How was the Mormons journey to salt lake valley?

While it depends on the season and mode of travel, it was difficult and dangerous for everyone. There were very few trading posts, and in many places the trail was so over-used that it was difficult to find grazing places for the animals and game to hunt. Large canyons with no establshed trails were very complicated to navigate with large pack animals and wagons filled with supplies. All the while, children, sick people, and the elderly had to be cared for. Those traveling too late in the season suffered many deaths due to starvation and freezing temperatures.