Floating Island Road

Total Miles


1,305.59 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Floating Island Road is an access road to Floating Island off the Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Byway. Floating Island is a small peak that is in Utah's west desert, surrounded by the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Utah Test and Training Range's northern half. Named for its often floating presence due to a mirage effect when viewed from I-80 to the south. The road is very straightforward and ends abruptly just past the T-junction on the mountain's west side. There are a few primitive camping spots established at the base of the mountain, and the main route loops around the northern portion of the mountain, looking directly into the testing range.

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Floating Island Road
Floating Island Road
Floating Island Road


When dry this is extremely easy and straight forward. When wet there are a few sections where mud could make travel a challenge. Past the T-junction at the west base there are some very deep ruts of sand/silt that when wet would want to be avoided. This is a very short section so if in doubt just park at the T-junction if you're planning on hiking.

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Status Reports

Thomas Fenton
Aug 23, 2023

Access Description

Accessed from the Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Byway

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