Mary's Nipple. Wasatch Plateau

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Pennington Geis on December 30, 2008

This is an especially nice shot, Ralph! wonderful light, interesting sky, wildflowers in the foreground -- just idyllic!

Ralph Maughan on December 30, 2008

Thank you Pennington. It is a lovely swale, full of flowers most the summer, but with a scary, often muddy road down to the base of the plateau upon which the valley rests.

brighamstwin on January 30, 2009

Great shot, however the correct name of the peak is "Molly's Nipple," not Mary's Nipple. It sits on the Skyline Drive at the top of 12-mile canyon straight east of Mayfield, UT in Sanpete County. Believe it or not, you can drive right to the base of the peak in a CAR.

Ralph Maughan on January 30, 2009


Thanks. I will change the name. Both Molly and Mary seemed to be very popular during the time these buttes and plateaus were named.

Were they named today, perhaps Rihanna ;-)

Cory Maylett on June 14, 2009

Sorry to have to tell you this, but the peak is mostly definitely called "Mary's Nipple" -- you had it right to begin with.

There are several Molly's Nipple's in Utah, but the one between Mayfield and Salina sitting atop the Wasatch Plateau is Mary's Nipple, not Molly's.

It's sometimes called by its more politically correct name of Musinea Peak, but all the locals refer to it as Mary's Nipple (as do most of the older less PC maps).

By the way, I grew up within 15 miles of Mary's Nipple, and spent a great deal of time in 12-Mile Canyon, just below it. I've even climbed Mary's Nipple a couple of times.

If you'd like to check out the name further, the USGS maps refer to it as Mary's Nipple (and sometimes Musinea Peak). The terrain view on Google maps also correctly refers to it as Mary's Nipple. Seriously, I've never heard anyone call it Molly's Nipple, and I grew up there.

It's a great shot by the way!

Ralph Maughan on June 14, 2009

Thanks Cory for all the information. I know people who live close to something like to see the correct name.

Yes, it is a beautiful place up there in the aspen and wildflowers.

So it's back to "Mary's"

Pennington Geis on June 16, 2009

. . . a mountain by any other name . . .

Kerry Sorenson on January 2, 2012

Might as well add my two cents.

I grew up in Axtell, Utah from 1957 to 1976 and during the summers for many of those years my dad herded cattle up willow creek canyon for the grazier's association (those who had permits to let a certain number of their cattle feed on the national forest). Sometimes I would tag along, especially if it entailed riding up into the cove (the area just below and to the southwest of the peak) but 6 hours on horses and the 1 hour drive up and down the dusty dirt roads from the valley to Anthony's Flat made for a long day.

We referred most often to it as the Nipple -- e.g. 'Let's climb the Nipple'. Sometimes we would prefix it with Mary's or Molly's, but that seemed a bit personal and prolonged the awkwardness of an already uncomfortable subjecy for a Mormon household. Occasionally we would call it Mount Musinea or Musinea.

Ralph Maughan on January 5, 2012


Thanks for continuing the interesting discussion of the local name for this landmark.

When I took the photo and posted it to Panoramio, I had no idea.

By the way, I think it looks like a nipple more from the other side (the valley side).

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