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Willard Pictographs
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Overview
Location

Willard, Utah

Sights

Fremont Pictographs

Distance

2 Miles Round Trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4,302

Summit Elevation

5,076

Elevation Gain/Loss

770

Time Required

2 Hours

Best Season

Any

Trail Condition

Mostly bushwhacking and rock hopping. There is no established trail.

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The Trail:

I had heard of these pictographs but had no idea where to find them as everyone is tight lipped and wants money to tell you where they are at. I love pictographs and they always fascinate me so I found a video of them and matched up some landmarks I could see and started hiking. Lucky for me they were at the first place I looked. Please show the utmost care for this site as you can see areas where people have scratched at some. There are some really dumb people out there. Thankfully its a brutal enough hike that I don’t see a ton of people going just to vandalize. These pictographs were really cool. They were made by the Fremont Indians and are dated between the years 1000-1300. There are two areas with different painting all over and I’m sure there are plenty that I missed as well. Most are very hard to see any more since they are faded or washed out but still very cool to see. To get there I parked right on the highway in Willard and started walking straight uphill. A lot of it is very steep. A lot of the hike is spent hiking on this kind of stuff which is pretty terrible. You gain almost 800 feet most of it in about a half mile worth of walking. If you could find an access point you could do a lot of the hike on the Willard canal road.

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I took this photo on the last stretch that is very steep to show how miserable the hiking is. Haha. Don’t worry it is well worth it.

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Once at the spot you can see the famous Willard spires above you. These are gorgeous and very rugged mountains.

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Here are some of the highlights of the paintings I saw that you can more or less see all of. Remember not to touch and to enjoy!

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The view from site 2 is really pretty since it is in a large alcove.

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The Return:

Return the way you came. I was treated to an amazing sunset over Willard Bay on my way down.

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Personal Thoughts:

These are the biggest or grandest pictographs out there but they are almost 1000 years old and close to home and I thought they were really amazing to see and well worth everyone’s time.

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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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Jacque
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My dad grew up in Willard and discovered this with his brother when they were just young boys. They kept it a secret between them. When I was 13 my father led me up the path he and his brother had traveled so many times. I stood endlessly fascinated with this discovery. PLEASE respect this location, it is very important to me, members of my family, and many others.

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