The last major migration of Painted Lady butterflies through Tooele County ended in 2005, but the hundreds of colorful Lepidopterans flitting around the crest of Deseret Peak apparently didn’t get the memo. Their abundance added a comical flair to the utopian atmosphere on the 11,031-foot summit. The dozen or so climbers shooting the breeze atop the quartzite platform ran the gamut from young idealist to seasoned scoutmaster, casual hiker to gear-decked pro. If country roads make neighborly drivers, tough climbs and high elevations make outright pals of otherwise unacquainted mountaineers.
The above is an excerpt from the last article in my series on Deseret Peak. Click over to the TTB to read the full story.