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nebbenRoute Climbed: Farmington Ridge Date Climbed: June 25, 2003  Sucess!


I had been to Francis Peak (before 9/11) several times by car. Now, the gate was locked a mile or so below the summit. I followed the 4wd road around the East side of Francis, and eventually on a single track trail that went over the bumps of the ridge. It was all near sunset and just plain awesome. I crossed an eastfacing snowfield when it was slushy on the way to Thurston. On the way back, it was hard ice and extremely precarious in tennis shoes. Next time I'll kick better steps, bring crampons, or just avoid the snow slope altogether and go over the ridge. Fantastic views to the Uintas, Stansbury mountains, Little Cottonwood canyon, etc. Too many 4 wheelers come out after dark though.

I had attempted this peak at least twice previously as a teenager and only got up halfway before giving up because of excessive bushwhacking on the trail from behind the castle. (I hadn't ever tried on Farmington ridge before)
Posted Apr 9, 2005 5:07 pm

imontopRoute Climbed: Adams Canyon Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


I'll add the route later. If you want a challenge, this is the route. Alot of bushwacking, but most of that was my own stupidity! Oh yeah! Rattlesnakes! lots of 'em!
Posted Feb 24, 2005 4:25 pm

skirob00Route Climbed: Francis peak ridge Date Climbed: Feb 1 2005  Sucess!
Tons of snow. Hiked/Snowshoed from the gate below the weather station. This adds a mile or two on the trip but still a great winter hike away from the SLC crowd. Crampons would have been nice, a little icy on some of the east facing exposures in the A.M.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 3:53 am

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Farmington Ridge Date Climbed: July-2004  Sucess!


Brought my mountain bike for the first mile or so and continued on foot to the peak, had the place to myself, great weather. Did the round trip in just over two hours... biked and ran a good portion of the trail.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 8:08 pm

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: via Francis Peak, via Kays Creek Date Climbed: 1996, 2003  Sucess!


Very enjoyable via Francis Peak. Open ridges, great views. Not so enjoyable from Kays Creek, steep and long!
Posted Apr 18, 2004 9:53 pm

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