Deep Creek Mountains
Granite Creek, Mines, Mountains, Granite Formations
11 miles round trip off the main road
Great creek for filtering water
Rough 4x4 road
Mouth of Granite Creek:39.77901N, 113.85195W
Gate at the top:39.79647N, 113.89568W
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.
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.
The road follows the beautiful and surprisingly powerful Granite Creek. The road even crosses the creek several times.
The road is beautiful throughout the whole canyon. This road is doable with 4×4 vehicles but you can plan on some brush scratches.
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:
As you get further up the canyon the granite formations get bigger and very spectacular.
There are great views of an 11,000+ foot peak on the south ridge of Ibapah Peak.
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.
This is an out and back canyon.
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.