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Volcano Peak

Great Salt Lake + Desert, Utah

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  • In this seemingly desolate wasteland, pockets of wildflowers thrive.- Volcano Peak
  • The trail begins at the end of an unmarked gravel road that may or may not be passable to the end.- Volcano Peak
  • Lizards are abundant along the route.- Volcano Peak
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  • Near the summit there are plenty of fascinating rocks telling the geologic story of the region. - Volcano Peak
  • View of Pilot Peak, right across the Nevada border.- Volcano Peak
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  • From the summit block, look south to see the salt flats and evaporating ponds.- Volcano Peak
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  • Volcano Peak and the Bonneville Salt Flats below.- Volcano Peak
  • The view north from Volcano Peak.- Volcano Peak
  • If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep.- Volcano Peak
  • Returning from the summit of Volcano Peak.- Volcano Peak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Unique geology and wildlife.
Cons: 
Road can be rough or impassable.
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Region:
Great Salt Lake + Desert, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Recommended Equipment:
Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade I
Net Elevation Gain: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,210.00 ft (1,588.01 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Volcano Peak is the southernmost high point in the Silver Island Mountains, a rugged and isolated mountain range near the Bonneville Salt Flats. These quiet and rarely visited mountains are home to numerous species of lizards and birds, and you may also see jackrabbits, coyote, and pronghorn and bighorn sheep. 

Much of the Silver Island Mountain Range is a reminder of ancient Lake Bonneville. Layers of limestone sediment were deposited in the lake over tens of thousands of years. After the great flood and subsequent climate change, the level of the lake dropped significantly, leaving much of the lakebed exposed in the mountains we see today. In addition, lava flows poured on top of some of the the limestone beds, forming Volcano Peak and other geologic features in the range.  

The scramble to Volcano Peak's summit is short and steep. From the end of the road, follow a gravel-filled drainage several hundred vertical feet up toward the summit. Continue directly up the slope to the ridge, staying to the left of the rock cliffs along the way. Look for a chute straight ahead that leads to a notch. There is a short Class I section that must be negotiated in order to gain the summit block from there. At the top, explore the many rock formations to find shiny, green mineral deposits and other interesting signs of volcanic activity. You'll also get a bird's-eye view of the Bonneville Salt Flats nearly a thousand feet below.

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