Parked the CRV that didn't have enough clearance and mountain biked the remaining 3 miles to the trailhead before hiking the last 0.2 miles. The West Valley Fire smoke near St. George was starting to reach the Sevier Plateau at this time. Otherwise, the skies were clear. Ran into a hunter scoping out the area for elk since he had a tag for the fall.
Hitched a ride up most of the way on an ATV and hiked the remaining 0.2 miles.
With Big Flat and 9549.
I took advantage of an immediate family reunion at Fsihlake to grab a county highpoint. My family camped at Bowery creek campground. I took the trail that takes off just up the road from the campground host and meets up with the pelican canyon trail after about a mile. I took the right hand fork at the pond. The summit is truly unique. I decided to walk south on the road to try and find the way that would bring me through the left hand fork. I did not find it and ended up bushwhacking quite a bit. It was still fun. Some day I'd like to go up there and see where the left fork goes. Took me 2 1/2 hours up and just under 2 hours down.
4.1 miles from pelican point trailhead up the right hand fork to the high point. Gorgeous June day. Snow has just melted in the last week or two. Lots of wildflowers and bird to enjoy along the hike. The whole thing took me 3 hours 45 min up and back. UT CoHP # 13 for me.
We drove almost to the top and then hit the summit, Point 11567, and Whiskey Knoll. I don't remember any views from the actual summit, but the views from 11567 and Whiskey Knoll were great. We also did Big Flat/10897 and Point 9549.
From Pelican Canyon. There is still a lot of snow above 10,500 feet. Once on the plateau I was able to follow GPS coordinates to within a few boulders of the summit. It was a perfectly clear day and I was able to enjoy the great views while eating lunch on top. Last person to sign the summit register was in early April. On the way back to SL I did Monroe Peak outside of Richfield, another 4k prominence peak.
Snowshoed all the way to the hightop via Pelican Canyon. For the first part of the route it was pretty easy to follow the summer trail. As the elevation increased it got harder to tell where the trail went and was easier to just keep moving up in generally the correct direction.
Once on top of the plateau, visibility dropped to 150-200ft due to blowing snow but I easily found the high point using my GPS. Had a short lunch, signed the log, and snowshoed back down.
Finally found the summit. Never really found a trail!
Hot Tub For one please! Now this is my type of place. Bouldering, Grouse to chase, lakes to swim in. Then a nice little cold tub for one on the summit for me. Yep, pretty sure this is a favorite. I really enjoyed out jumping the humans up onto the summit rock.
It looks like there are a few single pitch rock climbs that you can do near the summit.
This mountain was unique. The approach reminded me of jaunts through the Wasatch, but the plateau was special. It was one continuous meadow with trees and large boulders strewn about like the headstones of long past giants.
It made me want to get a cookie dough blizzard (which happened).
*Note: the mosquitoes were lame and I ended up running down the last mile of trail.
Warm temperatures and pressure fluctuations from rain the previous day had encouraged the sap to flow freely and abundantly from the trees - you could see the amber resin dripping down from all of the branches and boles. So lovely! Nothing more perfect than walking through these conifer stands on a summer day.
Something around 12 miles round trip from the Pelican Canyon Overlook took us to the top of Fish Lake Hightop. I personally found the entire hike quite exquisite. The grove of Aspen was spectacular near the trailhead. The shaded canyon offered enticing scents of fir trees that reminded you of Christmas morning. Grouse protecting young from fallen logs over moss covered streams gave you that reminder you are in true wilderness. The top with the boulders in the meadow to remind you of a bygone cemetery. There was the top with waterpockets in the large boulders and you can't hate the opportunities to walk among ancient volcanoes. Springs sprung from many different areas on this hike, and not to mention a small lake 3 miles up Pelican Canyon. This was one incredible hike. Well I mean it was ok.
Great fall colors and an interesting plateau with great views. An enormous full yellow moon lit our way down. Fish lake looks like an its perched on the edge of the world from near the trailhead. Backpacked in Dark Canyon for 5 days after this and Ellen.
Wanted to see Pando, the aspen colony, and climb this while I was at it. The aspen were really spectacular and a really pleasant hike. The summit boulder had a bunch of puddles with a lot of tadpoles in them. Pretty cool.
Hiked up through Pelican Canyon. My black dog Rocky got overheated, so I had to wrap him in my white t-shirt, and soak it with water. He cooled off quickly, but I ended up sunburned. Lot of work for a pile of rocks...
Drove up the 4WD road from Eric's instructions. I think that it might actually be faster to hike up Pelican. :)
The hike itself isn't too bad. I started out from the west side, but bailed because of lightning. The weather appeared to clear, so I tried again from Pelican Point.
I don't know if I ate something bad, was too dehydrated or what, but I did not feel well during my time on top of the plateau. Made it back to the trees before the lightning returned.
From the parking lot we went straight up. i was calling with my elk calls and must of called in a heard of elk because i had elk everywhere. Just when we made it to the top a snow storm hit and we had to walk out in the snow and darkness.
#1 8-27-09 This is a pleasant hike. For the most part the trail is easy to follow although a couple of the signs can be confusing. I will post some sort of report if I can and include pictures to help those looking for better hints than the ones in the two county highpoint books in publication. They are outdated in many respects. #2 5-27-13 Obwohl ich wunderbare Geselschaft hatte so war diese Wanderung schwer da es so viel Schnee gegeben hat das der richtige Weg unmoeglich zu folgen war. Trotzdem haben wir es geschafft!