I climb this peak every Wednesday and some weeks I manage twice a week. It really never gets old. It takes about 45-50 minutes to get up from the Catherine's Pass trailhead. I will usually trail run down which only takes 30 minutes. I always recommend it to people. Great peak!
Seems like a good one to recommend for hiker friends in town. Pictures and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/alta_ski_area/mount_wolverine/sunset_peak_200.htm
Climbed this as a kid in high school
Great easy peak if you don't have a lot of time.
8/2/08 - Climbed as part of the Brighton Ridge Run.
Parked at the gate on the Guardsman Pass Road. Hiked up the west ridge of 10420. Hit 10420, Clayton, Preston/10315, 10321, Pioneer Peak, and Sunset Peak. Descended to Brighton via Lake Catherine. Great snow conditions. We didn't need either snowshoes or crampons. With Anne Perry. My 17th time up here.
Walked up from Brighton Ski Resort passed Mary Lake, Martha Lake, and Lake Catherine. The views from this peak are great.
From Alta: Apr 5, 2008
I skied to the Catherines pass area of Alta, and then skinned up to the Peak of Sunset, and then skied down to Catherines Lake. It only took an hour from the time I sat down on the Supreme chair lift, skied over, skinned up, and skied down.
Nice views over to Brighton, as well as of Tuscarora, and Pioneer Peaks. Also liked the views of Mt. Timpanogos.
First summit in a long time. Easy hike. Felt good to be up on top again. Went up with Ammon Hatch.
Beautiful dayhike from Catherine Pass TH; came out to Salt Lake for a conference a day early to hike.
Spent the whole day enjoying the clouds and sun come and go with fall colors and some knee-deep+ snow in some places. Came from Brighton, moved on to Tuscarora, Wolverine, and Millicent. Amazing day.
Update: In December 2010, skied two laps on the north face (only summitted for the first one) at the end of a ridge walk from Grizzly Gulch.
I decided to go during the late afternoon. Hiked up fairly fast (probably twenty or thirty minutes at most) because I wanted to take pictures and wanted good light. Enjoyed the view from the top. (The Brighton Lakes are beautiful) On the climb down I ran into a Moose. He was eating and getting ready for bed ;)
This ridge run is very nice for views and for a good workout. We began at the Bear Trap Fork TH and came from north to south and to west to Catherine Pass before heading down. Eight hours of fun. 7-22-08 a partial ridge run including Twin Lakes pass from Silver Lake, Wolverine, Tuscarora and Pioneer Peak. R/T from Nordic Center bldg was 4.5 hours. Came down to Brighton from the top of the Crest Express lift. Wowed by the wild flowers all along the route. Again on 4-21-09 Part of Brighton Bowl ridge snow run - see write up on Mt. Wolverine summit log. #7 (at least) 4-20-10 Part of Brighton Ridge run on snow like last April. With Dave, Brent and Walt. #8 12-27-11 Part of solo Brighton Bowl ridge run-very hairy ascent from Pioneer/Sunset saddle. #9 9-18-15 W/ Yz for rehab. From Brighton via Mary's Lake trail.
Started from Alta and did a few peaks in Brighton ski resort.
and good Fall Colors!
Climbed the peak at five years old. From Brighton, we went up to Cathrine Pass and over the top of Sunset Peak, Pioneer Peak, and the Pioneer Ridge, returning back to Brighton.
Hit Sunset Peak with my Dad as we completed an early morning hike from Brighton to Alta.
Asher and I made it to the peaks of Sunset and Pioneer before sunrise and then dropped into the Brighton area before heading back to Catherine Pass.
Continuing our early morning series of peakbagging, Justin A. (Gutloaf) and I went up to Sunset & Pioneer peaks via Catherine Pass.
Hiked the Brighton Ridge to Millicent, Woverine, Tuscarora, Sunset Peak, and Pioneer Peak. Tremendous fun! Millicent's NE ridge is easy snow hiking. Wolverine/Tuscarora is easy snow hiking as well. Sunset is a bit harder because there is a Class 3/4 rock spine in the middle of the ridge. I chose to bypass the rock spine onto a 38 degree, north facing slope which brought me back onto the ridge. Only use that bypass under total stable snow conditions. Pioneer Peak was a beast. 3' snow drifts on the ridge about every 20 feet. Hiking down off of Pioneer was 2' of soft powder all the way to Brighton. Good workout! Views are oustanding. Highly recommended.
Best way to get away from the crowds on the Catherine Pass trail, though why people tend to avoid the steep bits, I'll never understand!