Took me 3 tries to get this ridge. First attempt we ran into lightning about 1/2 way through and had to scale down the north cliffs, 2nd time we started at Sundial and finished at Superior and missed the middle. Third time got the whole thing! Love the knife edge ridges, and exposure:) Good challenge, and a long day! Hiked with Lisa Kolanko
An awesome hike on the last day of good weather. Good people, good times.
Maybe not the most noteworthy or elegant way of doing this, but I have finally been on all points of this route...
1) Summited Broads a couple of years before I knew about the ridge,
2) Solo effort from Broads:Sunrise saddle to peak 11,033 above Sundial, quit due to time, exhaustion, being nervous to do the crux alone & being low on water. I think this was in 2010?
3) Sept 2014 WMC trip from Sundial to Superior & back out via lake Blanche.
Intensity describes this one.
7/20/2014 With WMC.
8/11/2012 Climbed with WMC. We came up Broads Fork and summited East and West Twin before working our way to Superior. We completed the loop by descending to Lake Blanche and out Mill B.
07/04/10 with WMC
I first did it July of 95, Broads and Down Blanche, 96 did the same route. In 2005 I did a route I called Sunrise to Sunset. Up Broads, over Jepsens Folly to Sunrise, then ran the ridge to Sunset Peak. Did the regular traverse July 19 2008 with the WMC descended to Alta on that trip. Did my fifth yesterday 8/11/12, Seventeen years after my traverse, it hurts a bit more the day after at this age!
Started trail at 5:30 AM up Broad's fork, summited both Twins, and then descended to Alta after climbing Monte Cristo & Superior. Very hot day. Cottonwood Ridge is a real test of endurance. I ran out of water just before Blanche Peak. My companions rationed some of theirs, otherwise I would have been in serious trouble
On 9-18-07: Twelve hours and seven minutes of non-stop action and fun. With Matt, Dennis and Lana. Not a route for beginners or those afraid of heights. Cool conditions made for a very nice day, but the incessant south wind was at times aggravating. The Sunrise west buttress and the west face of Monte Cristo are stimulating little challenges. :) Second time, 7-19-08, on the hottest day of the year, and I recommend the cooler fall date. This time we hit both of the Twin Peaks and the total time was 12+40. If you do this in heat, take more water than you think you will need! With Brent, Matt, Lee, Brad and Rich. #3 on 7-3-10 Ideal day, both Twin Peaks, a ton of lingering snow from the cool May temps. WMC with Dave, Greg, Jake, Brent, Lubos, Julia and Tanner. Return via Lake Blanche drainage. 13+55 total. #4 8-11-12 WMC hike w/ Brad Y. and Sam G. Warm but not sweltering. Loop from Mill B South TH. Total time a little over 12+30. I now remember why it is has been two years since doing this. :)
Broads Fork to East Twin, Sunrise, Dromedary, then Blanche Peak, Monte Cristo, Superior, and Cardiff Pass. I was with Lana, Michael and Dennis. Great day, and with this route I finished all of my outdoor goals or 2007. Lots of exposure along the way, especially on the approach to Monte Cristo after Blanche Peak. Awesome ridge.
Climbed up the Lisa Falls Direct route to Broad Fork West Twin. Good weather and temperatures but a little smoky/hazy out. Scrambling on the ridge was awesome. I descended down to Cardiaff pass and then to Alta. Did the whole trip in just under 9 hrs solo. The nice thing about starting at Lisa Falls (3 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon) was that when I finished in Alta I just coasted down on bike to where my car was parked. I guess that's what have to do when you hike by yourself with no shuttle...
Hiked with Greg(gjagiels.) Lots of fun, interesting scrambling and found it more challenging than Wildcat Ridge or the Beatout. Despite being sprayed by a skunk and picking up a tick in Ferguson, had an absolute blast! Joseph Bullough's description was spot on for the scrambling as you approach Monte Cristo's west face.
This is one of my favorite ridge traverses in the Wasatch along with the Alpine Ridge to the south. It's a long day of scambling on a narrow ridgeline and climbing over several peaks along the way. There are great views in every direction.