This impressive Mountain may not have the title of tallest peak in the Tushars (Mt. Delano wears that badge) but it comes in at an impressive 12,137 feet and is considered by many to be the most impressive peak. This, like other mountains in the range is composed of volcanic rock dating back roughly 23 million years. The hike is challenging, with an elevation gain of 1400 feet.
For an extremely strenuous day, drop down the west face of Mt. Belknap and follow the west ridge for over a mile to the base of Baldy Peak, another 12,000-foot peak. Climb up the east face (on extremely loose scree and talus) to the summit. To return, climb back over the summit of Belknap (making for three 12,000-foot peaks in a day!) and return to the parking area. Collapse. Adding this wrinkle to the hike pushes the total elevation gain for the day to just under 5,000 feet on a roundtrip of approximately seven miles.
Fun fact, to get to the trailhead, you will travel on the highest road in the state of Utah!
HOW TO GET THERE
From Beaver, head east on Utah SR-153 for a little over 16 miles. Turn left onto Big John’s Flats road. Drive for just under ten miles until a hairpin turn is reached. There is parking for several cars.