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Little Hikers on the North Mountain

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Object Title: Little Hikers on the North Mountain

Date Climbed/Hiked: Sep 12, 2015

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Rocky Alps

Created/Edited: Oct 12, 2015 / Oct 19, 2015

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Ever since watching “Frozen”, our 3-year-old daughter Ivy has wanted to climb the North Mountain. North Peak (the one near Mount Nebo), one of the few remaining Wasatch 11ers on my list, seemed like the closest mountain having a similar name, so I told her that if she got really good at hiking this summer then we could give it a try. Until this summer she’d mostly just been taken along for the ride in our kid carrier backpack, but with her baby sister Elissa now having dibs on the backpack it was time for Ivy to get used to hiking more on her own. We started out on some easier family hikes in the Wasatch, some of which we’d already done before along with some new ones.

2015 Wasatch Family Hikes

Bells Canyon Lower Reservoir
Bells Canyon Lower Reservoir
Trail to Bells Canyon
Trail to Bells Canyon


Near the start of our Bells Canyon hike it ended up being hotter than we’d anticipated it being in the middle of March, so we only went to the lower reservoir. Matthew and Ivy had fun watching the ducks swimming along the shore.

Elissa happy to hike
Elissa happy to hike


Mill B South Falls picnic pic
Mill B South Falls picnic



Since there was still snow up on the higher trails around Big Cottonwood Canyon in the spring, one day we decided to have a picnic at the little falls just past the paved part of the trail leading to Lake Blanche.






Mill B South Falls
Mill B South Falls

Cascade Peak northern cliffs
Cascade Peak northern cliffs

Matthew at Bridal Veil Falls
Matthew at Bridal Veil Falls


During a visit to Bridal Veil Falls, Matthew wanted to climb up to the waterfall where many of the other people were going, but since it was pretty steep, Liz, Ivy, and Elissa stayed and watched us from down below. I had to lift Matthew over a few of the looser sections of scree/talus, but he did surprisingly well on the steep terrain.


Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls


Lake Solitude
Lake Solitude



We’d walked around the Silver Lake Boardwalk several times and been up to Twin Lakes Reservoir once, but had never taken the other trail leading to Lake Solitude. It was already early evening when we decided to do this hike at the last minute, so on the way to the trailhead we stopped off at Jimmy John’s to pick up some sandwiches, which gave us a rewarding dinner to eat as the sun was setting at the lake. One of the other hikers told us there was a cave/mine entrance farther ahead, but with little remaining daylight we decided to wait to check it out some other time. Since it was dusk, we saw a few deer and moose.


Silver Lake family pic
Silver Lake family pic

Aspens on Lake Solitude Trail
Aspens on Lake Solitude Trail















Willow Heights trail
Willow Heights trail

Ivy's flowers
Ivy's flowers


Since the Willow Heights Trail was one of the more obscure little hikes in Veranth’s Wasatch Hiking book, I wasn’t expecting much, but it ended up being quite scenic. We started out on a steep trail, where Ivy took her time admiring the aspen trees and picking flowers, and then made our way through some nice meadows to arrive at a scenic lake. Matthew and Ivy tried catching a little ground squirrel/pika who kept coming up to us as we were eating snacks, but upon smelling a skunk we decided it would be best to leave before he could come out and spray us.






Willow Lake
Willow Lake

Honeycomb Cliffs
Honeycomb Cliffs















Ivy leading the way
Ivy leading the way

Meadow below Elk Point
Meadow below Elk Point


The previous fall, we’d tried hiking from the top of the Alpine Loop to Primrose Point along the Horse Flat Trail, but took a wrong turn near the end of the hike. This time we came back and did the hike with my parents, taking the right turn at the end. The last section of trail was a bit steep and overgrown, so Ivy decided to ride on Papa’s shoulders for that part.


Alpine Ridge behind meadow
Alpine Ridge behind meadow


 

The Shoulder
The Shoulder

South Timpanogos
South Timpanogos



The views from Primrose Point were quite impressive, and allowed me to check out the Razorback Ridge route I was considering taking to reach the summit of seldom-climbed South Timpanogos later in the summer/fall. Storm clouds quickly blew in from the west over the mountain, which prompted us to eat our lunch quicker, but it was nice hiking back to the car in the cool, drizzly weather.


Primrose Point views to the south
Primrose Point views to the south

Primrose Point family pic
Primrose Point family pic


















Mount Superior from Albion Basin
Mount Superior from Albion Basin

Sugarloaf Peak over wildlowers
Sugarloaf Peak over wildlowers


For our annual Albion Basin hike we lucked out and were able to find a parking space despite the larger-than-usual weekday crowds. Ivy did quite well keeping up with Matthew, and they both had fun climbing on the many rocky hills around Cecret Lake. Someone was flying a noisy drone over the water, which the kids enjoyed watching from the hillside up above to the west. On the way down we made an obligatory moose sighting.


Little climbers
Little climbers
Cecret Lake pano
Cecret Lake pano

The North Mountain

Nebo above trailhead
Nebo above trailhead


We left the house after breakfast and got to the main Monument Trailhead just after 10 in the morning. The forecast was sunny and hot (90 degrees in SLC), but the hike was at a high enough elevation that I was hoping it wouldn’t be too bad. The dirt parking lot was already completely full, so I created my own parking space just off of the road, leaving the other cars enough space to get around me should they need to leave before we got back.





Ivy admiring North Peak
"A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I'm the queen."


North Route trail
North Route trail


Elissa (almost 1) squeaked with delight upon being put into the backpack, and Ivy (3) and Matthew (almost 8) started up the obvious trail leading west along the cattle fence. Ivy remarked that the North Mountain didn’t look like the one in Frozen, and I told her that’s because Elsa hiked it in the winter and that it would be easier for us to do it in the summer/fall instead.





First part of trail
First part of trail

North Peak from main trail
North Peak from main trail


Matthew is a strong enough hiker now that he didn’t have any issues on the hike, but by the time we got to the section of the trail that breaks away from the fence, Ivy was already getting tired. I’ve noticed that when our kids are younger (toddler age), it’s hit or miss in terms of how much energy they’ll have and/or how motivated they’ll be on a hike. Unfortunately, this would end up being an off-day for her.




Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain


Snack break
Snack break

North Peak dry tree
North Peak dry tree

Fortunately, we quickly entered a shaded area about halfway to the overlook on the ridge where we ate second breakfast. As they ate their snacks on a conveniently fallen tree, we told the kids to keep their eyes open for animals. Matthew had just started cub scouts, and one of his first requirements was to hike at least a mile and spot two different kinds of animals. He’d end up easily exceeding both of those by the end of the day.

Another good rest log
Another good rest log



Despite the snack fuel and our offering words of encouragement about how happy the “Frozen” characters were after they’d hiked up the North Mountain, Ivy’s pace was slower than usual. The higher elevation (we were above 10,000 feet most of the time) may have had something to do with it. As a result, I would end up carrying both Elissa and Ivy (Elissa in the backback and Ivy hanging on in front like a little monkey) for almost the entire hike up and down. It wasn’t ideal, but I figure if anything it would be good exercise to prepare for my North Timpanogos and Lone Peak hikes the next two Saturdays.

Trail with cows
Walking past the cows hiding in the trees

Falcon
Falcon

Squirrell
Squirrel


On the way through the forested section below the ridge, we saw several pikas, a big squirrel, a group of six cows, and a falcon. The cows seemed a little leery of us as we approached, but were fine as we passed them a couple dozen feet away on the trail. From here we crossed to the other side of the northeastern facing chute, at which point the trail became steeper. The loose dirt wouldn’t have been a problem, but both Matthew and Ivy’s hiking shoes were a little worn (part of the challenge when hiking with kids is finding quality affordable shoes that they won’t grow out of so quickly), as I was holding out to buy them new pairs next spring.



Ivy spotting something
Ivy spotting something interesting


Nebo Overlook
Nebo Overlook















North Peak north ridge
North Peak north ridge

Nebo from North Peak
Nebo from North Peak


We arrived at the overlook, where we were treated to some nice views of Mount Nebo to the south and the town of Nephi far below. Liz and the kids were hungry so they agreed to stop and eat lunch there while I quickly went to the top of North Peak by myself. I jogged and/or fast-walked all the way to the top without any breaks, following a faint trail most of the way, hitting both the main summit and a little false summit farther to the south. There were some interesting cliffy sections along the northwest ridge with some good views of Mount Nebo as well, which I had already summited twice in previous hikes.


North Peak north ridge descent
North Peak north ridge descent


North Peak summit
North Peak summit

North Peak cliffs
North Peak cliffs


I was back down to the overlook twenty minutes after leaving the fam, where I joined them in finishing up our lunch of sandwiches, grapes, carrots, apples, wheat thins, granola bars, fruit snacks, water, and Gatorade. I told Matthew that next time I came here with him he could do Mount Nebo with me, but he said he didn’t think he’d be able to keep up since I was too fast of an expert hiker. I wouldn’t consider myself a hiking expert, but I guess it’s okay for him to think that I am. I’ll just need to find a way to disguise my panting as I try keeping up with him as he gets bigger and faster.

Nebo Overlook family pic
Nebo Overlook family pic

Another rest log



The initial steep section below the ridge was a bit tricky with the kids on the way down, but it was easygoing once we reached the cows again on the other side of the northeastern facing chute. My legs getting tired near the end along with it being difficult to see what I was walking down while holding Ivy in front of me caused me to sprain my ankle just before the end of the hike, but that was the only mishap of the day.



Hiking back down
Hiking back down (if I look tired it's because I am)
Steep slope below trail
Steep slope below trail
Nebo fall colors
Colors just about to change

Just a few minutes after loading back into the car and driving away, Matthew and Ivy were out (Elissa, who’d been asleep for most of the hike, was in full jibber-jabber mode though), so even though we’d chosen to go down the south section of the Nebo Loop in hopes of checking out the hoodoos at Devil’s Kitchen for the first time, we decided we’d have to put this off again for some other time. Despite the fact that it was one of the more difficult hikes we’d taken the kids on, it was also one of the most fun ones. Matthew and Ivy said some really funny matter-of-fact things on the hike, and even though it’s a bit more difficult to do some of the longer hikes with the entire family (mainly due to the kids’ age spread and the extra time it takes), it’s totally worth the extra effort.

North Peak Stats

DISTANCE: 5.5 miles roundtrip
MONUMENT TRAILHEAD: 9,250 feet
SUMMIT ELEVATION: 11,174 feet
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,000 feet
DIFFICULTY: Class 1+
TIME: 6 hours

North Peak from Nebo Loop
North Peak from Nebo Loop

Images

Mount Superior from Albion BasinNebo Overlook family picSouth TimpanogosLittle climbersWillow LakeThe ShoulderNebo from North Peak
Mill B South FallsTrail to Bells CanyonPrimrose Point family picLake SolitudeNorth Peak cliffsMatthew at Bridal Veil FallsSnack break
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Wasatch SummitsExcellent.

Wasatch Summits

Voted 10/10

This is so awesome to see. Those kids are going to have some awesome memories later on. Keep it up!
Posted Nov 19, 2015 10:45 pm

Rocky AlpsRe: Excellent.

Rocky Alps

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Thanks, we'll keep taking them as often as we can, so hopefully it's something they end up passing on as well when they get older.
Posted Nov 24, 2015 3:45 pm

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