Once inside the State Park ($10 fee or UT state park pass), we took a left a the first intersection. You will eventually see a sign for Frary Peak hiking trail. There is a single restroom at the bottom of the road that leads up to the trailhead. There is plenty of parking up top and the views are amazing! Even if you don't want to hike Frary Peak or Dooly Knob, the drive up to the parking lot will provide you with awesome views of the Wasatch and the Great Salt Lake.
There are two options on this hike, Frary Peak (about 7 miles total) and Dooly Knob (just under 3). They both require the initial uphill hike which can be quiet strenuous going up (& down!) We carried on the trail to Frary Peak, after all it was my goal to bag a peak that weekend!
On the trail you will come to a small boulder field that you actually get to walk through. I really loved this part and acted like a total dork running back through it and climbing on the rocks. This is pretty much the last time you get to walk on level ground for the remainder of the ascent. I mean, you are gaining 2100' in just over 3 miles.
The views on the hike to the peak were breathtaking. I really felt like I was somewhere other than Utah. The peaks were green and seemed to go on forever. The Great Salt Lake was mirrored. The Oquirrh and Wasatch views were A+. All of this helped distract from the lack of shade -- I was sunburn city just from the short time I had my jacket off.
The last bit of the hike was dicey; there was a ton of mud, plus it was narrow. But everything opened p again and before we knew it, we were there! We met a ton of people on the peak (pretty much everyone had a tie to the state of Michigan except my husband - he's not cool enough ;) ) and enjoyed a well deserved beer. We hung out for about 30 minutes (I could not understand the people that would reach the top, take a selfie, and immediately head back down) before some rain clouds moved in. It never rained on us, but I knew the muddy section of the trail would be a little more challenging if it were to rain.
The hike down was REALLY hard on my knees. I don't think I have particularly bad knees, but both Karl and I were in so much pain hiking down. I feel like hiking poles might have helped the impact not be as bad or maybe our walking technique is just terrible. Nobody else seemed to be having trouble....
We are pumped for some more peaks to start clearing off so we can enjoy more mountaintop views this spring!