Update: Finally made it all the way!!!
Previous Attempt 17 Jan 10
Launched an ill-advised attempt in mid-winter. Lots of snow on ground. Only gave myself 2 hours of good daylight, snow storm imminent, poorly understood directions to top. Lost my nerve scrambling up the side of the summit, stopped 100 feet short. Felt my way down in the dark and was greeted by a realllly large bison standing next to my car...best hike of the month!
Did this as a family hike. Backpacked my son up to the area where the old communication antenna is. My wife and son stayed there while I scrambled to the top. Nice views of the Salt Lake
Went to test out the trail to the top once a little bit of the snow had melted. Was a lot of fun, have been back once since.
Nice climb today, no bugs, no heat, and lots of buffalo around. View is great from the top. Trail was a bit muddy in places, but pretty cleared from snow for the most part. FUN DAY
I would definately do this hike in the winter to avoid the flies in the summer!
Climbed Frary today with my wife, son, daughter and father. We had hoped to get out of the deep snow along the Wasatch and hoped this would be a good little training climb. About 1/2 way up the trail we started getting into a little snow as it snowed yesterday. My father was tired and turned back with my daughter for the car. My wife and son pressed on. The snow got about mid-calf deep about halfway up the hill to the false summit. By time we topped out the false summit we were tired from breaking trail, but decided to press on. The traverse below the summit ridge below Frary Peak from the false summit was a horrible suck fest. We lost any sign of the trail and post holed our way over to Frary's Summit Ridge. It got sketchy in a few spots and I felt like a jerk for dragging my wife and 12 year old son in to this mess. They climbed on undeterred though and we summited at 1:44pm , a little under an hour from the time we left the false summit. The traverse in deep snow sucked on the way back too, but once we reached the false summit it was smooth, although muddy sailing. The wind was relentless all day and it got very cold a few times. All and all it was a great day but be warned that west side of the peak is tough in deep snow. Great day!
hiked this with some friends in the morn. we decided to scramble over the ridge to the summit instead of taking the standard trail. the snow made this part a little sketchy, but it was loads of fun, and the views were spectacular.
came back up for another run. got stopped by a huge buffalo on the way down for awhile.
We lost the trail many times but made it to the peak the hard way. came back down n had the man waiting for us at the cars. they told us that we cant be up there after dark and that we didnt stay on the trails. our bad. we couldnt see the trails.LOL
This has to be one of the most scenic hikes in the state and it is remarkable that this kind of environment is so close to the Wasatch front and hardly gets any notice. It definitely doesn’t feel like anything else I have been on in the area and the views and scenery were incredible. I did this hike with Kristina and we took our time taking photos, watching buffalo, smelling the flowers and takin’ in the views. Incredible vistas on top and I think one of the best views anywhere. I’ll be back again and again.
Beautiful day and gorgeous hike... This is a perfect hike to do in the springtime!
Amazingly beautiful area. Definetly take the ridge to the summit as it is very enjoyable. Fantastic couple of hours.
Its weird to think your in Utah while climbing to the peak. Amazing area, beautiful photography around here.
Short afternoon hike - had the summit all to ourselves as everyone else stopped at the false summit.
Tons of snow, It was very windy and the trail was windblown with drifts that I had to negotiate. The snow was about 12 inches deep and the drifts were a lot more than that. Kadee told that when I hit the last part of the hike to make sure to NOT take the ridge. Well I saw some Chuckars on the ridge and decided I needed to follow them to get some pics. after all how bad could the ridge be with 12 inches of snow on it. "note to self" Don't take the ridge in the snow!!!! I ended up backtracking to the tower and taking the trail. It was still very slippery and I fell ALOT. On top was awesome, the view was Great!
Started from the "winter trailhead" and included Dooly Knob; 3:35 roundtrip.
The final pitch is more fun off the trail, stick the ridge for some fun.
Same thing happened to me. Here's the log entry:
Date: Jun 4, 2006
3 of us were stopped by a huge bull buffalo who took exception to us being on his mountain. We were about 1/4 of a mile from the top when this happened. He actually chased two of us back down the trail (I was almost run over by these two who were ahead of me as they were being chased by the bull) We snuck back up above the critter but he was watching our every move. Exciting but no pics as I had my camera in my day pack at the time this all happened. I'll finish Frary another day.
Note: I went back and got it last year as posted in log entry. I hope you got some that you can post. ; )
A great hike, but tons of bugs. I loved the views from the summit. I had a beautiful day for this peak and could see for miles. The flowers were out and were beautiful also.
After looking out my office window toward Frary Peak for three straight months debating with my coworkers whether or not you could ski/snowboard down it, I finally lugged my board up to the radio tower/antenna thing just below the summit ridge and rode it down after summitting. I had to stop a few times because it flattened out, though. Overall I couldn't recommended it, but it was still enjoyable. There was a ton of snow on the mountain and the day was clear and hot. The summit ridge was pretty sketchy - crampons were very helpful. A trail patrol officer was waiting for me at my car when I got down, but he didn't seem to care that I had been riding (although he certainly thought it was odd). The trail was very difficult to follow in the snow.