Rishel Peak

Great Salt Lake + Desert, Utah

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Rishel Peak


  • The hike begins on an unmarked gravel road.- Rishel Peak
  • Signs of past visitors remain scattered among the sage.- Rishel Peak
  • An old oil drum rusts on the flats beneath the peak.- Rishel Peak
  • Climbing up the mountainside provides ever improving views over the land.- Rishel Peak
  • The rocks vary in shape, size, color, and texture.- Rishel Peak
  • Looking west, Pilot Peak dominates the skyline.- Rishel Peak
  • The scramble up to the ridge is rocky and brushy.- Rishel Peak
  • Intriguing life forms exist in the desert.- Rishel Peak
  • The ridge to the summit is a fun and straightforward scramble.- Rishel Peak
  • Lichen injects color into the landscape.- Rishel Peak
  • The mountain's geologic past is in plain view.- Rishel Peak
  • It's possible to see your car from much of the upper mountain.- Rishel Peak
  • Tenacious desert plants frame Pilot Peak.- Rishel Peak
  • This is the place to come for solitude.- Rishel Peak
  • - Rishel Peak
Overview + Weather
Solitude. Easy route-finding.
Gravel roads can be rough or impassable.
Great Salt Lake + Desert, UT
Pets allowed: 
Recommended Equipment:
Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade I
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,430.00 ft (435.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,782.00 ft (1,457.55 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Rishel Peak is one of several highpoints in the Silver Island Mountains that is named after an early 1900s automotive editor at the Salt Lake Tribuner. Why? It is located near the Bonneville Salt Flats, a hotbed for racing activity. Rishel helped get Highway 80 built so that drivers worldwide would be able to push the limits of automotive technology on the salt flats.

Today racers still flock to the salt flats, but the Silver Island Mountains remain hidden in plain view, receiving few visitors each year. Climbing to Rishel's summit is an easy way to experience the quiet of the desert landscape without making a big mountain commitment.

The North Ridge is the simplest and most direct route up to the summit, but the ridge can be accessed in a number of ways. Several gravel roads in various states of disrepair head toward the peak from the main road. Choose any one and start walking. On the way across the broad desert flats, look for signs of human activity. Old trash left behind in the elements turns into works of art after being sculpted and deteriorated by nature.

Lizards thrive in this hot, dry habitat. Watch for them sunning on the rocks and darting from shrub to shrub. Snakes, raptors, and antelope also call this seemingly inhospitable landscape home. If you're really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep.

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