Long day, beautiful on the summit
My cousin Dane Sorensen and I set out to climb to the peak as quickly as possible the summer after I graduated from highschool, and if I remember right we made it in 3.5 hours or so... I doubt if I could do it that quickly again, but it was amazing, the mountain goats were friendly, and I scratched my girlfriends name in the summit "hut"... It's time to go back and make sure it gets scratched out, if it is still there!!! I've never seen more beautiful valleys with such amazing flowers in my life! According to my cousin, they were in the middle of a serious droubt... could've fooled me! There was also remnants of an avalanche, and a little "ice cave" underneath the snow and Ice with a stream running out of it. Utah is trully a beautiful place.
My son-in-law and I made this an overnighter, camping out at the 10000 foot mark and then getting up early to finish the hike/climb. We finished the next day, facing into a stiff westerly wind. The wind died as we got to the metal hut that is on top of the peak and couldn't find the register that was supposed to be there. The view was outstanding in all directions, especially the one that is straight down its east face (1500 feet).
(I had been up it before as a day hike via the Aspen Grove trail but the overnighter was special)