|The seasonal closure of the access road forces Zosia to walk an extra kilometre (plus about 80 metres elevation gain) to get to the actual trailhead.|
|Zosia reads the information board at the actual trailhead (1376 metres).|
Sonny hikes along a good trail up a grassy slope.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
|Elephant Head is a prominent hill on the west side of Antelope Island. The snowy mountain on the horizon at centre is Pilot Peak which is actually on the Nevada side of the state border.|
|Zosia approaches Dooly Knob from the south.|
|Sonny and Zosia stand on the summit of Dooly Knob (1607 metres).|
Here is a more comprehensive view of Elephant Head and part of Great Salt Lake from the top of Dooly Knob.
|The broad summit of Beacon Knob is at centre in this view to the north. A herd of bison can be seen at left roaming the island's grasslands.|
Some notable peaks visible to the northeast across Farmington Bay include Willard Peak, Ben Lomond (both on left horizon) and Mount Ogden (right of centre).
The view to the south includes Frary Peak (centre) and Stringham Peak (right of centre).
Back at the junction after returning from Dooly Knob, Zosia and I resumed our ascent of Frary Peak. The trail swings to the west here and goes through a short tunnel among some boulders before climbing steadily up the ridge. Zosia donned her cleats to climb up some icy spots near the boulders, but I managed just fine with my tattered North Face shoes. We encountered more snow higher up the ridge, but thankfully, the passage of previous hikers saved us the trouble of route-finding and breaking trail. We eventually bypassed another named summit--Stringham Peak--before gaining the ridge crest and arriving at an antenna with a view of the final approach to the top of Frary Peak. Two different routes exist here. The ridge beyond the antenna is a Class 3 scramble with mild exposure while the official trail dips slightly and traverses across the northwest face before winding up the south side of the summit. On this day, the presence of snow made both routes look spicier than normal, and in the end, we opted to stick with the less technical official trail. Although the snow-covered trail was already broken, some parts of the northwest face are unnervingly steep, and I would have felt more at ease with an ice axe in hand. Fortunately, we made it across without any slips, and shortly after, we were standing on the highest point of Antelope Island.
|The trail to Frary Peak goes through a short tunnel.|
|The trail winds its way up a series of successively higher bumps. The highest bump right of centre is Stringham Peak.|
|The trail heads left here and bypasses the top of Stringham Peak.|
|Zosia hikes along the ridge crest and approaches an antenna visible at far left.|
The route along the left-hand ridge is a Class 3 scramble while the official trail traverses across the steep northwest face and goes over the right-hand ridge.
|Zosia begins the traverse across Frary Peak's northwest face.|
|Past all difficulties, Zosia climbs up the last few metres before the top.|
|Zosia and Sonny stand on the summit of Frary Peak (2005 metres), the highest point on Antelope Island.|
Across the southern half of Great Salt Lake are the Oquirrh Mountains (left) and the Stansbury Mountains (right).
|To the southwest, Stansbury Island is the second largest island within Great Salt Lake.|
|This is the northern half of Antelope Island as viewed from the summit of Frary Peak.|
|This is the southern half of Antelope Island as viewed from the summit of Frary Peak.|
|Here is one last look at the top of Frary Peak.|
|Zosia hikes toward Stringham Peak.|
|Zosia and Sonny stand on the summit of Stringham Peak (1935 metres).||Here is the northern end of Antelope Island as viewed from the top of Stringham Peak. Dooly Knob is visible at far right.|
|Zosia takes a shortcut down the east slope of Stringham Peak. A couple of hikers can be seen coming up the trail below.|
Distance: 14.8 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 5 hours 55 minutes
Total Elevation Gain: 914 metres