via Ophir Canyon with Moogie737, yadahzoemtn, Brent & Dave. Loop including Flat Top. Cool, partly cloudy but still bluebird day - summit views obscured by cloud. Didn't use the snowshoes we carried, yet ~90% of the hike was on snow perfectly suited to our use of crampons.
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days and on the 13th day of the trip we did Deseret Peak, Flat Top Mountain and Lewiston Peak. Deseret was a lovely hike similar to Timpanogos but Flat Top was a horrible hike through cattle grazing land with numerous biting flies. trip report
With Flat Top Mountain
This range is so different from the Wasatch Mountains. Beautiful fall day with great company.
04/21/2017: More of a snow climb this time around. Really fun trip with Michael, Brent, Jim and Dave.
#1. 10-14-14. 1st time hiking in the Oquirrhs 2+51 up & probably walked a few meters on "private property" but took care to leave no trace. :). Went over to Flat Top. W/ Brent. #2 11-08-14. Small skiffs of snow; terrific Gesellschaft. #3 3-1-16 W/ Brent via snow climb of SW ridge. 5+19 up. Wind. #4 3-17-17 W/ Lana, Brent & Signe. From Pole Canyon via east ridge. Then over to Flat Top Mtn. #5 4-21-17 W/ Brent, Lana, Dave and Jim. 3+44 to Lewiston on fabulous snow above 8,200', 7+55 total trip time. No snowshoes, only boots and crampons.
Climbed up on the way to Flat Top and East Flat Top! Nice foresty area on the trail to the 9600ft saddle.
Started at the trailhead and bagged Lewiston on the way to Flat Top. It was a fun day out in the mountains!
2/5/2015 Second time up. Hiked up with James Barlow on the way to Flat Top.
11/10/2013 Climbed Lewiston Peak first on the way to Flat Top Mountain. Great route and hike.
There was way too much bushwhacking as we kept losing the trail and when we could find the trail it was very over grown. Wear calf sleeves or pants. I got very scratched up and was constantly covered in stickers. The way down we didnt take the trail back but cut down through the trees on the other side and I liked that sooo much better supposedly there is now a cairn and a path but we didn't find it until it was hooking up with the original trail at the 9000ft saddle. Then on the way down from there we lost the trail a little but kept it most of the time and that was better. Still I wasn't impressed. I did enjoy out little exploration of Ophir.
Did this on the way to Flat Top. I was shocked when we actually saw 2 people climbing down the ridge that said this was their third time. They informed us of the alternate route around the North side of the ridge (from 9000 ft. up to the 9700 ft. clearing) which avoids the crappy bushwacking sections and elevation loss of following the trail (mentioned in the route description) around the South side of the ridge. Much better.
Hiked from the new trail head parking lot near the beginning of South Ophir Canyon up the ATV trail to the Mercur overlook and then took the trial up to just below Lewiston Peak. Hiked up the ridge to Lewiston and over to Flat top. 4 hours 10 min total from car to flat top. 3700 ft elevation from car to flat top. Perfectly clear and sunny day. Great views.
Winter Ascent on the way to Flat Top.
Climbed en route to Flat Top in early winter conditions. Would have been a nice ski if there were more snow.
Second climb on 6/4/2012 in route to flat top
First climb on 10/12/2009 on route to flat top
On a ski tour to Flat Top we hit Lewiston en route. Amazing views of the South Wasatch Mtns.
Although the ultimate destination was Flat Top, Lewiston was more than just a point along the route or even just a bonus; it was a nice peak to summit in its own right.
On way to Flat Top
Ken Jones and I went up via the approach that is listed on the Lewiston Peak route page. After we topped out on Lewiston, we made the traverse over to pick up Flat Top peak. A great outing although an electrical storm chased us off a bit earlier than we wanted.
10/27/2007 Geocaching hike.
8/4/2001 From Ophir with Fred G. Did a loop that included Lewiston, Flattop, and 10340.