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Tracyfrom the end of the 4WD ridgeline road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012


I started this hike at 6:05 am after sleeping by my jeep at the trailhead. I was back by 8:30 including a summit of Pk 9491. This enabled me to bag Weber & Box Elder Co. highpoints and still drive to McCall, Idaho later in the day.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 12:16 am

stokelSteep!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2012


Completed in approximately 4:40. Incredibly steep, hurting just as much going down as going up. Took the Kays Creek trail. Requires bushwhacking for the last 0.25-0.5 mile to the summit (depending on where you jump off the Great Western Trail).
Posted Jun 15, 2012 6:09 pm

bsstumpyThurston Peak via Kays Creek   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2011


My wife and I decided to climb Thurston from the west side using the Kays Creek Great Western Trail from Fernwood picnic area. The Farmington Canyon access road to Francis has been closed all year and who knows when it will be reopened. The trail up was very long and quite steep in places. Below Layton Peak and Chin Scraper there was lots of hard icy snow. Being without our crampons and ice axes we elected to bushwack up to the ridge north of Layton Peak. Very time consuming and tough. From Layton Peak we traversed south losing as little vertical as possible. Eventually we bushwacked again, working around some icy snow patches, up to Thurston Peak. Found the mailbox buried in dirt near the monument. Put it under some nearby boulders. After a small break we followed our ascent route backwards including all the bushwacks getting back to our car minutes before darkness. Counting all breaks and visiting a few hikers down low it took us 10 hours round trip. This ups our Utah County highpoint total to 17. Climbing Utah's county highpoints has been a new challenge and adventure for us since completing 49 state highpoints in 2010. Great Fall colors on a perfect weather day made this hike very rewarding.
Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:23 pm

voxnihiliRidge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2009


After work, drove to Francis and hiked across. Beautiful sunset.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:36 pm

americanswissThurston  Sucess!


Summited via long west ridge from Adams trailhead. Overnighted at Adams Cabin. Friend and I had it to ourselves. Stocked with good food so we left supplies for karma. Good consolidated snow last two thirds of ridge. Didn't need snowshoes until descent. Snowed most of the day. Hardcore bushwacking to be done for about 45 minutes after one passes the cabin to regain the ridge. Still no trail past cabin. Stayed on the rock to do some scrambling although not necassary. No view from summit because of storm.
Posted Feb 24, 2011 2:53 am

brekgroverCommunity Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2010


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!

Posted Oct 17, 2010 11:17 pm

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

KirtDavisFireworks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007


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


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

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