Hastings Pass

The famous Hastings Cutoff Trail came across Skull Valley and up through what is now known as Hastings Pass.

Explorers and emigrants such as John C. Fremont, Kit Carson, Lansford W. Hastings, and the Donner-Reed party all traveled through this area as a shorter route to California.


View from the pass (Cedar Mountains) looking East across Skull Valley to the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak (11, 031') in distance.



{EDIT/UPDATE Jan 2006} NOW The 100,000-acre Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area!




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  • palomino (patsy) PRO 10y

    My husbands family found out that they are related to Kit Carson.Love the history behind these photos.
  • The Wilderness Family 10y

    Beautiful! Great history with the picture...are those dead trees scattered over the landscape?
  • Keith Vaught PRO 10y

    Gorgeous shot! Thank you for sharing the historical notes!
  • Dave Merrill 10y

    Those are dead Juniper trees. I think ravaged by wildfires.
    I've heard (I say that a lot -ha-) that the early pioneers mistook the Junipers as Cedar trees. This, if corrected would sure change things in Utah as we have Cedar City, Cedar Valley and this range, the Cedar Mountains..
  • Gavin Veasey 8y

    I need to come up here, great picture.
  • listorama 7mo

    I think I hear the creaking of wagon wheels as oxen slowly pull the wagons up the hill...
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Taken on June 19, 2005
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