Tushar Mountains Delano Peak Hike
The Tushar Mountains are the third highest mountain range in Utah behind the Uintas in northeast Utah and the La Sals near Moab. With several 12,000 ft peaks above timberline (twelvers), they remind me of the mountain ranges I’ve explored in Colorado.
Located in south-central Utah east of the town of Beaver, Delano Peak (12,173 ft) is the highest peak in the Tushars, but the more impressive peaks are Mount Belknap (12,137 ft), the second highest peak, and Mount Baldy (12,090 ft). I hiked to the top of Mt. Belknap several years ago with the plan of coming back to explore Delano Peak. Getting back too much longer than planned but I finally made it with the added incentive of tracking mountain goats that roam in the high alpine meadows among these towering peaks.
After returning from the hike and looking at maps I realized that we took a different route than what we found on the hiking sites we researched. The route we took started much higher up the mountain and was a bit longer in distance. I don’t think it really mattered that much, neither route has any technical climbing just a few steep sections.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate family friendly high elevation hike with some steep sections
Distance & elevation gain: 3 miles out and back with 1,650 feet elevation gain.
Trail type: Singletrack dirt trail (the trail fades in and out along sections of the slopes and meadows)
Dogs: Dog friendly
Seasonality: Spring, Summer, and Fall; Winter snowshoeing may be possible.
Bathroom: There are vault toilets near the Big John Flat campground