Hike Mt. Magog

5 miles 1702 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Remington Hercules

Take in fantastic panoramic views from this very distinct peak in Northern Utah. There's also plenty of rock climbing opportunities with multiple peaks to climb.

Mt. Magog is one of the most visually striking mountains in the Bear River range. With its very rocky peak being visible from Tony Grove, it is often photographed, but rarely ever hiked. It is rarely hiked because there is not actually an official trail that goes to the summit. This makes the hike very burdensome and steep, but the views at the top are incredible. The peak is made up of several large limestone boulders, surrounded by sheer cliffs on the North and East sides of the peak. This mountain peak feels like something out of the Himalayas. 

Starting at Tony Grove, follow the White Pine Lake trail for about a mile until the trail hits a "T". At this "T", take the left trail, which eventually goes on to Naomi Peak. This trail is not used too often and is a bit overgrown. This trail runs along the South Ridge of Magog, so just leave the trail and aim for the highest point on the ridge. The peak will often be visible to you, so this makes navigating fairly simple. As you move up the ridge, there are 2 smaller peaks along the way that are a nice little climb and both offer very good views. The way up can get very rocky and slippery at times, so be prepared for strenuous conditions. As you get to the base of the peak, you will be full on rock climbing, so be careful not to slip. The last little bit is a scramble up a rocky gully that is right near the top. This is about the last 50 feet to the top. From the top, take in the views of pretty much every major peak in the Bear River Mountains, along with views of Tony Grove and White Pine Lake. Magog is typically not hiked simply because it is not a very accessible mountain peak, but blazing your own trail and summiting this peak certainly brings a sense of accomplishment. On the way back down, take it slow and walk down along the South ridge. Do not go back down in the dark, as this can turn very dangerous and risky due to the steep incline and indistinct trail.

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about 1 month ago

Mt Magog

Excellent spot! Was all alone on the summit yesterday despite the filling parking lot at 6:30am. As the description states, this is a scramble up the southwest face; but the approach can be reached most easily from the minor ridgeline connecting Magog to the main Naomi ridgeline. Or, if you’re out for an adventure, route-find your way from the south up from the main mt Naomi trail. The sheer easern face can easily be bypassed by approaching from the southeast as well, though I don’t recommend returning that way. The down climbs are steeply terraced.

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