From the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon drive four miles to the obvious S-turn. At the bottom of the S turn is a parking lot for Broads Fork and Lake Blanche trails. Broads Fork trail starts at the southwest corner.
Follow the standard hike up two steep miles of scenic terrain to the Broads Fork lower meadow at 8,240 feet (good campsite, but somewhat popular). The trail splits right before the meadow...right goes to the meadow, left goes higher towards Twin Peaks. Take the left fork to a stream crossing on improvised bridges. Follow the faint path as it climbs more rugged terrain to the upper meadow at 9,600 feet. From here Sunrise (11,275ft) and Dromedary Peaks (11,107ft) tower above. You'll need to get to the saddle between Twin Peak and Sunrise Peak. It doesn't look difficult, but it is deceptive. The climb begins up shifting small talus, and gradually becomes more interrupted by small cliffbands, but nothing severe. At the saddle (10,800 feet) you'll have a fine view into Little Cottonwood Canyon. From here one route goes low and away from the ridge, but I prefer to climb on the ridge for about 200 feet until the route is blocked by an 8 foot wall. Here look for a ledge on the left (Little Cottonwood) side...cross this narrow ledge to a crack that can be climbed back to the summit ridge. From here it is not far to the peak on easy terrain. The first peak (east) is the higher of the two at 11,330 feet...a 15-20 minute scramble will bring you to the west peak at 11,328 feet with a better view of the Salt Lake valley. The ridge seperating the Cottonwood Canyons is popular amongst mountain goats.
Early in the season the route to the saddle is snow-filled and an ice axe and crampons would be highly reccomended. In summer nothing more than sturdy boots and some nerve at rock scrambling. Bring plenty of liquid and sunscreen, etc...
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