Dooley Knob on Antelope Island
We wanted to set our sights on Frary Peak, the highest point on Antelope Island. But we did not land where we hoped. Our start was a lot later than anticipated when we did this hike back in March. From having a crazy night at work the evening before sleep was far more necessary than waking up early to trek up a mountain. This is not a sentence I would ever normally say but I'm going to surprise myself and say it anyway.
Dooley Knob is the cute short peak that is on a trail that spurs off to the right of the main trail up to Frary Peak. This 3 mile hike was a much more realistic goal for the day and made for a fun first time on Antelope Island. After our exercise for the day, we drove around the island roads and explored what I hadn't seen before. The buffalo herd was obviously my favorite feature, as most would say.
Anyways if you want a great shorter hike that still provides awesome views then head up to Dooley Knob following the directions below.
- Drive North of Salt Lake City on I-15
- Take exit 332 towards Antelope Drive
- Use the left two lanes to turn left onto Antelope Drive
- Continue straight for 7 miles until you reach the Antelope Island Toll Booth
- Once paying your fee continue straight for another 7.2 miles
- Then take a left and drive another 5.2 miles until you see a sign pointing you up a road on your right
- Follow this to the end and then park in the parking area
The trail begins on the South end of the parking area by the signs. Even from the parking area and all throughout this hike you will have awesome views!
Follow this well-worn path as it makes one long switchback up to a ridge.
You will continue along until you come to the main ridgeline and saddle to Dooley Knob. This is also a sub saddle for Frary Peak.
You will take a right and head up to the rocky point that is Dooley Knob about .7 miles from where you are. If you head left you will continue up to Frary Peak, another 2.5 miles from where you are.
Now it is time to enjoy the view and take some pictures.
We also spent some time driving around the island and seeing some of the buffalo. Not having buffalo back in New Hampshire makes me really excited whenever I do get the opportunity to see a herd!
Below are two maps of the trail up to Dooley Knob.