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Deep Creek Mountains – Granite Creek Canyon
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Overview
Location

Deep Creek Mountains

Sights

Granite Creek, Mines, Mountains, Granite Formations

Distance

11 miles round trip off the main road

Parking Lot Elevation

5,000

Summit Elevation

7,500

Elevation Gain/Loss

2,500

Time Required

1-3 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

Great creek for filtering water

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Rough 4x4 road

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Mouth of Granite Creek:39.77901N, 113.85195W
Gate at the top:39.79647N, 113.89568W

Driving Directions



The Trail:

The Deeps are south of Wendover and are the tallest range in the West Desert. They rise 7,800 feet from the desert to heights over 12,000 feet. That is higher vertical relief than the Tetons. This is a VERY remote area and only those properly prepared should visit. You need to pack everything to be self sufficient as this isn’t an area you want to break down in and be stranded. With that said the Deep Creeks are one of the most incredible areas I have ever visited. We spent three days and could easily spend three more. Its a gorgeous area with lots of historical relics and buildings to see. Granite Creek Canyon is well signed off the main road and is easily the most visited spot in the Deeps. It sees more people because it is the trail head for hiking Ibapah Peak which is considered a rare Ultra Prominence peak. This area is extremely important to stay on the obviously traveled roads and trails. The area is actively trying to be made into wilderness and was actually recently reopened from the Wilderness Study Area after the locals won a lawsuit showing historical use of the roads in the areas. So far 1.5 miles of Granite Creek is open further than it used to be and it eventually has been ordered to be opened up to the historic Camp Ethel. Juab County still needs to open the last 1.5 miles. It is extremely important that we treat this area with respect so we can all enjoy it for years to come.

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This would be a great place to camp and there were several good spots. The canyon is named because, well there is a lot of granite, and a creek. The granite is very evident before you even get into the canyon.

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The road follows the beautiful and surprisingly powerful Granite Creek. The road even crosses the creek several times.

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The road is beautiful throughout the whole canyon. This road is doable with 4×4 vehicles but you can plan on some brush scratches.

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In the lower reaches of the canyon we found several small mines and the remains of an old mine mill.

The mine is located at:

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As you get further up the canyon the granite formations get bigger and very spectacular.

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There are great views of an 11,000+ foot peak on the south ridge of Ibapah Peak.

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An additional 1.5 miles of this road were re-opened in 2014 after a legal battle. I’m so glad they were because it is beautiful. Eventually an additional 1.5 miles is supposed to be opened to the historic Camp Ethel. As of June 2015 Juab County and the BLM had done no work to open the last 1.5 miles to Camp Ethel. It will be interesting to see how it all works out. Currently the road ends at a beautiful lush meadow that is an amazing place for a picnic. I can’t believe how green these mountains are being surrounded my desolate salt flats.

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The Return:

This is an out and back canyon.

 


Personal Thoughts:

I love the Deep Creeks. It became one of my all time favorite areas and Granite Creek Canyon ended up being an amazing way to spend an afternoon. Be sure to also check out these other canyons in area.

Toms Canyon

Goshute Canyon

Indian Farm Creek

Trout Creek

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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You should have hiked up to Ibapah Peak!!!! You have the advantage of riding your ATV about 2- 3 miles up, then could hike the rest of the way. Such a cool canyon and area. The hike up to the peak was one of the toughest I’ve done but also super rewarding. Nice pics – Alicia @ http://www.girlonahike.com

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