ALTERNATE LOOP ROUTE: This proved to be a great snowshoe loop that I want to let others know about. I originally was going to apporach from the west taking the Old Piney Road, but it is gated just outside of Nephi in the winter and it didnt say when it would open. So I decided the next easiest option was to approach from the north. I took HWY 132 to Rocky Ridge Canyon where there is an easy ford that my Subaru managed, though I only made it 3/4 of a mile alond the dirt road before the snow stopped me. A good freeze made waling on the snow easy, I branched off and took the north east ridge at the troughs and after a short but difficult 300 vertical foot section of faceted wind drifts I attained the forested top of the ridge wheere the rest of the route was very beautiful, great views of Nebo and the Red Cliffs on the undulating ridgeline. Of note I think if you hit the weather window right the main coulior on the Red Cliffs that can be seen from the road could make an amazing spring snow climb with over 2000 feet of vert and a very simple approach, especially once the lower road melts out. I would say late March to early April would be good as it is much lower in elevation that the higher mountaineering couliors in the Wasatch. The cliffs here are so different than anything else in the Wasatch, like Maple Canyon further south they are sedimentary cobbles, but from a distance almost look like sandstone. Very old mountain mahogany stands in a certain section of the ridge. From the summit I returned north to the saddle just south of point 9450 where I decided to turn west and decended the drainage on nice runnable snowshoe snow, very fun plunging until ~8600 feet where I traversed over underneath the cliffs to above Rocky Ridge Canyon again at point 8596. Great views this whole stretch all the way to Wheeler and Ibapah. From here I descended a narrow ridge avoiding cliffs until I meet the sunner trail and descended back to the car. Although I did this as a snowshoe there are trails available for most of this loop and minimal brash and it could be a good summer route as well. Dont take the road to the top, try this fun alternative if you live in the area, you will be surprised at its different character from the rest of the Wasatch. I was the only winter summit in the register.
Went up Holman Canyon. Topo map showed a trail accessing the ridge. The trail was non-existent, so we bushwhacked the entire way. Looks like there is a trail development project to try to reestablish this trail as red tape was scene periodically as I followed the old route with a GPS unit. Did not want to bushwhack down so decided to take the dirt road all the way back to the Holman Canyon trailhead. The western slopes of this range are very nice.
I was able to drive this rough dirt road to within .3 miles and a few hundred vertical feet of the summit. There are sections on this road where you would not want to meet a car going in the opposite direction. The views from the summit are outstanding, especially of Mount Nebo. This is Utah prominence peak #47/81 for me.
Started at 5640' on route 132 north of peak on the dirt road that heads south. Wanted to take trail #146 but discovered it was 99% nonexistent from elevation 6600' to 9300', so ended up doing a lot of bushwhacking. There was snow from 7800' on up.
Climbed to the top from the Red Cliff Trail late in the evening, just as dusk was tuning to night. Beautiful sight of dark red clouds along the Tintic Mountains.
I had to walk about 8 miles to get this one although there is a road right up to near the base of it. Mud stopped me shortly after I got to the top of Log canyon so I had the choice of walking or coming back another day. Interestingly enough, I met a bow hunter (who was very unhappy to see me) up there on the summit (he had ridden a horse) and thanks to our "conversation", I did not look for the register, I'm not sure it would have been a good idea for this guy to see it anyway.