Francis Peak 9540 Climber's Log

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BKiser90 - Jul 30, 2017 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2017

Franics to Thurston  Sucess!

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.


Outdoorpartner - Jun 27, 2017 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2017

Still need crampons June 26  Sucess!

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.


morrelli64 - Jun 11, 2016 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2016

Once is nice but do it twice  Sucess!

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.


TheEudaimonic - Feb 25, 2016 12:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

Great Hike  Sucess!

Great day hike, not easy, but not difficult. Views are well worth the climb, and radio towers are interesting to look at.


bdz132 - Oct 28, 2015 2:29 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015

Victory!  Sucess!

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.


bdz132 - Oct 28, 2015 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2014


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.


bdz132 - Oct 28, 2015 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Bad Foot

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.


bdz132 - Oct 28, 2015 2:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2013

Rained out

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.

7Swixom7 - Aug 15, 2015 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

not too bad of a drive to Francis peak  Sucess!

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!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jul 13, 2015 7:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015

Climbed Twice  Sucess!

7/4/2015: With Deseret Peak.
6/5/2016: With Thurston Peak & Snow Horse Ridge.


DarrenKnezek - Jul 12, 2015 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015

On the way back from Thurston  Sucess!

Thurston, 9491, then this one. Really fun day.


kteichert - Aug 19, 2014 1:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014

Combined with Thurston  Sucess!

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.


utahguy058 - Aug 17, 2014 1:08 am

Re: Do this first!

I can confirm that the jerks had chick fil a. Also they had a golf club and Toms


abrennalinerush - Jul 27, 2014 4:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Three's Company  Sucess!

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.


abrennalinerush - Jul 27, 2014 4:27 pm

Re: Do this first!

Those jerks had Chik-fil-A?!


abrennalinerush - Jul 27, 2014 4:26 pm

Re: From Thurston and Friends

I am replying, because your comment about the summit balls made me lol.


utahguy058 - Jul 27, 2014 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Do this first!  Sucess!

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!


PrinceOfNorway - Jul 27, 2014 12:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

From Thurston and Friends  Sucess!

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.

Scott Wesemann

Scott Wesemann - Jan 8, 2014 11:32 am Date Climbed: May 15, 2013

Run to the balls  Sucess!

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.


ZeeJay - Nov 1, 2013 7:36 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2013

Via Baer/Bair Canyon  Sucess!

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.

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