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TBrohmPioneer Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2016


Did a double traverse today. When up a VERY STEEP nontraditional route to Pioneer Peak and Sunset Peak. I started out following the Lake Mary/Catherine Pass Trail at Brighton Ski Resort. One I started to pass Lake Martha, the trail switch backed to the east a little. At the top of this switchback between Lake Martha and Lake Catherine, is where I left the trail and met the ridge that divides the Catherine Pass and Dog Lake area. Once off the trail, I followed a very faint game trail along the ridge. About 150 feet below the top of the ridge (with Pioneer Peak a couple hundred feet to my west), a narrow and STEEP grass and scree covered slope taunts in front. This was my favorite part of the route. Once on the Summit of Pioneer Peak, one has incredible views of the surrounding peaks. Sunset Peak is WSW about .8 to .9 miles from the summit of Pioneer. Descend to the saddle, and follow the well defined trail to the summit of Sunset. I chose to do these peaks in reverse order. Pioneer first, Sunset second. It was incredible. I highly recommend this route.
Posted Sep 16, 2016 6:27 pm

edgeSnow, Cloud, Cliff, Avalanche  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2016


It looked like there was a storm up there, so naturally I went up. The clouds parted and revealed an awesome view. I also saw an avalanche. It was cool. Then I got cliffed out. That was not cool. Eventually made it back with cold and wet feet but the view was definitely worth it.
Posted May 29, 2016 12:57 am

jgreenerunsSmokey lungs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015


Albion>Catherine Pass>Sunset>Pioneer.

After running earlier in the week, my lungs were feeling the affects of the smoke. Great after work jaunt. Sad to see Lake Mary so low. Hoping for a better snow year.
Posted Oct 18, 2015 12:11 pm

abrennalinerushvia Albion Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015


Went up via Albion Basin and hit Sunset on the way there & back. Lake Mary was bone dry, and the air was full of smoke from the CA fires. What a sad sight.
Posted Aug 21, 2015 12:19 am

ridings82Re: via Albion Basin


I hit Sunset this morning with my daughter and saw the same thing... the haze I could handle but Lake Mary is practically gone. It's too bad.
Posted Aug 23, 2015 12:23 am

PrinceOfNorwayLazy Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2014


Took a couple of beginners up this hike on a Sunday afternoon. It's almost November and I still had on my sleeveless shirt.

We went up to the top of the ski left and hit the ridge going west. The trail is in decent shape all the way to the top.
Posted Oct 27, 2014 10:21 am

yadahzoemtnBrighton Ridge Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012


Fun Ridge Run
09/18/15 Ridge Run
Posted Sep 15, 2013 9:17 am

voxnihiliBrighton Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013


Stopped here for a quick snack during the traverse.
Posted Jun 30, 2013 9:59 pm

MAerofrom Alta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2013
7/28/13 - Ridge run from Clayton to Sunset Peak. Great loop, saw multiple moose of all types. Trip report

6/23/13 - Along the ridge from Catherine Pass. Tried to drop down from the Sunset/Pioneer saddle but it was too steep and had to go back over Sunset to get back to the car
Posted Jun 23, 2013 10:25 pm

scgrantBig Cottonwood Canyon Super Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012


Climbed with the WMC as part of a BCC super loop.
Posted Sep 29, 2012 11:04 pm

cweightRewarding Climb  Sucess!


Climbed this in the winter with snow shoes. It was a tough climb with so much snow and the sweat from the climb froze on the way back down.
Posted May 28, 2012 10:43 pm

utahjimknice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2002


one of several
Posted Nov 12, 2011 12:03 pm

WisemtnBrighton Ridge 5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011
Still lots of snow and very windy. Started on Mary's Lake TH and continued past Dog Lake to the top of the Crest lift. I took the Pioneer Ridge/Brighton Ridge and hit Pioneer, Sunset, Tuscarora, Wolverine, and Millicent in 4.5 hrs. Pretty good adventure!

#2 7/26/15 - Clayton, Preston, Pioneer, Sunset, Wolverine/Tusc & Millicent
Posted Jul 17, 2011 1:18 am

PharmacistOn the Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010


Catherines Pass trail to the Pass, then Sunset, Pioneer, and Point Supreme. Then over to Tuscarora, Wolverine, and Millicent. Total time 4hours40minutes. Lots of fun.
Posted Sep 18, 2010 7:15 pm

utclimberRidge Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2010
After work ridge run of Sunset Peak, Pioneer Peak, Preston Peak, and Clayton Peak. Round trip 3.5 hours from Brighton.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 12:41 am

Pfeiffer75Fun Winter Climb  Sucess!


Climbed in January of 2009. Great hike
Posted May 10, 2010 12:19 pm

aprovanceVia Catherine Pass and Sunset Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009


Kinda windy at the top of Pioneer. Hit Sunset Peak first then walked the ridge to Pioneer. The ridge walk looked a lot steeper than it actually was. A pleasant hike, and great views!
Posted Aug 23, 2009 8:17 pm

byatesMutiple routes and climbs  Sucess!


A dozen or so times.
Posted Dec 4, 2008 12:49 pm

Travis AtwoodBrighton Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Travis Atwood

8/2/08 - Climbed as part of the Brighton Ridge Run.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 12:46 pm

ZeeJayBrighton Ridge Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2008


Parked at the gate on the Guardsman Pass Road. Hiked up the west ridge of 10420. Hit 10420, Clayton, Preston/10315, 10321, Pioneer Peak, and Sunset Peak. Descended to Brighton via Lake Catherine. Great snow conditions. We didn't need either snowshoes or crampons. With Anne Perry. My 14th time up here.
Posted May 28, 2008 5:46 pm

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