Ladyfinger Point |

Antelope Island

Hiking Ladyfinger Point - Antelope Island Hiking Ladyfinger Point
Antelope Island

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Overview

RATING: Easy Hike
LENGTH: 1 hour

Sat

59 | 38

Sun

66 | 40

Mon

59 | 44

Tue

55 | 36

Wed

59 | 37

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SEASON: Any, can be hot and buggy in the summer.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Sat

59 | 38

Sun

66 | 40

Mon

59 | 44

Tue

55 | 36

Wed

59 | 37

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The vast view of the Great Salt Lake from Ladyfinger Point

The vast view of the Great Salt Lake from Ladyfinger Point

Ladyfinger Point is the first trail reached when reaching Antelope Island. At about 0.25 miles, it is more of a stroll than a hike. Though short, this is a stroll I have done often and really enjoy. The point is an excellent viewpoint for taking in the expanse of the Great Salt Lake. Sunsets and sunrises at the point can be exceptional!

The short hike a good one for families. Near the point, large boulders allow seemingly endless climbing and scrambling opportunities for little ones! Our daughter has really enjoyed this hike every time we have done it. Reaching the lakebed from the point is easy and gives kids an opportunity to see the lakebed (or lake depending on water level) up close and look at the lake ecology.

From the point, the small rock outcropping to the west is Egg Island. The island is connected to Antelope Island when the water level is low. Egg Island was named because of the nesting birds that use the small rocky outcrop for nesting. When water levels are high enough to make Egg Island a true island, it is an excellent and pretty secure place to have a nest. To protect nesting birds, Egg Island is closed to access year-round. If you walk toward the island, there is a boundary sign back from the island that you are not allowed to go beyond to visit the island proper.

The large island visible to the north from Ladyfinger Point is Fremont Island. This island was visited and documented by John Fremont and company in 1843. Hoping for game and timber, Fremont named the island Disappointment Island for its lack of resources. History renamed it in his honor.

Note: The area can be very buggy from spring through fall. This is also the site of the Ladyfinger Tent campground which is often easier to get a campsite at than the larger trailer/RV campgrounds on the island.
Just getting started and heading out to the point.

Just getting started and heading out to the point.

Getting There

The trailhead is reach by first getting to Antelope Island. This is off I-15, west of Layton. Take exit 332 off I-15, and head west on Antelope Drive. About 7 miles from the freeway is the entrance to the park.

From the entrance to the park, cross the causeway and go right at the first junction after the causeway. The trailhead is 0.6 miles from the first junction on the right and well signed. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

Having fun along the waters edge.

Having fun along the waters edge.

Route

From the parking area, which has a restroom, the trail heads north to the point. Our favorite route is to hike the trail to the point, then work down west through the boulders and walk along the lake (or lakebed depending on water level) back to the trailhead.


Maps

Route / 0.65 miles / Elevation Range 4,196 - 4,249 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 394983mE 4545971mN

N41° 03' 30" W112° 14' 59"

Point

12T 394751mE 4546150mN

N41° 03' 35" W112° 15' 09"

Egg Island

12T 393820mE 4546172mN

N41° 03' 36" W112° 15' 49"

Egg Island Boundary

12T 394001mE 4546190mN

N41° 03' 36" W112° 15' 41"

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