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JDrakeVertigo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2014

JDrake

Can't fully appreciate it unless you see it in person. Pretty awesome.
Posted Aug 27, 2014 5:54 pm

MoonerUp I GO

Mooner

00/00/14 via La Fin du Monde with Sam
Posted Jun 18, 2014 3:45 am

ZeeJayA Utah classic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

ZeeJay

One of the nicest hikes I've ever done.
Posted May 26, 2014 11:07 pm

scgrantNotch Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2014

scgrant

4/24/2014 From Sawtooth Canyon. One of the better desert hikes I have ever done. Fantastic hike. We spent a whole day in the House Range and did Swasey first and then Notch. 13 hour day when factoring the driving time from SL.
Posted Apr 25, 2014 12:56 am

utahjimkvia Sawtooth Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013

utahjimk

Some snow here and there, esp. in the narrows. Most impressive cliff I've ever seen. As I reflect on it, this hike is well deserving to be called a Utah Classic, especially for its scenery that expresses the meaning of "Great Basin". The bristlecone forest around the hill east of the saddle is beautiful! Weather couldn't have been better. With WMC group.
Posted Oct 27, 2013 11:30 am

CalamityJaneDon't Hold Me Back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2013

CalamityJane

Really had to put my climbing skills into play here. There was a dry fall that was a bit hard for me to negotiate, but with upper body strength of a Mastif I managed fine. The humans made me wear a leash at the summit, something about 4000 feet down, I dunno. I got this peeps, did you not see my skills at the dry fall? I clearly could multi-pitch this bad boy.
Posted Aug 5, 2013 2:03 am

abrennalinerushI wish I'd had an increment borer with me.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2013

abrennalinerush

If I'd had one, I could have gotten a bit more intimate with the bristlecone pines. As it were, the tree gods were a bit disgruntled that I nabbed myself some fallen pine cones and consequently wrapped some branches around my ankle on the way out, causing me to plank the canyon floor like a champion bellyflopper. Lucky for me, my knees are fairly resilient. I'm terrified to think about what may have happened if I'd cored one of those ancient beauts, though... ANYWAY. If you're wondering, it's 724 Brenna Steps from the saddle to the summit. You should maybe (definitely) try to best my high score.
Posted Jun 19, 2013 11:51 pm

utahguy058BOO YA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2013

utahguy058

I highly recommend this hike. It's gorgeous from top to bottom. I highly suggest that you hike around the false peak just north of Notch Peak to get into the stand of Bristlecone Pines and unforgettable view of Notch Peak.
Posted Jun 17, 2013 5:27 pm

runbyu1Nice Run Up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

runbyu1

This was my first summit of the running peakbagging season. We had a great day driving in from Utah County (left around noon), running up to the top, and eating at JC Mickelson's in Nephi around 8:30. The roads are in decent condition with dirt road stretches of 4.2, 5.1, and 3.2 miles. Each dirt road gets progressively rougher than the next. We made it in my low clearance car with sports suspension, but I would definitely take another car next time. We were constantly worried about busting the oil pan or getting a flat tire. The drive was tougher than the climb IMO!
Once there, there is a sign for the trailhead and we ran and followed Sawtooth Canyon 3 of the 4 miles to the top. The last mile had some bushwacking and cairn following/route finding but it was pretty straightforward. Like others have said, I was pretty underwhelmed with the saddle/summit area until we came to the edge of the world! That is one big cliff...very impressive. The breezes near the summit were a nice break from the near 90 degree heat we had at the trailhead. We continued on to the summit where the views are even better. We had a nice run down, especially once we got back in to the canyon.
Posted Jun 10, 2013 12:24 am

BritaCliffs of Insanity  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

Brita

I went along on this hike because Golden wanted to do it and I had no idea what to expect. The hike up was nice. The car was reading 98 as we were leaving Delta and since we started actually hiking at 3 I was afraid it would be hot. It good cooler the higher we got and there was a fantastic breeze. We hiked, I mean ran, up the sawtooth canyon variation. It was very pretty with lots of flowers in bloom. Plus there was plenty of shade as you steadily climb up the canyon. The summit appeared to be a little anticlimactic until we got to the ridge line and we could see off the cliffs. Golden made me crawl up near the edge to look down which made me even more nervous that I had walked as close as I had. It is impressive and I would really like to drive around to the bottom sometime and look up.
Posted Jun 9, 2013 6:43 pm

liliacarrillo0822Amazing view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

liliacarrillo0822

The view is amazing, a storm caught us when in the saddle it was rain hail thunder and lighting but it was worth it....
Posted May 15, 2013 11:17 pm

Matthew Van Hornbig cliff  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2013

Matthew Van Horn

Easy hike up to the cliff.
Posted Apr 23, 2013 5:53 pm

andrew davidOnly at the very end...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2011

andrew david

Went alone and spent a lot of time getting lost on dirt roads and then getting lost leaving the wash too soon. Was grumbling and cut by cacti and thinking it could not have been worth it until the very last step and then the cliffs came out of nowhere and were amazing. Don't miss it. Check the pics. But its so much better in person.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 1:16 am

PrinceOfNorwayWow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2012

PrinceOfNorway

It's so scary on top! I highly recommend that Austin Robert English climb this peak.
Posted Oct 28, 2012 3:40 pm

vanman798What a cliff, wow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

vanman798

The reason to hike this peak is to see it cliff faces. The north facing cliff falls over 4450 feet to the drainage in the valley floor below, making it the tallest cliff in the USA. Looking down the cliff it feels as though the face is vertical for its entirety, but the pure vertical portion is 2200 ft. In comparison El Capitan in Yosemite has a pure vertical drop of 3000 ft, and the largest purely vertical drop on the plant is 4,500 ft down the face of Mount Thor on Baffin Island, Canada.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 1:46 pm

kteichertAmazing Vistas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

kteichert

This hike is one of my new favorites! The view of the gorge from the top is unbelievable. It was warm today, and no wind on top. Absolutely gorgeous day!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 1:46 am

awilk7Striking, Lonely, Raw: Great Basin Ranges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006
Hiked Notch Peak from the drainage to the east, it was quite the experience. A recent snowstorm left the semi-slot canyon below the peak fresh and white, with desert hare(?) and bobcat tracks in the narrowest parts. The "steps" section was covered with slick snow, so we worked our way around the shoulder to the right (up canyon) to bypass the potential danger.

The wind was blowing quite hard as we reached the summit. Looking down the gaping jaws of the notch to the canyon and Tule Valley below was closer to terrifying than breathtaking. I normally enjoy heights, for some reason, this day it was different.

The whole trip up and down we didn't see another soul. This, after driving several miles on a lonely dirt road, off of the "Loneliest Highway in America." It's one thing to stand on the edge of a precipice with a guard rail and photo-snapping crowd all around, quite another when it's a lightly visited, relatively unknown, nearly 3000' cliff at the end of the season in (seemingly) absolute isolation. Of course, it doesn't remotely compare with scaling the face of Notch Peak from the cliff base, but it was one of the most "raw" wilderness experiences I have been able to partake in.
Posted Aug 1, 2011 4:31 pm

voxnihiliSawtooth Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2011

voxnihili

Lost the trail at one point, so I got in some bonus scrambling.

Lovely evening on top.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:26 pm

Pfeiffer75Sawtooth Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2010

Pfeiffer75

Climbed on a foggy and snowy day. The rising fog out of the notch added an element of fright. Awesome peak, would like to explore more of this area
Posted Oct 24, 2010 2:39 pm

MoapaPkUp easy, down hard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2010

MoapaPk

Went up the easy herdpath, down a hairy dryfall (see map). The best way to appreciate the drop is to view it from the northeast, via the lower summits.
Posted Jun 25, 2010 12:28 am

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