This was my third trip to the Oquirrhs for skiing/peak-bagging, and the first time there was no whiteout on the summit. I was very glad to finally see the incredible views.
10/27/2007 Up the west side of Lewiston, over to Flat Top, and down Halls Basin.
8/4/2001 With Fred G., as above, but also made a side trip to 10340 which is east of Flat Top.
nice views, the trail is pretty overgrown, and lots of flies. 2wd TRD tacoma made it up and down the road fine. started about half mile below the saddle. 3 hours up, 1hr45min down. lots of flowers too.
Climbed from the main saddle at 8000 feet up South Fork Canyon. Pretty straightforward climb to Lewiston and then a ridge walk over to Flat Top. The drive was the worst part. Ended up doing $400 of damage to the underbody of my ford getting hung up on a boulder in South Fork canyon
Second climb on 6/4/2012. The road up south fork canyon is still in bad shape
I climbed Lewiston and Flat Top today with very low visibility. Not too much snow yet, maybe a foot or a little more up high. Flat Top probably received 4 inches or so today while I was up there.
I've started my list of Ultra peaks now. This was a magnificent peak. Definitely know why they call it Flat Top. And I had it all to myself! I didn't see a single other person the entire day. It was a gorgeous day with light winds from the south. It was warm and I was in a t-shirt all day. Absolutely perfect day!
Hiked this one with my 18-year old son. Spur of the moment decision. Tougher than I expected. Beautiful day for a hike though. 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Hiked from 8,100-foot elevation trailhead that originates from road out of Ophir Canyon. We were the second set of signatures in the logbook for the day. See summit log of Mr. Winters below ;-).
Drove up South Fork from Ophir to 8,060 ft and the trailhead. Ascended to the west ridge and contoured on Lewiston Peak's northwest slopes to the summit. Ran into a herd of elk on the ridge. Returned via Lewiston Peak's summit on down the west ridge adding about 0.3 miles to the roundtrip 6.8 miles.
A friend from Seattle really wanted this mountain so I consented to doing it again. Driving the road was a reminder that this most likely will be the last time I ever do this peak. It was worse than I remembered but at least the road was open. I drove to 8100 feet and parked and we then found the trail which helped us to Lewiston Peak. From there we descended snow to the connector ridge to Flat Top Peak, which we enjoyed for about five minutes before an electrical storm in the area chased us off.
First peak of the hiking season. Was great to see the Oquirrh Mtn. Range. I had no idea how beautiful these mountains are.
This was my first "real" hike in a few years. I'm newly married, and mostly out of shape. This was a tough one for me. The weather was iffy, there were pouring rainstorms and intimidating thunder storms surrounding us the majority of the hike. We lucked out and never got hit with it. The trail was shoddy, at best, and very frustrating at times. It was very rewarding, however. The views were spectacular! A very interesting location, which I knew almost nothing about. Very glad I did it, and will hopefully come back later in life. Loved it.
Happy to say the road to the saddle is open, though very rough. Also no one has descrebed "Val's trail" which switches back through the forest before meeting up with lewiston ridge at a small saddle. Lot's of very old tree carvings here (almost all before 80's many from early 1900's, one from 1907! Lot's of helicopter activity and landing on the ridges, fresh tire tracks from them in the snow on both lewiston and flat top. What is with the doorbell on the solar shed on flat top? that is eery, is there like a tunnel that goes down below that because there is absolutely no use for a doorbell for a shed that small. Weird.
Very warm day, more like September than december, very clear with views from logan to Uintahs, entire wasatch front, Mine camp peak, Ibapah, moroni, Wheeler peak (maybe even North schell? not sure but very far away, further than wheeler but to the north.) Pilot and the raft river range and everything in between. Fabulous, fog in the salt flats down low in the morning gave the appearance of islands to all the small ranges to the west.
Did Via Ophir Canyon, poor snow in the wasatch, went for something unique, I think in 94.
The South Fork Road was blocked at its start 1.2 miles past Ophir. Did a great climb loop trip climbing Porphyry Hill, Peak 8790, Lewiston, Flat Top, "East Flat Top" 10,340, and Peak 9925. Dropped down 9925 NW Ridge in perfect snowshoing conditions. Thats 5 ranked summits and Lewiston in 9.5 hours, 6300 gain, 14 miles RT. Trip report at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/oquirrh_mountains/flat_top_mountain_181.htm
Climbed from Ophir and traversed Mt. Lewiston ridge. We made a stop on top of Mt. Lewiston while we were at it. A very nice day.
Almost made it but inclimate weather stopped us after we slogged through knee deep snow.. I'll never forget my snowshoes again!
Climbed Lewiston Peak via West Ridge, Ophir Canyon. Stopped short of Flat Top due to time constraints. Having a high clearance vehicle would've helped considerably, as we had to walk the road three miles each way just to reach the pass at 8,060 feet on Lewiston's ridge.
This climb was done in marginal weather, very cool and wet for early September. It wound up being the first of eight 5000-foot prominence peaks in eight days, five in Utah and three in Nevada. The other seven in order were Nebo, Ibapah, Deseret, and Timanogos in Utah, followed by Wheeler, North Schell, and Star in Nevada. Fun trip!
Early season, the West Canyon gate was open, and we were allowed to pass. We climbed the peak, with lots of snow. We didn't bring snowshoes and this slowed us down.
I like the Oquirrh's, but unfortunately, the range has some significant private property issues. Luckily, this is about the only range in Utah that has many private property issues.
Four of us climbed this peak in the midst of a thunderstorm, waiting out the worst part of the storm before we continued on. We were snowed on, hailed on and rained on and when we reached the summit we were mainly in the clouds. Some days you take what you can get. I climbed this with Bob Bolton, Adam Helman and my son Brad. On our descent via Halls Basin, we had a run in with a landowner and almost ended up dealing with the sheriff. Don't go via Halls Basin, go over Lewiston and then back over Lewiston.