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brekgroverCommunity Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2010

brekgrover

My wife, and my son and I made an attempt on Thurston on July 4th 2010 via the Great Western Trail. We managed to summit Layton Peak that day, but turned back due to heavy winds and cold temperatures we were not prepared for. My son and I took a crack at Thurston today and this time opted to try the Community Trail Route from the same Fernwood parking lot. This trail is steep, but gains elevation quickly. After two hours of hiking we were just below Chinscraper and Layton Peak. We traversed across the big drainage between Layton Peak and Thurston to the saddle just below and west of Thurston. From there it was a steep bushwhack to gain the summit as we could find no discernable trail. It took us 4 hours exactly to summit. We stayed on the summit for 30 minutes as temperatures were cold, but the wind was moderate. We ate lunch in the saddle and were back to the car in under 8 hours. The fall colors were magnificent, and I enjoyed a day in the mountains with my boy, and finally topping out Thurston!

GO UTES!!!
Posted Oct 17, 2010 11:17 pm

Pfeiffer75Solo ridge run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2010

Pfeiffer75

Did the ridge run from Francis. Tried to hit all of the sub peaks on the ridge. Still some significant snow fields on the east side. Nice day in the mountains
Posted Jul 21, 2010 1:54 pm

Bun84067Francis to Thurston  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Bun84067

Dropped the truck off just before the radar towers and made the trek. I should have consulted a map or paid more attention to Kadee's instructions as we covered more ground than we needed to, but we had a great time.
We ended up hiking up and over the Francis summit, and then up and over 9491. Coming off that we saw/heard a rattlesnake, which seemed odd at that elevation and for as relatively "chilly" as it was that day.
We met two guys at the top of 9491 who were ready to take a photo with a sign saying they were on Thurston. We corrected this and then the larger group made our way to Thurston. Again, I should have checked a map as I missed the easy path to the peak and had to scramble up from the west side.
Still some snow to walk through on the trail. Great views! Great day.
My iPhone GPS app showed that our return distance was 4.2 miles.
Posted Jul 7, 2010 11:52 pm

utclimberAdams Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010
Hiked up Thurston on snowshoes today, a warm but windy January day. Not too much snow down low, but up higher I was postholing even in snowshoes in unconsolidated snow and a breakable crust. Not that much snow up high either, but the base was near the ground.
Posted Jan 17, 2010 7:03 pm

ericwillhiteRidge hike and one on the ridgeline  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

ericwillhite

Hiked with the wife and kids. Don't miss peak 9491, trail goes just below the summit on way to Thurston. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah/county_highpoint/thurston_peak_080.htm
Posted Oct 1, 2009 10:47 pm

shphilbyFast  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

shphilby

Had to grab this one cuz kirt was one peak up on me. lol
Posted Sep 8, 2009 11:29 am

MikerHikerNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

MikerHiker

Hiked with Kadee. We started on the main road by Francis Peak, (didn't want to take the truck on the smaller back road) So we started at 8:38 in the morning, Nice day, followed the road to the head of Adams canyon then the trail the rest of the way. Found a Rattlesnake "Big one" right at the Peak. 9700 ft. Thats the highest I have ever seen a Rattler. Great Hike. Great company, 4 hours total
Posted Aug 9, 2009 3:46 pm

AllgauerjodlerMore effort than expected...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009
Via Francis Peak... It's about 4.5 miles, and who knows how much in elevation gain. The snow really slows you down, and you'll lose the trail completely in sections. But there's no scrambling needed to stick to the ridge, just be patient as you climb up, and then down, and then up, and then down... typical ridge hike. But it's beautiful, and a good early-year peak-bagging opportunity if you're attempting to bag them all in one summer.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 6:24 pm

DigiclimberNice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2002

Digiclimber

The hardest part of this was the drive up Farmington Canyon!
Posted Apr 2, 2009 11:31 am

LonePeakFreakThird Time's the Charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

LonePeakFreak

Traversed ridgeline from Francis in deep snow. The trail's in bad shape. Climbed to ridgeline from Fernwood Dr. trailhead twice (Feb '08 and early May '08) and got caught in whiteout conditions both times. Finally had clear skies and lots of sun in late June.
Posted Jun 24, 2008 8:30 pm

GarfimiFrancis Peak ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006

Garfimi

Drove up Farmington Canyon, started hiking where the dirt road turns into the trail. Had great weather until coming back, when my father-in-law and I got caught by a thunderstorm. Would love to do an early spring summit via Adams Canyon.
Posted Dec 31, 2007 12:04 am

OutdoorpartnerWhere is the trail?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2007

Outdoorpartner

I traversed over from Layton peak, which was quite a bushwacking adventure. I could not find a trail to go down; I made my own way down to the Great Western trail and then headed out. Summit log is in a jar under some rocks on the peak.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 11:10 pm

apachedinoFun Ridge Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2007

apachedino

Fun Ridge Run
Posted Aug 10, 2007 3:03 pm

KirtDavisFireworks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

KirtDavis

What a way to spend Independance Day! We parked at Smith Creek Lakes and bagged Thurston Peak just a few hours later.

It was hot, but not miserable. The wildflowers were showing their colors, and there was still some snow on the east side that I just had to make a snowangel in.
Posted Jul 4, 2007 9:49 pm

weeds19After work adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2002

weeds19

I had a chance to leave work a little early on a great October day. With perfect weather all around my wife and I made a quick hike up Thurston and made it home for the Packers game on Monday night football.
Posted Apr 19, 2007 12:20 am

soccermanFrom Kays Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2003

soccerman

I've been here a few times. We usually park at Kay's Creek and then hike up and over the mountain straight to my house in Morgan County. Fun hike. Very steep acent.
Posted Dec 26, 2006 3:42 pm

madsjimRoute: Francis Peak route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006

madsjim

Drove to the top of Francis and hiked the ridge. It was very enjoyable. The scenery is beautiful at the top and I enjoyed the leasurely hike over to Thurston. It is was fun, a little longer than I expected but worth the trip.
Posted Sep 10, 2006 7:14 am

DeanGreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Dean

Drove up the road instead of hiking up Kay's Creek as planned. Too hot to hike it from down below and I didn't have the time to do it from that route. Someday I'll hike it from the Fernwood Picnic area as originally planned. The last bit of road to Francis was a bit nervewracking but open all the way to Francis.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 1:41 pm

boojemDate Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!
Very nice ridge hike.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 1:46 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Frances Pk Date Climbed: 9 July 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful day. It was good to meet 2 other SPers on the summit with their fun living dogs.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 10:21 pm

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