Up and down on the Great Western. The spring had great PVC pipes which made it easy to top off my camelbak. A few pockets of red trees but mostly just turning brown. Zero mammals observed including other humans!
I started at Fernwood and hiked part-way on what I thought was the Kays Creek Ridge Trail. The trail seemed to end, so I backtracked and took the Community Trail to the top. There were wildflowers in bloom the whole way.
took great western trail up, came across some grouse early on, 2 moose encountered right after the large aspen forest, one of them stared me down for 10 minutes, trail up in good shape except overgrown in aspen forest. scramble up chinscrapper was sketchy, easy to find way to summmit, great views that day, came down the "yellow tied" portion of upper community trail, lost the "yellows" after a while, headed down what seemed logical way until it crossed community trail, then followed it all the way, upper community trail way overgrown, scratched up legs real good, needed long pants. looked for mountain goats at top of summit, never saw. brought lots of water, needed all of it 4.5 hours up, 3 hours down. I'll stay away from upper community trail until it gets some help
04/29/16 via Community Trail
#1 March 21st, 2015. Still a fair amount of snow up high. This was my 2nd attempt; the first attempt was derailed by low viz, driving snow and generally rotten weather. Traversed over to the far bump to the north as well. #2 4-29-16 Very limited visibility above 7,700'. If I hadn't been there before I would have found it extremely difficult to locate the peak. Used snowshoes from about 7,500'. 4+00 up.
Went up Great Western via Layton Ridge Drive. Worked on the spring and it now has 3 outlets. Explored the orange markers on the top ridgeline....went quite a bit of distance to a NO TRESPASSING sign. Saw three mountain goats in the snowy area on the back (Morgan) side. I've never seen mountain goats up there before -- it was a real treat
Started at the Fernwood TH and took the community trail to Layton Peak and then followed the ridge to Thurston. On the way back, took a side trip to the "Layton Nipple".
Fall colors were fantastic and didn't even need a jacket on the summit. Davis County Hiking Meetup 5:15 going up Great Western and 3 hrs down on Community
Took the community trail to the summit. 2 hours and 5 minutes up, 1 hour and 10 minutes down.
First time I climbed Layton Peak and I've got to say it was brutal. 60 mile an hour winds on the top. 4 1/2 hours up/3 hours down the Great Western Trail route from Kayscreek. Would say it's a pretty difficult climb except I was passed by JOGGERS going up, going down and along the ridge. Beautiful views! Might have another go once I recover.
Got a late start in an attempt to summit Thurston. By time we made chin scraper we were tired and it was extremely windy and cold. We decided to top out Layton Peak and come back for Thurston later this year. Great way to spend the 4th of July though.
Me and my boy went up Community Trail then down Great Western Trail after visiting Layton Peak. There was a rattle snake hiding really well on the trip, so be careful up there!
... after quite a few hikes up the community trail this past Winter, my Dad and I went to the top this time.
This was the 10th peak I have summited with my son, which always makes it special. Great views!! Wind gusts 30-40 mph!!
Climbed up the Community Trail from the Fernwood trailhead. It's a steep hike, and I was pretty tired by the time we reached the top, but the views into Morgan county were wonderful.
Took the community trail. Couldn't see a thing on top. Cold, cloudy, and windy. I had a blast!
Up the Great Western trail in 3 hrs, and back down the Community trail in 1 hr 50 minutes.
Awesome views of the Ogden Valley to the West and Morgan valley to the East at the summit. Parking right next to trailhead on Fernwood. Very steep climb for most of the way, great for training.
We started from the trailhead near the Castle Home. We actually climbed Layton Peak while trying to traverse over to Thurston Peak. It took longer than expected and we hiked the last couple miles back in the dark.
Downclimbed to the Great Western Trail and headed over to Thurston peak. Thurston is very over-grown and gnarly; I could not find a safe route to the top.