Hike Frary Peak Trail on Antelope Island

Hike Frary Peak Trail on Antelope Island

Frary Peak Trailhead

Distance

6.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2030 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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.  

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $300/night

The Cliff Lodge

Sandy, Utah

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Excellent early season hike

When most of the Wasatch Front is covered in snow, Frary Peak is one of the first places to clear. In early spring, the grass is emerald green making you wonder if you're hiking the highlands of Scotland.

Views for Days!

This is a challenging hike so know your fitness, but the reward is great, with 360 degree views at the top, and gorgeous scenery along the entire hike. The back country of Antelope Island is gorgeous. At times you'd think you were in New Zealand, or even Africa! So different than down by the water and it's worth the effort to visit. There are several stops and lookout points along the Frary Peak trail, so even if you can't go the whole way, you will get beautiful views of White Rock Bay, and the surrounding mountains to the West and East. In Spring, the wildflowers along this trail are quite beautiful, and there are some cool, old junipers after the Radio Tower. This is an exposed hike, and it is best done in early Spring or Fall, although it's also fun in Winter!

Excellent Day Hike

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.

Distance

6.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2030 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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