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Notch Peak Overlook and Amasa Basin OHV Trail
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Overview
Location

50 Miles west of Delta, Utah

Sights

Notch peak is the 2nd tallest unbroken cliff face in the United States. A grove of the oldest trees on the planet

Distance

25 Miles by ATV 1.5 Miles on foot

Parking Lot Elevation

5200 Feet

Summit Elevation

9654 Feet

Elevation Gain/Loss

4451 ft

Time Required

5-10 hours

Pets

Allowed but not recommended

Fees

No

Water Info

Bring plenty as there is very little natural sources

Best Season

Fall, Spring, Winter

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Mostly in the wide open sun. Partial areas of the OHV trail are wooded

Trail Condition

Moderate OHV Trail. Short but easily followed and steep foot path to the overlook

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Yes

Food

Nearest food is 50 miles away in Delta. Bring snacks and meals as needed.

Equipment

Good hiking shoes, bag for food and water, sunglasses, hat, jacket and another layer

GPS Coordinates

Amasa Basin Trailhead:  39.17066, -113.20846
Trailhead for overlook at Pine Peak: 39.16695, -113.40691


The Trail:

Start out on ATV/Dirt Bike/ Jeep at the Amasa Basin OHV Trailhead. This is a beautiful trail with lots of rock formations, aspen groves, many mines, a 100 foot sinkhole, and the Notch Peak overlook trail.

Amasa Basin OHV Trail (2)

After arriving at the top of Pine Peak on the OHV trail you park and get ready to walk. The view here is fantastic.

Amasa Basin OHV Trail

The walk is not very far. Just over a mile. It has some of the most incredible views I have ever seen. The trail does steadily climb the entire time.

DSC_0017 (2) IMG_1217 Notch Peak (3)

On this trail there are several Great Basin Bristlecone Pines estimated to be 3 to 4 thousand years old. These pines are among the oldest living things on earth. They are very pretty and still look very alive.

Notch Peak (2) Notch Peak (6)o

After you climb through the tree groves we finally got to see what we had come for and it was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Pictures don’t do it any justice. Notch peak is a 2200 foot vertical cliff. Only El Captain in Yosemite is taller in the USA. We will be returning this winter to summit the peak and be able to look down 2200 straight feet.

Notch Peak DSCF1404

Here are a couple of shots of Notch Peak seen from the road below the Sawtooth Range.

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 The Return:

We returned the same way that we had come. I would recommend starting early as we didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to explore and mess around.

 


Personal Thoughts: 

This is one of my favorite sights that I have ever seen. I highly recommend it to anyone that hasn’t been. Winter is going to be when I would choose to go because in the desert it isn’t covered in snow and is a good way to still get out during the winter months.

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About The Author
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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