Marys Nipple (Musinia Peak)
|Estimated Hike Time:||3-4 Hours|
|Trail Type:||Out and Back|
|Elevation Low:||9,578 feet|
|Elevation High:||10,984 feet|
|Total Elevation Gain:||1,406 feet|
|Optimal Season:||Late Spring to Mid Fall|
|Best Access Point:||Richfield|
A picturesque hike to a Central Utah 11,000 foot peak through meadows and forests with an amazing view at the top.
Marys Nipple is a very fitting name for anyone that has seen the small peak with a white flat top. The lesser known name is Musinia Peak, but if you ask directions from the area locals, they probably wouldn't know what you are talking about. This peak is a little out of the way, but the trailhead is right along the high altitude and extremely scenic Skyline Drive which follows the Western Rim of the Wasatch Platue.
- gps coordinates of trailhead: 39.058846, -111.554422
The trailhead for Marys Nipple starts at a small sheep camp used by both sheep herders and car campers looking to get away from the crowds but still near a main road (Skyline Drive). The surrounding meadow will be full of purple and yellow wildflowers in late summer.
The trail starts out as a gradual climb as you ease through meadow and stands of pine and aspen. After a little less of a mile of hiking you will get to the top of the ridgeline that eventually leads to the peak. Looking to the west you should get a good view of the Gunnison Valley and Mt. Baldy to the North. At this point you will climb over a rise then descend slightly as the ridgeline narrows for about a quarter mile.
The trail will now start to climb slightly until you get to a higher alpine meadow and from here the trail will level out some for another 3 quarters of a mile. The last quarter mile will be a harder push as the trail will steepen and increase elevation by over 300 feet in that distance. The trail here will start to wrap around the mountain and to the south west and basically go straight up the peak.
After you reach the top you will get amazing views. To the North, you will see the Wasatch Plateau and even Mt. Nebo on a clear day. To the South you will see where Skyline Drive meets up with I-70 and the Fishlake Mountians beyond. To the South and East you will see the Salina, the Sevier River valley and Richfield, Monroe Mountain, and the Pahvant Mountain range.
Posted By: Adam Gilbert