Nature September 20, 2017
This Underappreciated Trail In Utah Should Be On Your Bucket List This Fall
Utah has some pretty impressive peaks to climb, but here’s one that’s often overlooked. To find this trail, you’ll head to Delta…then west. Check it out!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Notch Peak is located in a remote part of Utah that's seldom visited. You'll find it 40 miles west of Delta, in the House Range.
From a distance, you can see why they call this peak "Notch Peak." Note the notch just to the left of the highest part of the peak in this photo.
The trailhead starts in Sawtooth Canyon. The entire trail is just under seven miles, out and back and it's considered a moderate hike. You'll climb a total of 2,572 feet in elevation.
Fall is the perfect time for this hike. The cooler temperatures make for a much more pleasant trek, but hopefully the area isn't yet blanketed with snow.
This part of the Beehive State is very remote.
Make sure you have plenty of gas, water and a spare tire before making the drive. Hike with plenty of water and make sure to either hike with friends or tell someone at home your hiking itinerary and when you plan to return.
This is said to be the second highest vertical drop in the United States (coming in after El Capitan in Yosemite National Park).
There's some debate about that claim, depending on how "vertical drop" is measured, but one look at this sheer cliff, and you'll be likely to agree.
The bristlecone pines that grow right off the sides of the mountain are between 3,000 and 4,000 years old.
The summit stands at 9,658 elevation.
Standing at the top of this peak, with no one else in sight, you might feel like the only human on the planet!
Have you hiked Notch Peak? Tell us about your experience!
If you’re ready to tackle another mountain, try Mount Timpanogos. You can read about our
two-day hike here.