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Gold Ridge

 
Gold Ridge

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.95961°N / 111.77499°W

Object Title: Gold Ridge

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 8396 ft / 2559 m

 

Page By: ericwillhite

Created/Edited: Aug 12, 2010 / Aug 12, 2010

Object ID: 648391

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Overview

It wasn't until got home that I realized why Gold Ridge probably got it's name, there were gold flaked rocks everywhere. Where is Gold Ridge? Hiding behind Bountiful Peak. Gold Ridge is a 2 mile hike along a ridge with superb views east to the Uintas as well as the back side of the northern Wasatch peaks. An ATV trail goes the entire length to within 5 minutes of the summit so this makes for an excellent trip with kids.

Getting There

Going north on I-15, take the Farmington exit #322. Take a right at the Y on the exit ramp. The exit will put you onto 200 West. Follow it to the first stop sign and turn right. Proceed east (crossing Main Street) to 100 East. Turn left. Follow 100 East going north and it turns into Farmington Canyon Road. Drive up the canyon on a nice graded dirt road until you reach the top of the ridge. There you find a large snow shed. Continuing on would take you up to Frances Peak and the giant white balls. In the large dirt area just before the snow shed, make a sharp right and right again. A high clearance road goes a mile or so from here to the trailhead. Park if you can't make it. The road contours around a highpoint but soon reaches a saddle where the trailhead is located. Another road hits this location as well from Farmington Flats, but I did not try that route (shown as well on map).
Gold Ridge Map
Gold Ridge Map


 
Farmington Canyon Road
Farmington Canyon Road
 
Farmington Canyon
Farmington Canyon

Red Tape

None

Trailhead

 
Francis Peak from trailhead
Francis Peak from trailhead
 
Gold Ridge trailhead
ATV Trailhead

Route

The ATV trail starts out fairly steep and rocky. This isn't the best section but the majority of the climbing gets done this way as it climbs through forests and openings to a false summit at point 8085. From this point, you can see both another false summit and the true summit in the distance. The trail also improves a bit with fewer rocks but the rest of the route is in the sun. At the second false summit, you'll encounter a ATV route down towards Farmington Flats. After dropping off the second false summit around 200 feet, you'll finally climb the highpoint, an easy 400 foot climb (something I did carrying my 3 and 5 year old)! The ATV trail ends at the summit rocks. Look for a hiker trail on the east side of the rocks to the top. Once there, you'll see the highest point is a 3 minute walk from what you thought was the summit.
 
Hiking Gold Ridge
Kids hiking
 
Gold Ridge
First view of summit
 
Kids on summit of Gold Ridge
Kids on top
 
Hiking Gold Ridge
Hiking the trail

Views

 
Looking South
Looking South
 
Bountiful Peak
Bountiful Peak
 
Looking North
Looking North
 
Durst Mountain
Durst Mountain

External Links

http://www.willhiteweb.com/wasatch_mountains/gold_ridge/farmington_canyon_atv_194.htm

Images

Gold Ridge