Drove up to the base of Francis then bagged it on the way to Thurston. Great road conditions. Got up there in a sedan. Like everyone else says on this site, the views from the top are quite breathtaking.
Nine hours round trip from Baer Canyon on a 97 degree day. There were still three snowy areas, but only the second one needed crampons. Way cool to see the radar towers up close - very high tech. Solo ascent.
Climbed up this on the way to Thurston, and back because the snow drift and cornices on the back side were a bit iffy. It was fine on the way up, took it out on the way back.
Great day hike, not easy, but not difficult. Views are well worth the climb, and radio towers are interesting to look at.
My fourth attempt was in 2015. I again hiked via Bair Canyon, this time with my oldest son and my daughter. When we got to the ridge, there was a huge cloudburst that turned into sleet and wind. We had ponchos, but we still got cold and wet. We hiked up the road to the towers and huddled next to the building until the storm let up. On the way down, the trail was wet and muddy and we fell several times. The trip took nearly 12 hours! It was great to finally reach the top.
My third attempt was in the fall of 2014. My father, my youngest son and I again hiked via Bair Canyon, but had to turn back after my father's arthritis started to bother him.
My second attempt was in the summer of 2014. My oldest son and I again tried to hike to the summit via Bair Canyon, but had to turn back after about a mile because of a sore foot.
My first attempt (of four) was in 2013. My oldest son and I tried to hike up Bair Canyon to the towers, but got caught in a thunderstorm. We tried to sit out the rain, but then the lightning started hitting the mountain and we didn't think it would be a good idea to get anywhere near the top. We hiked back to the car, soaking wet and vowing to do it another day.
Just wanted to drive up there first and yes I was successful at getting up there with just a corrolla. No 4 by 4 necessary this time of year!
7/4/2015: With Deseret Peak.
6/5/2016: With Thurston Peak & Snow Horse Ridge.
Thurston, 9491, then this one. Really fun day.
Drove up from Bountiful, past Bountiful Peak, to the FAA towers. Did a quick little summit of Francis before heading over the ridge to Thurston.
I can confirm that the jerks had chick fil a. Also they had a golf club and Toms
Hit Francis on the way back from Thurston + Peak 9491. One of the prettiest sunsets I've seen in a long while! My stomach was getting super angry, though. More food next time.
Those jerks had Chik-fil-A?!
I am replying, because your comment about the summit balls made me lol.
We parked at the south base of Francis and headed over to Thurston Peak. On the way back we hit 9471 and then came up the north ridge of Francis. That was tiring after the other two peaks! The views are beautiful as we watched the sunset over the Great Salt Lake. Some people were having a date on top and eating Chick-fil-a. I wanted to steal those criss-cut fries so bad. So hungry!
Everyone should try this peak after they have hit Thurston and unnamed peak 9471, or whatever it is. It's even better after sunset when you haven't eaten anything since brunch. Also, the summit balls are probably the best thing ever. Summit balls.
Ran with Matt Van Horn all the way up Farmington Canyon to the summit balls and back for 22 miles. I've run just under the summit 3 times during the Wasatch 100. One of the coolest things for me during the race is approaching the summit balls from the north and then running under them and to the south. When I'm over near Grandview Peak on the ridge I love looking back and seeing how far away those summit balls are.
Via Baer/Bair Canyon
Went up the Baer/Bair Canyon Trail and then turn south on the Great Western Trail to Francis Peak. The snow line was about 7200', but it was just a few inches until the GWT. The GWT had drifts up to knee deep, but if I walked at the sides it was only about 6" or so. After Francis I walked north on the GWT to 9491. The snow was only a few inches deep in that direction. The ridge was completely socked in in the morning, but fortunately it cleared and there were great views in all directions.