We started at snowbird and hiked up through Gad valley. I loved all the wild flowers and the rocks on Red Top were so cool. I was relieved to find that going between the two peaks was so easy since I was a little worn out by the time we go there. We came down the other side towards the tram. Rather than going along the ridge line though we slid down to the road and ran back up that to the tram.
Came up via Gad Valley so we could get Red Top along the way. I was very surprised that I could not find a climbers log anywhere considering what a well-known peak this is. I was also surprised that we didn't see a soul from Red Top to Hidden Peak despite it being the July 4th holiday in the middle of the day with perfect weather (high 70's and sunny). I did a speed push from the East Twin to the South in 5 minutes, took a breather and ran back in 5:30...pretty much hit a wall on the way back ha ha. We then descended down the Northeast Ridge route down crazy steep crap to the mineral basin use road and back up to Hidden Peak before calling it a day. Good stuff.
Saw goats up high.
21 times. I like it best from White Pine in spring with a nice refreeze.
5/14/2012, 5/7/2012, 5/16/2011, 1/11/2011, 3/17/2009, 7/4/2008, 11/25/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/15/2007, 11/5/2007, 4/3/2007, 3/23/2007, 4/17/2004, 9/27/2003, 10/6/2001, 6/30/2001, 8/13/2000, 5/20/2000, 8/16/1998, 7/25/1998, late 80's or early 90's
I walked up the resort to where the tram goes to at about 10,000 feet and some guy asked if I walked up there...of course I did! And then I pointed to where I was going. I loved the traverse over the knife edge ridge. Thanks Twins!
Nothing to it. Continued on down to Snowbird.
Via Gad Valley
Beautiful twin peaks. 4th along the route. Some fun scrambling.
#2 - 8/13/17 Bullion Divide
Got off work early and met my friend at Snowbird where he had just finished a conference. We rode the tram to the top of Hidden Peak because it was already after 3pm. Weather was great so we went for the summits of the American Fork Twin Peaks via the Northeast ridge route. This route follows a knife edge ridge then up some steep, but easily manageable rock scrambling and finally up a scree field to the East (lower) summit. From there, it is a simple 10 minute walk across the broad ridge to the higher West summit. This is the highest point in Salt Lake County. It took us an hour and forty minutes to get up. We hung out for a bit then started back. We cut off the route just before the knife edge portion and dropped down into Gad Valley where we crossed some snow fields and descended the rest of the way down the resort. The scenery was amazing. Lots of snow (in AUGUST), very green, meadows and rivers everywhere. Saw lots of deer and three moose. Took us 2:14 to descend all the way back to the Cliff Lodge. Great trip, great weather, great scenery....
Hiked up Gad Valley Route, then up grassy slope to ridge, Red Top, and north to the summit. No one else was on the route while I was there, though a few parties were walking the ski resort roads in Gad Valley. Pretty straight forward summer scramble, little exposure.
Both AF Twins, Hidden, Baldy, then off to Alta.
07/13/06 Part of Bullion Divide with Kim and Jan
07/21/17: Red Baldy, Haystack, AF Twins and Hidden Peak
08/12/17: Up the spine and back down the spine
Started from Snowbird parking lot (Entry 2) on 8/14/10 at 6:30AM. Hiked Dick Bass Highway and the Gad Valley Trail past Mid-Gad Restaurant. Crossed west over a talus slope to the Gad Valley/Red Top Ridge. Ascended the Gad Valley/Red Top Ridge. Summited American Fork Twin Peaks (West Twin) at 11:22AM. Left for American Fork Twin Peaks (East Twin) at Noon. Summited American Fork East Twin at about 12:15PM. The entire day was clear & pleasant.
Began descent from American Fork East Twin at about 12:20PM. Descended the east ridge of American Fork East twin. Descended down a chute of scree before reaching the ridge that goes to Hidden Peak. Climbed the Cat trail to the Tram at Hidden Peak. Road the Tram to the Snowbird parking lot. Arrived at Snowbird parking lot (Entry 2) at 2:22PM.
Up White Pine, then off-trail up Eastern slopes to ridge. Occasional scramble on Red Baldy ridge. Then over Red Top to the Twins. Descended the Twins North Face in trail runners. Yikes!
09/13/10 part of Bullion Divide met with Chicagotransplant
6/30/14 Devil's to South Thunder
Highlight of a loop with Baldy, Sugarloaf and Hidden. Met up with Mooner on the summit of Baldy and we went up the Northeast Ridge to the summit of American Forks Twin Peaks. He continued on the ridge, while I went down via Gad Valley back to the village and my car.
Climbed AF Twins via Snowbird resort - "Dick Bass Highway" to Gad Valley to Gad II and up ridge to Red Top and then over. Beautiful clear day - could see SLC valley as well as Timp and Nebo to the south.
Note: Road construction is currently happening on Gad Valley Road around the Mid-Gad Restaurant. They were pretty insistent that no one go up that part of the 4wd road due to the large backhoes, etc. that may be moving up and down the road. Possibly a better option, until work is completed, would be to go to the end of the "Dick Bass Highway" and bushwack up the basin in front of you veering to the right where you could pick up the Gad II trail and completely avoid the Gad Valley Road ... just a thought ...
East and West Twin and Red Top...knee surgery from 7 months prior has bothering me along with construction noises at the sky resort made for a rather lackluster day. Better than being at work though.
Awesome hike- parked at Snowbird center, up Gad Valley to Gad 2 to Red Top, to the Twins, then along the ridge back to HDP and down Peruvian Gulch. Beautiful weather, awesome hike. Would have continued to Baldy, but we went down to hit up Oktoberfest.
I hiked over AF Twins on a ridge hike from Sugarloaf going to White Baldy in 2004.