Up the North Ridge. :)
As part of a traverse from Shingle Mill Peak to Provo Peak, with Ben Stokes. Started up Dry Fork to Shingle Mill, traverse to Provo, with a descent down the North Ridge of Provo into Burnt Hollow and bushwhack down to the Squaw Peak road eventually getting back down to my truck at the Dry Fork TH. Pretty awesome day. The bushwhack down Burnt Hollow was pretty brutal.
From Provo to East Provo to Freedom Peak to Shingle Mill. 14 mile loop to return to car. Fun Ridge run!
I hiked from Rock Canyon and followed the Dry fork trail up to the trail switchback and then headed straight towards the west ridge. Getting up to the ridge was a tough climb with lots of loose rock. Once on the ridge, it was still quite a scramble, but less difficult. The peak was awesome. Steep rocks on all sides and magnificent views. This is one of the greenest 11,000ers in the Provo area with pines growing all the way up to the summit. I descended by the "knife edge" north ridge and that was a fun climb. The whole round trip took 11 hours from Rock Canyon and back. What an awesome day!
PrinceOfNorway and I left a star-spangled gift for you atop Freedom Peak. It seemed only fitting.
Apparently I'm a true patriot for going up Freedom Peak on July 4th. It was kind of a long slog up to the saddle between Shingle Mill and Freedom. The North Ridge wasn't a big deal. It looks intimidating at first glance, but just go slow and keep going upward. It took about an hour to get to the top from the saddle at a slow and methodical pace. Also, I would recommend staying on top of the ridge or taking the occasional dip to either side to bypass trees or tricky rock. It seems sort of a trail has developed. Anyway, follow this advice...or not...I'm not a cop.
See the write up by ZeeJay. No lady bugs on the summit; we replaced the small glass jar with a larger plastic mayonnaise jar to contain the modest summit log papers. The old ones from the glass jar were in far worse shape than the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lots of strong wind today making the scramble on the ridge sometimes difficult.
Followed the trail to the big switchback below the peak and then went up a couloir to the west ridge. The ridge was fine, but was no picnic. It would have been a lot easier if not for the thorn bushes and the occasional dense patch of trees obscuring the loose rock underneath our feet. I think that most of the bushwhacking could have been avoided by staying well south of the actual ridge.
Climbed via the West ridge. Every bit as challenging as the North ridge in our opinion. We accessed the ridge via a snow-filled couloir. Ice axe and crampons were essential. Tricky climbing on the ridge but worth it at the top. Watch for thousands of lady bugs near the summit.
I went up the West Ridge which is only a class 2 scramble. There are around 6 gullies you can easily scramble up from the big switchback on Dry Fork trail below the north face of Freedom. A bit of brush on the ridge but nothing too bad. Once on top, I realized I didn't have much time to climb Shingle Mill Peak and Peak 9622 "North Shingle Mill".
Somehow, I never read about the north ridge of Freedom because I thought it was a walk up. I flew down the class 3 rock shaking my head that I was already running late and now I was dealing with this ridge. Seriously, I was expecting to run down the ridge.
Pictures and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/provo_hiking/freedom_peak/shingle_mill_072.htm
Climbed Shingle Mill first then over to Freedom, exciting ridge, as said before check your holds, I would not recommend a large group, to much loose stuff to drop on folks. We hit it at peak fall colors, it would be hard to be this peak and the Rock Canyon drainage for that.
I think this is the peak that is featured on Paramount's logo, not Ben Lomond. It is absolutely breathtaking from all sides. One of the best hikes in the Wasatch Range. Took about 2 and a half hours from trailhead. The knife edge was awesome, but my dog was able to do it. Just take extra precaution and make sure every step is sure. I slipped once and thought I was going to join the billy goats at the bottom of the east coulier. Scary moment. Fantastic views of Provo Peak from the summit. Thank you vanman for the page. This is a fantastic peak.
P.S. I also wanna know who Tim Heaton is. He had signed the registry like a bazillion times, and also had taken his 7 month pregnant wife on that hike. That baby must've been born climbing.
Yep, baby is now in her mid twenties and loves hiking as much as my wife and I do, also ran her first marathon this year. Now I'm a geology professor in South Dakota, but I get back to the Wasatch once or twice a year.
I had wanted to climb this one for quite some time, especially when I read that there was a dicey knife-edged ridge that had to be traversed to reach the summit. Hiked it with kteichert and we reached the summit in a little over 2.5 hours from Dry Fork TH. Beautiful skies, great views, with temps 35 degrees at the summit with the wind. Knife-edge was not nearly as crazy as I thought, just take the time to have solid footing and hand holds and you'll be fine. Found the summit registry mentioned by vanman798, and took a picture of it to post on here. After Freedom, we then hit Shingle Mill Peak. I look forward to doing this one again! A great day!
Great mountain! I climbed this thing twice over the summer, once via the north face snow gullies and once via a technical rock and scrambling route on the north face. I added both routes to MountainProject.com. I've done the traverse from Freedom to Shingle Mill (in the rain...) and it wasn't nearly as exposed or scary as everyone made it sound. I'd call it class 3. Just don't be stupid, watch where you put your hands and feet, and you'll be fine.
We hiked from Rock Canyon and took the Dry Fork route to Cascade Saddle, taking on Freedom Peak first and then heading over to Shingle Mill afterwards.
In a word: scary. This climb was a bit more than I wanted to chew, and I refuse to return without getting more experience on other difficult climbs. Dangerous is certainly an accurate description, but I should also mention the nice views. Props to my skilled and fearless climbing buddy--couldn't have done it without him.
It's an easy walk up the dry fork trail, from Squaw Peak Road (trail), to the saddle between Shingle Mill, and Freedom Peak, but from there, to the peak, it is dangerous. I did it in November when there was patches of snow, two or three inches deep. When I had to cross the snow, on the knifes edge one follows to the peak, it was unnerving because the snow wasn't enough to provide foot holds but instead made the rocks and the shale, of the steep slope, dangerously slick. It was tough going up, so imagine how much tougher it was to go down.
A good thing to remember is that 80% of mountaineering accidents happen on the descent, so extra caution needs to be exercised when coming down a mountain.
In the write up for this mountain the author states that the knife edge one follows to the peak is similar to the one on the Pfiefferhorn. That is definately not the case! The knife edge on the Pfiefferhorn is level, and over large rocks, and you can only fall off one side. Whereas, the knife edge on Freedom Peak is very steep and over shale or talus, and one wrong move and you will fall over either side.
I do agree with the statement in the write up which says "Ropes not required but somewhat scary". To me that is a class 4 climb.
I suggest you do as I did, and bag Freedom Peak first then scramble up Shingle Mill, as Shingle Mill is easy, and you can do it even after Freedom has tried your nerves and sapped your energy.
Oh, by the way, to the south (maybe a foot) of the cairn on the peak of Freedom I found an 8 ounce glass jar under the rocks with paper and pencil inside which serves as a log book for the peak. It hadn't been signed since 1996, but logs went back as far as 1976. The header on the paper said "Storm Mountain", so I wonder if that is what it used to be called before "Freedom".
Fun climb to the top. THe descent off the top was tough. Talus on steep slopes made it hard to get a good footing. Still a fun climb, worth the effort.
I think this is an underrated area of the Wasatch mtns. The views are spectacular but you rarely see anyone.