Hiking to the Willard Fin

Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
The Willard Fin (6,579 ft) is a prominent feature along the foothills above Willard, UT. There are so many mines in the area, that the Fin also has the nickname of "lightning rock", for the amount of high metal content under it in the earth. Besides that, the Fin offers a great hike with amazing views all around. Willard Bay to the West, Willard Canyon below, and Grizzly Peak to the East. There is nothing technical about this hike, so it's great to bag a fairly easy peak. The best time of year to hike this is Spring and Fall. Summer is extremely hot with no water or shade. Even in April, Charlie was too hot so make sure you start early to beat the heat and bring plenty of water and sunblock. 

From SLC, head north on I-15 and take exit 357 for 750 N in Willard, UT. Turn right and drive 1.1 miles, past the only light, to where the road turns to gravel, and turn right. Make sure you park south of the corner house, at the pullout on the right side. Here's a driving map


Distance: 6.6 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2,000 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash (beware of dirt bikes)
Kid friendly? No
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
 Start by walking up the dirt road from the parking area, and follow it North. Pick what looks like a good spot, and hike up to the next ledge.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Now you should be following the aqueduct North. Follow this until you reach the dam, and cross the water. After you cross the small dam, hike up to meet the old ATV road/trail.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
 Now you should be on the trail! Follow the trail as it continues in a NE direction for about 2 miles.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Hiking through the one shaded section.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Right as the trail turns South, you'll see a split. Stay right. It seems like going left takes you to White Rock, but it doesn't - it actually stays on the south side of Facer Creek, gaining more elevation.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
The trail levels out for a little bit before hiking up another steep section. In this section two dirt bikes passed us, so be careful with your dogs hiking too far ahead of you.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Loving these views on the upper half of the trail! 

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Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
 It took us just under 2 hours to summit. What a view of Willard Bay to the West!
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
 Looking down into Willard Canyon, where I hiked just 5 days earlier. I could finally see the waterfall! Binoculars would have been fun to have up here!
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Great views to the East as well! The peak above and to the right is known as "Black's Peak" (8,257ft) to locals.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
I wanted to hike up a little further to really get a good view of the fin.
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Super cool how much it sticks out!
Hiking to the Willard Fin, Hiking in Willard, Utah, hiking in utah with dogs
Typical lab - he found a mud pit to lay down in and cool off on the way down.

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When I did this hike, you could park at a different location, so the beginning of the trail will be slightly different. Just make sure you reach the aqueduct and follow that north.



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