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Brian Kalet3 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2016

Brian Kalet

With Francis Peak & Snow Horse Ridge.
Posted Jan 15, 2018 5:04 pm

LazyJSkwiresCloudy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2017


It was cold and cloudy at the top. Not a whole lot else to say. Couldn't see anything up there
Posted Oct 6, 2017 5:37 pm

BKiser90Francis to Thurston  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2017


Great little hike from the hiking area below Francis. The views from on top were amazing as it was a relatively clear summer day. Had the peak all to ourselves for about a half hour. Could see west to Pilot Peak in NV, east to the Uintas, down south to Mt. Nebo, and north to the Bear River Range.
Posted Jul 30, 2017 7:05 pm

morrelli64Half of it was in snow.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2016


Started near Francis and worked the way over to Thurston. About half the trail was still covered in deep snow, which made for a slower going and nerve ending climb. The views, oh the views!
Posted Jun 11, 2016 4:03 pm

bdz132Sunrise from Thurston  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2015


I left in the evening after work and hiked up part way via Kays Creek. I pitched my tent at the campsite with the stove and fire pit. It was much colder than I expected, with snow on the ground. I left an hour before sunrise and reached the summit as the sun was coming up. Great view.

Thanks to Moogie737 for the thorough trip report. I think I wouldn't have been able to follow the trail without it.
Posted Oct 27, 2015 7:58 pm

Highpointer1837Great Fall Color.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2014


Made the hike on a beautiful fall day. Fall foliage was at peak.
Posted Aug 8, 2015 6:33 pm

DarrenKnezekFrancis to Thurston and Back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015


Drove up to saddle near Francis Peak. Hiked over to Francis and back. Gorgeous Hike. Hit all the sub-peaks as well.
Posted Jul 12, 2015 12:53 pm

kteichertRidge Walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014


Took the ridge from Francis across to Thurston. I followed the trail under the summit to the northwest ridge of Thurston and then up. Followed the same route down. I think if I ever did this hike again, I'd head up the Southeast ridge of Thurston and cut off a little. Trail was a little overgrown, but the route is pretty straight forward. Round trip 10 miles and 2500' of elevation gain.
Posted Aug 19, 2014 1:56 pm

abrennalinerushThirstin' for Thurston  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014


Sorry, but I just had to use a gross title like utahguy058. I really enjoyed this ridge run! It's always fun to scamper [relatively effortlessly] across multiple summits. So pretty, too! Started just below Francis and hiked across to hit Thurston followed by Peak 9491 and finally Francis on the way back. Some girls on dirt bikes were confused that we were afoot. Silly girls.
Posted Jul 27, 2014 4:26 pm

PrinceOfNorwayRidge Fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014


It really isn't your typical drive-up. There's plenty of mileage and vert to be had going from Francis to Thurston, especially if you hit Peak 9491. Make it a Three-fer and everyone in your group will thank you. Great sunset too, BTDubbs.
Posted Jul 27, 2014 12:30 pm

utahguy058Thurston For Less  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014


For some reason in my head I thought this was going to be a quick little jaunt, instead it was a four hour ordeal. It however was gorgeous! The ridge climb up to Thurston definitely was a good workout, and was happy when the summit was reached! The views were incredible, I have to admit I quite liked it. Also hit peak 9491 along the way and Francis. Triple peak day!
Posted Jul 27, 2014 12:29 pm

AjaxHikerFrom Francis Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014
This was a fun little hike, although a little harder than I expected due to some lingering snow and missing the final ascent to the peak. Not paying attention & thinking I hadn't gone far enough yet, skirted around Thurston to the west on a game trail & thereby got to hike some of the ridgeline north. Found the summit on my way back.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 5:35 pm

Apexrockvia Fernwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2014


Headed up to Layton Peak via the Great Western Trail and then ridge hopped our way over to the Thurston Peak. Great views!
Posted May 19, 2014 5:05 pm

sharpaScrub oak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2014


Took the Adams Canyon north ridge route. The morning was nice... breezy, partly cloudy, cool. There was no snow to deal with until the trail turned towards the cabin. I postholed up to the spur ridge where I could see the summit/summit ridge. To get to the ridge is a miserable bushwack through scrub oak. Once on the ridge the snow was quite deep but most of it was consolidated fairly well. I walked the ridge all the way to the summit.

This is a fun route but I could do without the scrub oak. I hate that stuff!
Posted Apr 20, 2014 5:58 pm

ZeeJayCommunity Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013


Started at the Fernwood TH and took the community trail to Layton Peak and then followed the ridge to Thurston. On the way back, took a side trip to the "Layton Nipple"
Posted Oct 26, 2013 7:37 pm

MoonerUp I Go


09/20/13 Started Biking from where the road split to go to either Bountiful or Francis Peak. Hit Francis first and biked all the way to Thurston and then back to my car. RT Time was 4hr 15 mins.... Could have been faster but my dog Nebo came and ran the whole way.
Posted Sep 20, 2013 9:26 pm

yadahzoemtnVia Kays Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012


Long day.
Posted Sep 14, 2013 8:35 pm

scgrantVia Francis  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


9/1/2013 From Francis followed the ridge, up and over all the highpoints along the way to Thurston. Easy gentle ridge with great views.
Posted Sep 1, 2013 5:57 pm

Fleshj27No Tomato Can  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013


Failed from the North. Failed from the west. Decided to brute force this one and drove up to Francis Peak. Even with the elevation bonus, it is still an 8.5 mile out and back. Made many bad choices (which turned out interesting) and turned a relatively easy hike into a 7 hour epic. Gotta do it again!
Posted Jun 15, 2013 9:07 pm

Moogie737Various routes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2004


First time via the Francis Peak route. 1+12 in spite of getting off the trail several times. Windy. Farmington Canyon sucks. #2 9-15-12 via Kay's Creek trail. This is a long trail on which one becomes adept at following switchbacks and then enduring lengthy stretches of contouring. Plan a full day if using this route. :) #3 9-29-12 Solo. Explored some new nuances to the route. Once on the west "summit" ridge, the better way is to head directly up the ridge to the summit. A small amount of bushwhacking will be necessary. 3+45 up, 2+35 down. Gorgeous fall colors in the maples. Found a full grown Golden Eagle drinking at the spring!
Posted Sep 16, 2012 10:14 pm

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