After much research, I came upon Norton Peak while trying to find a place where I could sneak a short summit in while spending time camping with some less adventurous friends. We camped at the lower Norton Lakes and had the place completely to ourselves, which was amazing! I even got to make a quick ascent of the peak near the lake before dinner!
The next morning my girlfriend, her friend from PA, and I set out for the summit while our other friends hung at the lake. We encountered some snow along the way, but nothing too significant. Our PA friend eventually puckered out (she had flown in the day before), but still got to 10,000 feet. The remaining ridge walk to the summit was a lot of fun and the views were absolutely stunning. We were the first to sign the register for 2016!
Summitted Big Basin Peak the day before, wanted something easier and this hit the spot. Great views, gorgeous lakes, fun little scramble at the top. I did have to carry a small dog down from the lake but she was adorable. Can't be mad about it.
The tower thing had fallen down from what I saw, it was a pile of wood and barbed wire.
with a nice trail that goes within a couple hundred feet of the summit, this is a good choice if you are short on time. Nice late summer day- mountains are all free of snow- likely to change within a few days.
First peak over 10K for me and it was so beautiful. So lucky to have moved to a beautiful place and have a BF that takes to these great places.
Hiked in and camped at the upper lake. Had a pretty good snow flurry on the first day of summer. Climbed the peak the next day. First big peak for my GF and our dog. Great views, no goats. It felt closer to 8 miles round trip, as opposed to the 6.5 stated.
had to sign it, even though I climbed it when I was a little kid.
Don't remember seeing any goats, though. ;)
Over nighter and summitted with John and his friend and Dad the next day. Saw Goats.
Took my scout troop to Norton Lakes for an outing and we climbed the peak. Everyone had lots of fun and the view from the top was amazing! We also saw 2 or three goats. (One might have been a repeat sighting.)
Hike-a-biked to Norton Lakes. After scrambling up the SE Ridge of the peak just west of Lower Norton Lake (can't find if it is named, it is just over 9700 feet high), came back down and found the trail to Norton. Didn't see any goats all day. A fun hike/scramble. Total time C 2 C was just under 5 hours. Ride down from the lake was 15 minutes. Fun day.
Camped at Upper Norton Lake, got up the next morning and climbed up the switchbacks to the South Ridge. We had a marvelous day; the wind was blowing hard on the summit. Matt scratched the USGS Marker with a pencil so we he had a nice imprint of it... NO Goats (are only disappointment).
Very Nice Climb. Great September day in the Smokeys.
Took the trail up from Norton Lakes to the saddle. Hiked up the ridge to the peak from there. Beautiful day. 6 of us made it to the summit, including a 9-month-old and a 18-month-old, who both rode in kid carrier backpacks. Hopefully someday they will come back to these peaks under their own power. Great summit views.
Hiked in from Prarie Creeks' TH to Miner Lake. Took the trail to the saddle and then climbed the ridge to the top. My camera broke on the summit. Great views of Boulders, Pioneers, White Clouds (mainly Castle Peak).
The lower trail to the Norton lakes is a popular destination for Sun Valley-ites. But the view from the top is worth the crowds. You can see the White Clouds, Sawtooths, Boulders and Pioneers. Also, I've never been to this area without spotting at least one mountain goat.
Climbed through a small snowstorm to break through clouds near the summit and view the freshly fallen snow. I could hear helicopters buzzing in the nearby Sawtooth in the rescue attempt on Thompson Peak.
Then did a long and time consuming traverse to Prarie Creek Peak and returned via Big Lost Lake, great day!