave, which is a nice change of pace and provides some shade on a hot day. From here you will have steady incline with switchbacks until you hit the next ridge. Here it again flattens out for more photograph opportunities, before another small incline that takes you to a great outlook of the surrounding area. At about 2.7 miles in you will arrive at another ridge for views of The Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Front. 

At the top there are a couple radio towers. From here Frary peak is only about another .5 mile in. There are 2 trails to the top and I took the left route, which was a little rocky and would recommend the right trail for beginners. This peak offers a scenic backdrop unlike anything else you will probably see in the Intermountain West with islands and mountains that make you feel like you were transported to another time and place. 

***Note: Advise that hikers attempt this trail in the late fall/early winter or late winter/early spring, with bugs and heat being unbearable at times during other seasons.  

Pack List

  • Daypack 
  • Plenty of Water
  • Food 
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camera
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Started this hike early one morning and was back down by around lunch. It has a bit of everything: challenge, views, valleys, scrambling, and wildlife. Saw a bighorn sheep scoot down the ridge like nothing. But the best part was coming around a turn and being face to face with a Buffalo. Those things are amazing and terrifying! Good hike if your in the SLC area.

about 16 hours ago
about 16 hours ago

I am traveling the country with my dog and we camped a few nights in Antelope State Park. This hike will KICK YOUR BUTT, but the views at the top will leave you with the best reward. Also, no bugs in November and the weather was perfect.

4 months ago
4 months ago

this hike is awesome, yes it hurts and is very long, but the view you get from the top is stunning. I would say try to do it earlier in the day, I went in the afternoon and it got pretty hot out in the sun. I love this hike though, I recommend it if you want to get in some good exercise with a killer view at the end :)

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Brandon Hentkowski

This world is a better place the more people get outside and take care of where we live. I currently reside in SLC, Utah and enjoy most things outdoors related. My interests are mainly in the Uinta and Wasatch mountains, but also explore many different areas.

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