Frary Peak Hike
Frary Peak ... or Frary's Peak ... is Antelope Island’s highest peak. And this hike takes you right to the top. It is one of the most challenging of the Antelope Island hiking trails.
Antelope Island State Park is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. Covering 28,463 acres, the island is 15 miles (24 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide at its widest point.
Wildlife viewing opportunities abound in the park with a herd of 600 bison, deer, coyotes and antelope. The many backcountry trails provide fantastic opportunities for wildlife sightings.
Make sure you bring a lot of water, insect repellent, and a hat. And use a lot of sunscreen because there is no shade on this hike! I’ve hiked this one during on an early mid-summer day. You can't carry too much water!
- Round trip is 6.8 miles (10.9 km).
- It took me, my wife, and two of my daughters 4 ½ hours for the entire hike.
- This is a hard hike! I've seen it rated as moderate. We did it on a late-June morning and it was more than moderate. And my wife and I are in real good shape. She had just run a Ragnar.
- The elevation gain is 2,050 feet.
- Dogs aren’t allowed.
- There are no trailhead restrooms.
- The parking lot gate closes at 7 p.m.
- There’s a $9 fee.
- The trail is closed from early April through early June due to the bighorn sheep lambing season.
We saw two bighorn sheep coming up the trail towards us as we were hiking down.
You start this hike almost immediately upon leaving the parking lot. The trail starts straight up right away. Up a grassy hillside. As I said above, there is little or no shade on this hike so come prepared.
There are parts of this hike where the trail is carved into the mountainside. Nothing but two-by-eights secured by two pieces of rebar as steps. There are steep drop-offs.
The views from the top of Frary Peak will take your breath away. And so will the journey.
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