Place Name: Fishlake County
Place Description: State: Utah
Elevation: 12,169 Feet
Prominence: 4,689 Feet
Elevation Gain: 1,616 Feet
Lists: Utah County HP, Las Vegas Mountaineers Classics
The High Point of the Tushars
Delano Peak is a double county high point and prominent summit located east of Beaver, UT. Rising above 12,000 feet, it’s the highest peak in the Tushar Mountains and home to Utah’s largest mountain goat herd.
- Good access road
- Great views
- Easy trail
- Little parking
- Short and steep
- Exposed to sun and elements
With multiple peaks over 12,000 feet, the Tushar Mountains of Central Utah rise even higher than the famous Wasatch Mountains further north. Delano Peak is a very prominent summit in the state that stands as the high point of two separate counties.
The Tushars have become famous in recent years with the popularity of high-altitude trail running.
Getting to the Tushars is pretty easy. Drive east on UT-153 from the town of Beaver. Follow this highway about 15 miles and make a left on Big John Flat Rd. This road is dirt and graded nicely. There may be some mud spots after a rain.
Keep driving past the Big John Flat and the campground. The road starts to climb a bit; however, it never gets very difficult. There are no signs regarding the Delano Peak Trail. You will need to save a track on your gps to find the spot. There is a trail that starts behind a sign stating there is no vehicle access.
As far as trails go, this one is very simple. Follow the single track to the summit. The trail does climb steeply from the onset and you are over 10,000 feet. It meanders steeply up the open terrain, crossing some small talus fields and eventually topping out at the summit.
After climbing 1,600 feet in about 1.5 miles, Delano Peak’s summit is marked with a nice sign and a mailbox register.
The views are pretty exceptional towards the east and Mt. Holly.
Mt. Baldy and Mount Belknap, the other two peaks over 12,000 feet loom to the west looking very inviting.
The Final Word
Delano Peak is a beautiful summit in a beautiful area. If you are in the area and looking for a quick and short 2–3-hour excursion, you won’t find a better place to hike.
The Tushars are home to the largest mountain goat herd in Utah and they are frequently seen on the summit.