Yea this one is a tough one. I opted to do the South Ridge route from the Short Divide. The first 1.5 miles are relatively easy on generally mild terrain, but once you start to ascend towards Peak 7801 it gets quite a bit trickier. Very rugged, rocky ridge and with a fair amount of fresh snow made things pretty challenging. The hike along the ridge offered tremendous views the entire way. As tough as it was it was a fantastic route. The last push to the summit through the dry, airy snow was also tough as you had all but no traction. I stayed on top long enough to find a reference marker to take a picture of and sign the summit register. This was Utah prominence peak 69/81 for me.
We went the Winter Canyon Route. There is a nice trail all the way to the ridge and most of the way on the ridge. To avoid bushwhacking we lost about 100' of elevation before we started up Gunsight. We also went to Clarkston Mountain (8001) and 7801. All of this was easy to not bad, except for going over to 7801 which was very slow going on the ridge. We bushwhacked down the ridge south of Winter Canyon back to the start.
Winter Canyon has official "Walk in Access" where the state pays private landowners to let the public access their land, but you have to register and get a free permit by calling the number on the sign. I was asked for my name, address, height, weight, hair color, eye color, and social security number!!!! and was given a 23 digit code to write down!! I declined on the ssn and wasn't pressed for it.
We went up the Winter Canyon route. I think if you stay on the dirt road, you can avoid private property. We parked at the end of the road where there was a trail (no sign). The first mile of the trail is shady and mild. It then climbs quite steeply to the top of a ridge. Shortly after this we kind of lost the trail (about 500 vertical ft. from the summit). We bush-wacked our way up to the top. There were nice views at the summit.
Went in from the Winter Canyon route, trail is a little overgrown and the last push to the peak we pretty much made our own, bugs werent to bad with it being breezy today. Fun day all in all. 5.5 miles round trip with approx 2600ft elev gain
This one took longer than I thought it would. You know, just 4 miles each way and 2500' of elevation gain, I was thinking that it would be somewhat easy. Well, it was a workout (for me)but a worthy workout. OK, now that that is out of the way, it is an exceptional mountain as it is not a gimme and makes you work as there are few places where you aren't route finding up and down the ridgeline. The mosquitoes were out in force and bugged me most of the way up and all of the way down. I also darn near stepped on two snakes (not rattlers) and with the heat, I truly earned this summit. Thanks to mountaingazelle for not only adding this mountain to SP but for leading the way up the south ridge. I saw your footprints in several spots as it seems your route finding was similar to mine.
South Ridge : May 17, 2009 - I hiked from the pass and followed the south ridge the entire way. It took longer than I had expected but I liked the route. There are great views of Malad Valley and Cache Valley. It was a hazy day so my photos did not come out so well. Few people hike in this area except for hunters which seem to stay on its lower slopes.
West Face : June 23, 2007 - This route was steep and not really fun. I found out later that I had crossed private property without permission. So I don’t advise anyone else to go up the west face either. I returned a few years after and hiked up the south ridge which was a better route.