RATING: Easy Hiking.
LENGTH: 1-2 hours / 3.3 miles
MAPS: South Tent Mountain, UT; Spring City, UT
SEASON: Summer, Fall
NOTES: Reaching the trailhaed can be tough. Those with 2wd or low clearance can alternately start from the junction with Skyline Drive which about 2 hours to the hike.
South Tent Mountain has been my toughest county highpoint to reach. It took me 4 attempts to finally be successful. Was I inexplicably thrown off by the straightforward route finding? Did the dizzying 11,285 elevation overwhelm me? Was I unprepared for the 3 mile round trip? Nope. Nope. Nope. I was thwarted by the road to the trailhead each time!
The hike is off Skyline Drive and can be impassably muddy late into summer or after recent rains. When not muddy, it can be hopelessly rutted from being traveled while muddy. The best approach is to come up from Spring City, which should get you pretty close in most conditions, and be prepared to walk the extra 2-3 miles if the road is impassable. August and September seem to be the best bets for getting all the way to the trailhead.
Aside from the difficulty of the road, South Tent is an easy highpoint to bag. The shortest route will take little more than an hour, and the summit offers expansive views to the east into the San Rafael Swell, Cedar Mountain, and even the Book Cliffs far off into the distance. A nice summit! As an aside, there are many great primitive campsites along Skyline Drive, and it makes a nice place to spend a day or two.