Time to summit 2:24:41 hrs. Fun hike! Kahtoola crampons and axe came in handy once again. Still a good sized snow field from the basin up to the ridge. Saw one goat.
Pellucidwombat and I started out up Broads Fork for about half an hour, then headed up west cross-country until we gained the NE ridge which we followed to the summit. Conditions were perfect. Practically the entire ridge was free from snow. Fun and interesting variation!
My first climb of Twin Peaks was made by Stairs Gulch. I enjoyed the rock scrambling and snow hiking very much. The rock in Stairs Gulch was very loose and it was impossible trying not to hit anyone below you. The climb up both Twin Peaks along the ridge was great. It ended up being a long day. We got hit by a snow storm while descending down Broads Fork but the fun glissading made up for this.
I did this peak with a friend of mine who got me into rock and ice climbing. We started at the Broads Fork trailhead and hiked to the meadow. From here we took a faint trail to the West that lead to the ridge some 2000' vertical above. This was a difficult assent due to the steepness thru a long bolder field and up thru dirt and loose rock. Once we attained the ridge the traveling became more interesting and pleasent. We traversed on a ridge heading South with outstanding views in every direction. This ridge was mainly slabby boulders with great exposure on either side and required some route finding skills to find the safest and easiest way to the base of the peak. Once at the base we started climbing up thru more bolders all the way to the summit of the East Twin. Upon reaching the summit we noticed thunder clouds overhead and didn't stay long. We descended the traditional route. A great hike with awsome views.
This is one my my favorites in the Wasatch. Great views and there are a lot of good late spring mountaineering routes up Broads Fork
7/3/2009- Grand plans of doing the Cottonwood Ridge with Matt Van Horn were thwarted by dark clouds moving in over the route. We went up Robinsons variation and hit both the East and West twin before aborting.
I've been thwarted from this summit three stinkin' times.
1st: Broads Fork - father wimped out on the exposed ridge (crack?)
2nd: Deaf Smith/Hounds Tooth -got way off route initially w/miserable bushwacking and gave up.
3rd: Robinson Variation - made it to the ridge when storm clouds swept in from the west. This time, we at least saw several mt. goats clamboring just below us on the cliffs. (Kick myself to this day for not having a camera.)
Tears on the first ascent!
Cheers on the second ascent with Kung Po for dinner!
Incredible mountain. The long haul up the Broads Fork cirque is tedious upon descent. Try this mountain in June when you can glissade rather than hop through the boulders.
While a student at the University of Utah, I climbed to the double summit of Twin Peaks over fifty two years ago. Climbing with a classmate, one Jerry DeGettis, It took me almost twelve hours up and down and I remember stumbling along the trail back to my car well after dark. We lunched on the west summit next to the mail box and admired the view that took in the entire Wasatch Range from Mount Ogden to Timpanogos.
I was delighted to see Twin Peaks on the cover of Time Magazine just before the 2002 Winter Olympics. The subsequent gold medal winner in figure skating (Hughes) was depicted doing a triple axel in the sky above Twin Peaks' fishtail crown. Since childhood I have considered Twin Peaks which looms above and behind Mount Olympus the most majestic peak in the Wasatch as it is viewed from downtown Salt Lake City.
Ascended via Storm Mountain and the full Robinson Ridge, then continued on to do the Triple Traverse and descend via Lake Blanche. A storm front was moving in, and we encountered steady 20-30mph winds with 40-50mph gusts.
I finally did the standard route. Went up w/ the Wasatch Mtn Club. The wildflowers were in full bloom, there were some mountain goats, and the overcast skies kept it from getting too hot. Luckily the thunderstorms held off until later in the day.
I'd been looking over the canyon above Lisa falls as a way to climb Sunrise pk or the Broads Fork Twins for some time. Since I wanted to do the Triple Traverse, I opted to try finding a way up to the summit of the Broads Fork Twin Peaks from the canyon.
The route I did was great! I have no idea if it is covered in any guidebooks but it is certainly is worthy of such coverage - nice variety in views, climbing terrain/rock, class 4 scrambling, etc. I'll definitely put the route up on this page soon :)
July 30 1993: Via Broads Fork. There was still a lot of snow due to the heavy snow year.
May 1990s: Via Tanners Gulch. I don't know the date.
February 20 1999: Via Hounds Tooth Ridge. This was the toughest winter climb I have ever done and the longest winter day I have dones as well.
Had a great trip, did this during the week and didn't run into anyone until half way back down. Also went up into the basin on snow shoes over the winter.
Great hike! It was a record elevation gain on a trail for me. The routefinding was a little tricky, but the views made it well worth it! Definitely one of my favorite peaks in the Wasatch
This was my first time on the summit. Please read the trip report for details. I have since been up the summit several times. It is one of my favorites in the Wasatch.
Challenging climb to one of the great peaks of the Wasatch. Stunning scenery! Prefer Robinson Variation to standard route unless snowfields are present.