The Highpoint of the Bullion Dive Ridge Run we did that day and my 11th County Summit. very fun with great views and some fun mild scrambling.
Five of us (my bro-in-law Ron Stagg, two nephews, Spencer Foutz & Walker Stagg, and my son Lance) took the 5 PM tram to Hidden Peak and arrived at Hidden Peak at 5:15 PM. All of us (except Ron who had hip problems) summited West Twin at 6:05 PM. We came up via the ridge and East Twin. On the way down we traversed the north face of East Twin (not recommended) and I got back in time to take the 7:00 tram ride down but since my hiking partners were not back yet I waited for the 7:30 tram. When they got there a micro burst hit the top of the mountain and we waited it out in the tram which turned out to be the last tram of the day.
Awesome views in all directions, but smokey because of fires in Utah County. We could smell the smoke as it seemed to be blowing directly at Red Top. Knife edge on decent to the east was fun, but loose stuff at top of east peak was very unpleasant.
My 4th ascent of these towering giants which overlook Snowbird Ski Resort was my 2nd winter ascent. Thanks to Lana for excellent support and stamina. We attained the northern part of the ridge west of Gad Valley, then followed the ridge to the west twin and the east twin and then down to the low point on the gnarly spine which leads to Hidden Peak. A few spots were dicey. From there a cautious descent to the Road to Provo and back up to the tram for a respite from the swirling winds. Without crampons we would never have made it. TH to tram was @ 7 hrs. #5 on 5-20-08 with a 3:30 a.m. Gad valley start under a full moon slowly sinking in the southwestern sky. No wind (!) on the west summit. Had to hike down since the tram was not operational. Back to the car in 6+40 total time. Thanks to Dave & Lana. #6 8-5-08 w/ Brent, Lana & Dave. Our ridge run included Red Baldy and Haystack and the peak south from the east A.F. Twin Peak. Perfect day. #7 5-5-09 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Ole! With Dave - booted first two hours, snowshoes to East Twin Peak, crampons down. Traversed the entire knife-edge spine on awesome if not scary corniced rock ridges. 4+00 to East Twin Peak. #8 5-15-10 W/ Walt. Heavy soft snow. Of course we bagged Haystack before the twins; 4+33 to west Twin. Boots to 9,400', then crampons. 2+40 back to White Pine TH. Gorgeous day. #9 6-22-10 W/ Dave. Part of reverse Bullion Divide from White Pine TH to White Baldy, Red Baldy, Haystack, the Twins and over to Hidden Peak & the welcome tram ride down. Crampons from Maybird bridge to just below White Baldy summit, then scrambling mixed with snow ridges, even on the knife-edge to Hidden Peak. Great day. 9+ hrs to tram. #10 on 10-2-10 w/ Brent & Jans from White Pine TH to saddle s of Haystack, then Haystack and the twins. Scurried across the knife-edge to Hidden Peak and took the tram down to a waiting Oktoberfest with oompah music at Snowbird resort. Perfect fall weather. #11 on 1-11-11 (!) w/ Dave & ZeeJay. 4+28 up, very cold, had to don crampons half way up the west side of Haystack (Red Top). 2+28 down via nw ridge of Haystack. #12 6-7-11 W/ Dave (& Brian & Christine on skis) from the Bird via the Pipeline Chute. Steeep! #13 7-10-12 W/ Brent. Part of reverse Bullion Divide as far as Hidden Peak. 0+50 from East AF peak to Hidden Peak. #14 & #15 7-9-13, 7-11-13 on nice weather days from White Pine TH over Red Top and on to Hidden, Mt. Baldy (& Sugarload on the 9th) and then ride tram down - the only way to go down! #16 7-21-17 W/ Dave, Brent & Lana. WP Th, Red Baldy, Red Top Mtn, here, then via the Spine to catch the tram down. Quite the day. #17 7-24-17 W/ Lana. First to Hidden Pk, then the spine to the summits, back over the spine to catch the tram down. #18 8-12-17 w/ Brent & Lana from Snowbird via Hidden Pk and the spine. #19 6-22-18 w/ Lana & Broc. Part of Bullion Divide from Red Baldy to Hidden Peak. Breezy but nice. From WP TH.
My wife and I hiked this one from Snowbird and took the tram down. The ridge line definitely looks worse than it actually is. We enjoyed the hike and the great views. This summit put us one peak away from completing the UT county highpoints.
I went up the tram with my family and My dad, two brothers and I began to hike over to these peaks along the ridgeline. My younger brother and dad turned back after a little because the ridgeline was a little much for them.
I was intimidated in a few spots, but we made it in time to see a fire burning in the distance!
Dean and I rode the tram up and then hiked over to American Fork Twin Peak. We bypassed most of the ridge line both coming and going.
Instead of going right at the ridgeline (where I had a nasty accident last year), Dennis and I went up to the black rock part of the ridge from a steep slope from Mineral Basin. We met 5 guys coming down who had traversed over from White Pine Lake as we ascended up the spine of East Twin. It was nice to get this one off of my back and I enjoyed the tremendous views from the West Twins summit. Awesome. My TR is HERE
Flew in from Atlanta and grabbed the tram up to Hidden Peak. The weather was troublesome for me (being a flatlander) but the sun shone when I hit both Twins. Was tempted by Red Stack but the weather and the fact that this was my "acclimatization day" sent me scree skiing down. Spooked PellucidWombat's goat at the very top of Pipeline Couloir. Nice day.
A nice peak I've been on time and time again. I think I've been able to hike this peak every year for several years now. Didnt feel so good on my descent but the ascent wasnt bad. made it in 3 hours from cecret lake.
This was probably the best part of my trip along the Bullion Divide. I wasn't too tired and it felt great to stand on top of the world.
Date climbed: Sept 2002. Blizzard on top. Summitted Red Top Mtn. on the way. Saw two moose sitting next to a pond on the descent back into White Pine. Fun!
hiked it with the Boy Scouts for that day when you flash mirrors to other peaks (I forget the name). Came up the mining road above Silver Lake Res. and camped above 10,000 ft. Fun trip with awesome views.
A fun way up, If you have had sleep and food before you go. It is a fun 3rd class ridge before you get to the steep section to the summit.
Started at Silver Lake in AF hiked up to the saddle between red baldy and white baldy. Went up and over red baldy then down and up red top and then to twin peaks.
Came up via Snowbird roads in Gad Valley. Avalanche control explosive debris can be found all over the boulders heading up to the WhitePine/GadValley ridge. I saw a helicopter ferry a stricken climber down from below Pfeifferhorn...I later heard a couple of boulders rolled on top of her on a hillside.
Summited along with madsjim. The ridge is fun, and in my opinion much more "knife-edge" than the Pfeifferhorn, though with less exposure. I doubt anybody else summitted that day.
I kind of cheated by taking the tram to Hidden Peak, but I just wanted a nice little hike and the ridge was great fun. I don't think the knife edge is as bad as some may say, at no point is there any real exposure to danger.
Biked to the top of the tram and ditched our bikes. Then took the ridgeline to the West. A bit gnarly in places. Descended via the shale slope then picked up the Road to Provo back to our bikes.