With daughter Alex handling the technical side of things, Jaromy Jessop, of the weekly local column “Outdoor Adventure,” guided members of the Sons of Utah Pioneers Settlement Canyon Chapter through the picturesque Stansbury Mountains.
From the alpine setting of the Deseret Peak area to the tragedy of the Skull Valley side that lost so much wilderness to fires a few years ago, participants came to view this gem of Tooele County mountain ranges as never before.
Jessop helped us understand why Deseret Peak is hiked so often from those in and out of the state and country. At over 11,000 feet, with well-marked trails to the top, it is a peak that anyone who enjoys the great out-of-doors should put on their bucket list. Aspen, various conifers, mahogany, gorgeous wildflowers, lichen, wildlife and a rocky summit that gazes forever in all directions await those willing to spend a memorable day here in our own backyard. The unnamed second-highest peak in the range towers over South Willow Lake with cliffs that are breathtaking. It is often mistakenly thought to be Deseret Peak. Jessop has named this rugged monolith “Stansbury Peak” which is entirely fitting. If the endurance to climb Deseret seems too difficult, Jessop has a plethora of trails and features to fit anyone’s desires and fitness levels.
The mountaineer, his wife, family and dogs are out every month of the year, and he writes up his adventures each week in the Tooele Transcript Bulletin.
Jaromy grew up exploring the mountains and deserts of Utah and has traveled to all 50 states, U.S. territories and a dozen foreign countries. He and his family live in Stansbury Park.
If you enjoy hearing and seeing the history and beauty of Tooele County and Utah, and the pioneers who did so much to give us the opportunities we have today, come join us at our monthly potluck dinner and presentations the first Thursday of each month in the modern TATC building in Tooele’s education corridor. Our next such presentation will be on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, followed promptly by Arlen “Buzz” Shields who will share with us the history of Pine Canyon, our neighbor to the east.
Darrell Smith volunteers time as the publicity director of the Sons of Utah Pioneers Settlement Canyon Chapter. He also works as a docent at the Tooele Pioneer Museum. Smith can be reached at email@example.com.