Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah

Valentine Peak
Elevation 8050'

Parowan
Hiking

          The town of Parowan, Utah has a fantastic hiking trail known as Valentine Peak. This trail has existed in some fashion for many years, but has recently been signed and improved making it a great little hike. From the summit you have views the Parowan Valley, the Parowan Gap, the Tushar Mountains.

General Information:
Click Here for Google Earth KMZ file.Click Here for Map          The trip from trailhead to the summit of Valentine Peak is 3 1/2 miles, and will require about 2 1/2 hours. You will encounter 1,930' of elevation gain on the hike to the summit. The route is rated 1 II using the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS). The summit is often hiked year round by experienced hikers and those with snowshoes. Beginners will find spring, summer and fall to be the preferred months to climb this mountain. This trail is suitable for most adults, fit seniors, and older children. There is nothing dangerous about this hike if commonsense is used.

          A GPS is not required for this hike, but the GPS waypoints are provided for the electronic nerds. The USGS 7.5' Map titled "Parowan" shows the area described. Navigation for this route is easy. Valentine Peak follows a trail all the way to the summit. All waypoints and maps for the Valentine Peak use the WGS84 datum.

Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah

History:
         
Valentine Peak is the red-rock bluff to the east of town and can be seen from the entire valley. The peak was named because on Valentine’s Day one can stand at the corner of 500 West and Center Street and the watch the sun rise directly over the center of the peak, which is how it became known as "Valentine Peak". Vito Locatelli of Parowan is given much of the credit for constructing and maintaining the trail as it is today.

Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah

Trailhead Information:
          From I-15 take Parowan Exit #78, turn east on Main Street and drive 1.2 miles. Turn east (left) on Center Street and drive 0.3 miles, continue onto South Canyon Road for and additional 0.3 miles. Turn east (left) on City View Drive and follow the road 0.1 miles to the east side of the cemetery and the Valentine Peak Trailhead. The trailhead is identified by a large log arch with the words "Valentine Peak" across the top.

Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah

Route Information:
          From  the Valentine Peak Trailhead (N37 50' 16", W112 49' 01"), walk under the wooden arch and head east up the trail. As you crest the first ridge you will find a pair of bench on either end of the ridge. The second bench is an indicator that you have hiked approximately 1 mile. The trail snakes through juniper trees and passes several benches and chairs as it climbs to the summit. The trail is extremely well marked with signs telling you how far you have hiked and far you have left to go. Near the top the trail steepens and teases you with a false summit approximately 1/2 mile before the actual summit of Valentine Peak (N37 49' 34", W112 47' 17").

Valentine Peak - Parowan, Utah

Valentine Peak:
Length: 3 1/2 miles - One Way.
Time: 2 hours - One Way.
Trailhead: 6,120'
Summit: 8,050'
Skill Rating: Easy
Summer Equipment: None
Winter Equipment: Waterproof Boots, Gaiters, Ski Poles and snowshoes.
Water: 3 liters per person minimum.
Difficulties: None
Circle Trip: No
Warnings: Minor Winter Avalanche Danger.


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