BIG JOHN FLAT
ABOUT BIG JOHN FLAT
Well worth the 3.5 mile drive up a gravel road, the Big John Flat area is a favorite recreational spot with its large meadows and spectacular scenery. Peaceful, dispersed camping spots are nestled in the trees all around the meadow. It’s also a great place to see the highest peak in the area, Mt. Delano. This area is open to ATV use on designated roads and trails, but you’ll also find routes just for hiking, mountain biking, and other non-motorized transportation.
It’s one of the area’s most scenic destinations, yet rarely crowded. Surrounding the large meadow you will find groves of aspen, spruce, and fir trees, in addition to wildflowers, a trip up in July will be rewarded with waves of larkspur and lupine. If you are lucky, the mountain goats will be grazing near by, bring your camera just in case! In the winter, it’s a popular spot for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
You can access the Skyline National Recreation Trail here, as well as the Paiute 01 ATV Trail, for those who enjoy off-road motoring.
To access Big John Flat, take State Route 153 from Beaver, Utah, also known as the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway, for 16 miles before the turnoff. The trailhead is four miles further on road #123.
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A Black Diamond Hike
Hike the Big John Flat trail, a black diamond challenge and a popular way to connect to Skyline trail from Big John Flat and connecting to a larger network of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Approximately 1 mile west of the dispersed camping area you will find yourself at an intersection of three different trails. To the south is trail #064. To the north you can take trail #172 (Shelley Baldy Creek Trail). If you stay on this trail heading north you will end in the South Fork of North Creek (#062). If you stay on the #058 trail takes you west into a vast system of horse and foot trails.
Reach the Highest Peak
Climbing Delano Peak is non-technical despite its height of 12,174 feet, so just grab your hiking boots and ten essentials and go for it (though some may feel the effects of the altitude). Earn a spectacular view, a visit with mountain goats, and major bragging rights.
From the Big John Flat camping area, head up the mountain at 5.6 miles from the junction of Big John Flat and Highway 153, following Poison Creek.