What is the Frary you ask? Frary Peak is the highest point on Antelope Island. NOW is the time to take this hike – trust us! Last year when Steve & James (Dad & Brother) did this hike towards the end of summer, it was so blazing hot and there was NO SHADE whatsoever, that they drank their hydration packs dry and were sweating like you wouldn’t believe. We had many friends who did this hike earlier in the summer and the biting gnats were so bad they had to wear hats with nets over their face. As explained by the Rangers on the island even repellent doesn’t repel these beasts so you have to cover up your arms/legs and wear nets on your face. Sooooo….. hike it now because it is well worth the wonderful 360 degree view on the top of the island where you can see a lot of the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, but you want to do it now when it is cooler and no bugs. Bison and many other kinds of animals and birds are often seen along the trail. This hike took about 3 hours to get to the top which was 3.7 miles. This is taking several breaks to rest, so it may not take everyone quite as long.
We would recommend hiking shoes, bug spray (depending on the season), snacks and lots of water. It costs $10 to drive over to Antelope Island because it’s a state park, but this hike is well worth the fee.
DIRECTIONS: From Salt Lake City, take I-15N to exit 332. Head west on Antelope Drive all the way to the Island. Follow the Antelope Island Road south along the east shoreline to the Frary Peak Trailhead road. The trail is well signed. However, when you reach the weather station/cell tower near the peak you will see two paths. Take the path to the right. This will wind its way around the mountain and take you right to the peak. The path to the left looks like it takes you straight across the ridge, and seems shorter, but there is a seven-foot ravine you have to traverse to make it to the peak. If you want to add some real rock-climbing to your hike, give it a shot, otherwise, choose the right! Take the slightly longer and easier trail as the harder, steeper one is not worth the short cut. We will be featuring many more hikes on this blog, some will be easy and some hard, count this as one of the hardest because of the steady elevation gain and rocky conditions. Have fun, get going and Let’s See Utah.
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