Started in alpine at the Lehi gate. Hit South Thunder first, then to North Thunder. 7.4 miles to North Thunder and 4 hours 20 minutes. What an amazing ridge and views!
with Dennis, McKinley, Matt, Dave, Zach and Vanessa - nice snow climb with good glissades
Long day up Coalpit Gulch and down through Bell's in the dark.
One of the 4 peaks up Coalpit Gulch to North Thunder to Lone Peak and down Jacobs Ladder in a day!
Climbed from Bells Canyon and did the west face. Amazing views of the surrounding mountains! Ran out of food and water so I drank some stream water from Thunder Bowl. It tasted so good and I didn't get sick! Unfortunately the bushwhacking down Thunder Bowl to Bells Canyon was absolutely miserable. Worst bushwhacking I've ever done.
Great weather, wonderful views, plenty of solitude.
Came up Bells Canyon and the west face. Had near-perfect weather for the hike.
Good friends, good time, great mountain
02/26/16: With/Dave and Michael
I was able to "run" only a few miles during the entire outing. This was my first time using Bell's Canyon as a point of access to the granite summits of little Cottonwood et al, and, quite frankly, it is likely my last.
Beautiful summit, nary a soul in sight, simply the frost-fractured granite chaos lining the aprons from White Baldy to the backside of Lone Peak.
It took nearly 3.5 hours to make the summit, and nearly as long to make it down to the Boulders trailhead.
Next time I check-in on North Thunder, I think I will do so from Coalpit or Sam Thomas, preferably during late Spring/early Summer with plenty of consolidated snow.
Only two others to sign the summit register before us this year!
Nasty nasty climb up Sam Thomas gulch. Absolutely awful---got ripped to shreds by all the bushwacking, loose rock, and loose footing. Missed the 7800' cut over to Coalpit and opted for the NW ridge. Terrible bushwacking until we reached the ridge. The ridge is super steep and semi technical most of the way but generally safe if you're patient and know what you're doing. After essentially topping out around 10,500 we got cliffed out and opted to downclimb about 500' in to the bowl towards Bell's canyon. From there we were able to climb back up to the ridge about 1/4 mile short of the summit and traversed over to the summit. Beautiful summit. Brian ran out of water before we made it to the top unfortunately. As a result of fatigue, heat, lack of water, and lack of mountaineering experience, the Thunder ridge traverse over to South Thunder took over an hour and a half with the most tricky section being the claimed crux about 1/4 mile south of North Thunder with the 50' or so downclimb. There was a rope there but it had been snapped. Later, we descended early in to Thunder Bowl below the gendarmes and had no problem going around and back up to the ridge to get to South Thunder summit. From here it was an easy descent to Lake Hardy and down to Alpine for a SL County to UT county traverse. Not sure I'll ever return to North Thunder. Long hard day, but super rewarding and I am stoked to check this one off the list.
A bit of spicy climbing getting around the first gendarme north of South Thunder, then more bits of fun here and there. Descended the Needle and Hogum Creek, which sucked. I started traversing from Pfeifferhorn -- yes, this is backwards. Trip report.
8/2/2015- Via Coalpit Gulch and traverse to South Thunder. Descent via Bells Canyon.
5/4/2013- Climbed with the WMC via Bells Canyon. From Bells we worked our way directly into Thunder Bowl and gained the ridge a few hundred yards short of the summit. Amazing day with pleasant temperatures, great visibility, and no wind on the summit. Awesome glissading back to the bottom of Thunder Bowl. Great day.
I stared at this mountain a very long time when I would drive without being able to figure what its name was, despite all my map reading and efforts. Hard peaks to reach and for that reason they probably see little traffic. Lightning ridge is awesome to behold nearby and more so is "the Cliffs of Insanity" which I have named myself. You'll know them when you see them below and just East. There is even less of a trail to those forms but I still want to hike to them one day.
3/11/2008 With Dave, Michael, Lana, and Brent. Fun snowshoe.
7/19/2007 With Moogie737, Michael, Brent, and Lana. Did Bells Cleaver and then N Thunder. Was going to go as below, but fortunately was overruled. We traversed the south side of Bells Cleaver to the dam and this worked out much better.
8/7/2006 With lesdubois. Went as below. Again swore I'd never bushwhack down Thunder Bowl.
7/29/2000 With MM via Bells Canyon. Did Bells Cleaver and then North Thunder. Bushwhacked down Thunder Bowl back to trail and swore I'd never do it again.
8/14/1999 With MM from Alpine before the road was gated off. We were able to drive all of the way to the First Hamongog, but it was nail biting time driving back down. We took the trail that goes east from the First H, went to Lake Hardy, then South Thunder, then on to North Thunder, and then retraced our steps.
04/24/10 via Hogum with WMC
10/16/10 via Bells Canyon. Part of Hematoma Quad
05/25/13 via Hypodermic Needle w/ Mike S.
02/14/17 via Hypodermic Needle with Dustin and friend. Skied Coalpit Gulch
10/16/2010 Traverse from South Thunder with Joe and Jake
09/19/2008 with J. Anderson from Coalpit Gulch
08/01/2007 with Mtn_runr and J. Anderson
Climbed 10 times:
Picked a good one for my first contribution to Summit Post! Long Day rount trip from/to Bells TH, but worth every sore muscle fiber! Met Joe and Shelley atop the peak - nice to meet you guys! Met 2 other summiters on the way down, crowded day for this peak. Attempted Bells Cleaver on the way down but must not have been on the right line b/c I could not find a way through the cliffs.
The line to/from the south ridge of N. Thunder from Thunder Bowl seemed far easier than trying to breach the cliff band just north of the peak.
Third climb on 6/28/2012, very little snow
Second climb on 7/4/2011. Climbed via west couloir. Much nicer with all of the boulders covered by snow
First climb. Climbed as an add on to The Beatout. Very tricky scramble along Thunder Ridge and ended up doing some Class 4 moves that were a little uncomfortable. Summit log appears to have disappeared. Plenty of solitude.
Be careful parking at the Bells Canyon trailhead. When we got down, my car had a window smashed out. The police told me this is becoming a common occurence there.
I climbed with Joe, Rob Koch and Christine Pilgram, thunder, lightning, and raining cats and dogs...quite a crowd. However, the only summiteers were the people and a bit of hail.
Went up Bells Canyon and climbed the west face to the peak. Loved the views.