Frary Peak - Antelope Island State Park
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 1/2 miles one way
  • Travel Time: 2-3 hours one way
  • Elevation: 2100 ft gain
  • Trailhead GPS Coordinates:
  • 40º 59' 37"N, 112º 12' 09"W
  • Destination GPS Coordinates:
  • 40º 57' 43"N, 112º 12' 58"W
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Frary Peak is the highest point on Antelope Island in Utah's Great Salt Lake.  It is named after George Frary, one of the original homesteaders on the Island in the late 1800s.  The Peak offers magnificent views of the Wasatch Front and the Great Salt Lake.  Watch out for buffalo, deer and big horned sheep on your way up.

The best time to climb Frary Peak is in the Spring or Fall when the temperatures are cooler. During the summer the temperatures get into the 100's and the trail doesn't have any cover.

To get to the Island from I-15 take exit 332 (Antelope Dr.) in Layton and head west.  The Park gate is on the east shore of the lake before you cross the causeway. In 2009 the entrance fee was $9.00.  The causeway is 6 1/2 miles long.  Once you get on the Island, follow the signs to the "Ranch".  You'll need to stay to the left so that you'll be on the East side of the Island.  Head south, after about 5 miles you'll turn right up a small road marked "Frary Peak Trailhead".  The trail head is at the end of this short road.

The first section of the trail heads west up to the top of the Island's ridge.  After about 3/4 of a mile you come to a trail junction.  The trail to the right will take you to Dooly Knob, about 1/2 mile to the North of the junction.  Frary Peak is to the south.  From the junction, the trail heads south and makes its way over to the west side of the island.  For the rest of the hike it will follow the ridge and snake its way back and forth from east side to west side.

About 1/2 mile from the summit the trail reaches a radio tower on a false summit.  The trail drops down and then you'll have to climb back up to reach the summit.

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