The Rishel Peak route runs directly across the Silver Island Mountains, cutting between Rishel Peak and Volcano Peak. At its highest elevation of 5100 feet, you'll have a stellar view of the surrounding desert mountains that once were subject to wind and water when the area was Lake Bonneville, which covered over one-third of Utah from 10,000 to 32,000 years ago. At the high point, you'll find a campsite with character providing the perfect spot to take in the views, complete with a creative fire pit made from protruding rock. Closer to the trail's Silver Island Loop Road end, another campsite sits below a large cave.
The entire Silver Island Mountains area is filled with amazing geologic history in addition to the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats, a 30,000-acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin. Today, the Salt Flats are a BLM special recreation management area open to the public and motorized vehicles and even hosts the annual Speedweek land speed races.
Driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats when wet and camping directly on the Salt Flats is expressly prohibited by the BLM, as stated on the Salt Flats website and signage posted on the Bonneville Speedway Access Road. Please respect management agency regulations and help to protect the top layer crust of the Salt Flats for many decades to come.
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