Millard County, Utah

Hike Notch Peak

3.5 Miles Total - 2200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Alex Barkan

Notch Peak is located in Utah's west desert and is the 2nd Highest pure vertical drop in the U.S., at 2,200ft, behind El Capitan at 2,950. It is located in one of Utah's most remote areas, and provides truly isolated camping.

To access the trailhead you need a full size SUV or off-road vehicle. From the trailhead this hike is 3.5 miles each way, and follows the bottom of Sawtooth Canyon for most of it's duration. The Notch Peak trailhead is well established and starts along a wide gravel path into the first canyon. After about 5-7 minutes of walking you will encounter a major junction marked by a rock cairn, you will fork to the left at this junction and enter Sawtooth Canyon. The trail follows the bottom of Sawtooth canyon for about 3 miles up to a saddle. The trail is for the most part well established and marked by rock cairns, but if you loose it, just continue up the canyon to the saddle. The hike is intermediate in difficulty, there are several rock scrambles and small (5-7ft) climbs up dried up waterfalls. If you are not capable of these climbs, you can hike up gentle slopes out of the canyon and around them, just be sure to stay with the canyon, and re-enter is before you lose it. After about 2 miles, you will reach another junction in the canyon, again marked by rock cairns, again keep left and follow it up to the saddle to your left. From that saddle, hike to your left (south), up the gentle slopes to the true peak which is also marked by a rock cairn, and a USGS marker.

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about 3 years ago

Moderate hike with rad views

The trail is really moderate until the final push to the saddle and then again to the summit. I went with my brother, sister-in-law, their dog, and their one-year old baby (carried in a backpack, of course). So, clearly, it is not a really strenuous hike. It was really desolate, but the view from the top is really cool. Not only can you see the lake bed of Lake Sevier, and nearby Ibex, but you can also see many snow-capped mountain ranges in every direction. Looking over the 2,000' ft drop was also a rather crazy experience. Highly recommend doing this hike! You can also camp there and see the coolest night skies in a really isolated part of Utah.

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