Toward Frary Peak on Antelope Island – Part First

My very first trip to Antelope Island State Park was in February of 2012.  If you’re curious, you can click on this link to be taken back to the post I published after that visit.  And now my very most recent trip, partially documented in the following images, is from seven and one half years later, August of 2019.

Looking northeast-ish….

As I noted in the earlier posts about the sunrise on Antelope Island, it was my intention to get to the trailhead of the path that leads to Frary Peak at sunrise…but I was somehow delayed by the splendor of said sunrise reflecting off of the lake, etc., and didn’t get there until about an hour and a half later.

Turning your head a bit to the right from the above image…with the Wasatch Mountains in the background….

The images that follow are a chronological accounting of my hike up to the higher reaches on the island, close to 6,600 feet in elevation.  The trail is 3.5 miles in length and has an elevation gain of about 2,050 feet…which places the trailhead at right around 4,550 feet above sea level.

And now looking further southeast…back down toward Salt Lake City….

And I guess we could say we’re looking pretty much due south now in the below photo.

I’m drawn to the earth colors, the undulating hills, minor canyons or drainages, the small and larger crags, and the space that is open, yet bordered by the near water and the far mountains…I find it all compelling in a visceral sort of way.

All of this curved area in the below photo is referred to as “White Rock Bay,” which you can see here in an image from February 2014, with a much different perspective, as viewed from the north.

If I’m not mistaken, that’s Fremont Island off to the north…just left of center in the below photo…across the water.

Blue-green-gray sage in the foreground has an alluring scent, kind of resinous…and strong enough to linger on my fingertips for hours after rubbing/crushing the leaves between them…a small take-home treasure.

I didn’t see any antelope, but there were multiple strings of American Bison slowly trailing down the far/western side of the island.

A person approaches, below….

More to follow….

12 responses

  1. That’s one thing that surprised me when we moved to Colorado. I took an instant liking to the landscape and colors. So much so that a few years later, on a trip out East, I felt the unending green canopy of trees blocking my view of the horizon almost claustrophobic.

    Even now, it’s the landscape I miss most. Not only from Colorado but Hawaii, too. The interior of the big island has that same feel and look.

    The person gives a sense of scale. Without you mentioning it, I’d have missed both the person and the sign.

    January 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    • I do love those landscapes, Emilio…and the colors…and the geology…fauna, altitude…I guess pretty much all of the natural part of the place. And yes, that person does add something, doesn’t it?…kind of reveals as much of the true scope of things as we might be able to perceive in a photograph.

      January 12, 2020 at 7:58 am

  2. Beautiful 🙂

    January 2, 2020 at 2:41 am

    • Thank you, Arlene…I can’t help but agree with you!

      January 12, 2020 at 7:58 am

  3. Liana

    Lovely as the pictures: “blue-green-gray sage in the foreground has an alluring scent, kind of resinous…and strong enough to linger on my fingertips for hours after rubbing/crushing the leaves between them…a small take-home treasure”

    January 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    • Thank you, Liana. So nice to see you again. 🙂

      January 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

  4. It’s a lovely landscape and your words as well. You make me miss those high mountain desert type places. So very nice to revisit through your images. Thank you, Scott and a happy 2020!

    January 2, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    • Oh, me, toooooo, Gunta!

      And you’re welcome…it’s my undoubted pleasure to bring them to you.

      Wishing you well for the new year, as well. 🙂

      January 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

  5. How refreshing this is, Scott – all that space, the gentle, undulating hills – as you said. I’m with Liana in enjoying your description of that scent – I always try to bring a piece of sage home with me when I go to the desert. I love looking at these. The shadows give the folds in the 4th photo a sculptural presence; the crescent of sandy ground by the blue expanse of water in the 6th photo is so graceful…it’s all very satisfying. I like the repeated, extra-long rectangular format and the repeated colors. Thank you for this high desert treat. I hope 2020 treats you very well – maybe another trip to Utah, and if not, then plenty of good hikes in AZ. It’s almost three years ago now that we met, not under the best of circumstances. You’re a good friend. 🙂

    January 5, 2020 at 10:31 am

    • it’s my mental vacation place, to be sure, Lynn. Not that I really need to escape things down here (?), but it’s truly refreshing to be there in my mind when I can’t be there in a corporeal sense. I don’t know how I had never done it before, but that was my first occasion of plucking and crushing the sage leaves. My experience with doing that has been limited to the creosote out here in the lower desert. It has such a beautiful and clean smell after the rains that I can’t resist doing so out on my hikes. That said, the scent of the sage was something of a surprise…one that I will repeat again when I have the opportunity.

      I enjoy that rectangular format when presenting the landscape photos; it seems necessary, somehow, compelling anyway.

      And yes, it is my desire to get back up there this year, and definitely to get out into the desert again, as well.

      It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been three years since we “met,” Lynn, and while it wasn’t under the best of circumstances, it remains a rich experience. I can still see us having lunch together and noting the warmth and almost surprise at the unusual context of the friendship.

      As always, thank you for your encouraging comments and the individuality you bring to the post through your comments. I wish you lots of wonderful explorations and happy visitations in the new year.

      January 12, 2020 at 8:11 am

      • I’m so late seeing this! But better late than never. Interesting about the sage and creosote, both are pungent aromas, wouldn’t you say? I can still see us at that Mexican restaurant too. 🙂 That was obviously a tough time for me but I was far from alone; many people were kind and helpful, in many ways. Not necessarily such a surprise that you would be one of them. I hope you’re getting out these days, when you can – the weather should be good for it, and maybe the flowers are starting….

        February 5, 2020 at 7:39 pm

        • It’s hard to resist rubbing a bit of either plant between the fingers and then carrying the scent around with you for a while. I did it just this past weekend out here by the White Tank Mountains. And yes, the weather is perfect for hiking…and the flowers are already coming out…desert lupine, golden poppies…and so many others.

          That was a rough time all around, it seems, Lynn…but I cannot imagine how tough it must have been for you, alone and far away from home. Maybe we will be able to share lunch again there sometime…under better circumstances. 🙂

          February 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

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