26 August 2021
Discover Trails in Davis: Frary Peak
by Miri Gubler with Discover Davis
Frary Peak is the highest point on Antelope Island and offers spectacular views of the Island, the Great Salt Lake, and other geological and marshy features sure to delight your eye from the unique desert landscape.
Although 6,520 feet is a little guy here in Utah, you’ll still be in for a good hike with a 2,335-foot elevation gain and a 6.9-mile, out-and-back trek. Even when the valley is a little hazy, the views are stunning and uniquely beautiful in every direction that will ignite your sense of wonder.
Did you know?
Frary Peak is the highest point on Antelope Island at 6,520 feet!
- Difficulty: Hard & Strenuous
- Distance: 6.9-miles
- Elevation Gain: 2,335 feet
- Time: 3-5 hours
- Trail Type: Dirt, gravel, rock
- Fees: $15 State Park fee (the causeway fee is included with your entrance fee unless you have a Utah State Parks Pass, which won’t cover the $2 causeway fee)
- Park Hours:
- Summer 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Winter 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Dogs: Allowed
- Parking: Lot at trailhead
- Restroom: Just before trailhead
- Trailhead Coordinates: 40.9936944, -112.2047443
This hike is quite challenging and strenuous, but even if you’re not an avid hiker it’s still doable, just give yourself plenty of breaks for water and rest and plan on an extra hour or so of hiking time. If the weather is great, we suggest adding more time to hang out at the peak. There is little to no shade on this trail so come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, at least 2 liters of water, snacks, and always bug spray. We’d recommend hiking poles due to the steep grade, although we did it without them and survived, we envied passersby that remembered to bring theirs. Another recommendation is to pack a lunch and leave early. Start no later than 8:30 am, that way you can take a long, hard-earned break at the summit to eat lunch and enjoy the views.
The trail is easy to follow and clearly marked. Once you reach the ridgeline, you can choose your own adventure on the last stretch to the peak: either scramble on all fours over the rocky ridge (which is not a designated trail or easy route – use only if you’re confident and unafraid of heights) or you can follow the trail off to the right on the west side that has a slight elevation drop before a climb up to the peak.
Whilst at the top, you’ll want to make sure you sign their summit book so you can memorialize your harrowing journey to the top, brag about the cool stuff you saw, write a poem inspired by the vista, or just use it as a platform to ask for more bison.
Don’t forget to sign the summit book to document your harrowing adventure to the peak!