Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir

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Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Chair Peak (6,194 ft, aka "Chair Hill") is a small peak located at Deer Creek Reservoir. It's only 1.2 miles to the summit, but be prepared for a great calf workout. There is no trail to the top, making this a fun route with no "right way". This is a great hike to do year round, or especially when avalanche danger is too high in winter for other major peaks. There's nothing above you to slide, make this very safe. If you choose to hike here in Summer, sunset time is the best time to hike as you get to watch the mountains glow! Though this hike is fairly easy, you get amazing views as the Wasatch Mountains tower over Deer Creek Reservoir. This is a great peak to bag for beginners as well as for kids. Deer Creek does not allow dogs on this trail.
Head South on I-15 and take exit 272. Drive all the way through Provo Canyon, and park at the Wallsburg Group Area (in summer), and in winter across the road at the Park & Ride lot.

If driving from SLC, use this map


Distance: 2.4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 653 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? Yes, for winter it's $7/car, and in summer $10/car during the week; weekends are $15.

Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
In the off season, you'll need to park across the road in the park & ride lot, then walk across. You can immediately see Chair Peak.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
In the summer, you would drive down this and park here instead.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Rules, rules, rules! Thankfully I didn't have Charlie with me on this day, as he was home recovering from his paw injury.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Follow the trail from the parking lot under three large cottonwood trees, then along the shoreline.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
As you make your way around the south side of the hill, start hiking up once you see the small gulley to your right (North). This is where you'll now see a very faint game trail.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
From here, just aim up!
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
The calves are working hard up this hill! Be careful, I was surprise how many cactus I saw!
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Whew! That was a good, quick workout. 
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
The views are SO pretty from Chair Peak! That big peak in the distance is Mt.Timpanogos.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Lounging on the "couch". Chair Peak is very similar to SLC's Living Room hike, where rocks are stacked to make "chairs" view an amazing view.
Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Enjoying a break on the "throne"!

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My "trail" to the summit.




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