I climbed it with my dad. We went up the west face and down the southeast ridge. There was still some snow about.
A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms somehow turned into a steady 7 hour rain. We left Salt Lake thinking surely it would stop by the time we got to the trailhead. Having no desire to do the supposed horrendous bushwhack in the rain, we waited around awhile, then got bored and did bonus peak 8270. It was still raining when we were done, so we sat around some more and then did bonus peak 8492. It was still raining when we were done that one, so we sat around some more and finally got started in light drizzle at 2pm. Luck was on our side and it stopped within about 10 min. I didn't think the bushwhack was so bad, but I had looked very carefully at Google Earth and selected waypoints to minimize the brush. Also went to the top of Antelope Mountain on our way to the Howell Peak TH.
4/24/2014 Via the SE Ridge. Quite the bushwhack to the ridge and then a nice stroll to the summit. Did this peak first and then Notch later in the day. Great day in the House Range.
I didn't think too much about the warnings in trip reports that this hike required bushwacking. No big deal, I thought. Yeah, about that...
Once I made the ridge, it was a nice stroll across to the peak. Nice day, so I stretched out and took a nap on the rocks.
My friend Ken Jones wanted to do this one as we headed back from our Nevada peak effort and about 1/2 way up through the brush I said myself "I must be nuts to be doing this one again" and of course anyone who does brushfested peaks is nuts. Still, the views on top and that Bristlecone forest made it worthwhile. I did find a tick after the hike.
Part of a whirlwind sleepless solo trip across two nights and a day, to get to the area, take a sort of driving tour of the region, bag this peak, take photos, and get home. Saved Notch Peak for a future trip with company, and took advantage of solitude to enjoy a more obscure destination. Involved some of the more creative and forceful bushwhacking maneuvers I have ever performed. The post-holing (soft afternoon snow) along the summit ridge area was kind of annoying since I left my gaiters home. I think I was the first person to sign the register in 2010. I saw other footprints near the bottom of the route, but even the cairns stopped at the false summit, and I assume lots of people do too. Would have stayed in the area another day, but got a flat tire (lots of sharp limestone on the roads) while exploring off the main roads, right before finding a very secluded campsite, and decided to bail because if I were to get another one (only had one spare), it should be as close to a more-traveled road as possible and ASAP because I'd be able to flag down help easier while it was still the middle of the weekend.
About 5 groups signed the register since Dean and the wasatchnut in May 2008 (last one in Nov). Can't say I have many nice things to say about this peak...although I was comparing it to Notch Peak which I did that morning. Get it if you have to but it's a long drive to get a big bleeding gash on your forehead from a mahogany tree! Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah/western_desert/swasey_peak_281.htm
What a fun mountain with fantastic views at the top! Made the army crawl sections of the epic brush battle worth it...
Dean seems to be on a first name basis with half the people that have signed the register. :)
Woke up to snow in Lehi, hard to believe for this time of year but fellow SP member and I, Jim (aka wasatchnut007) cleaned off the snow and struck out for Swasey Peak, two hours away. Some snow on the road leading up to the area where we parked and on the brushfest (no trail) up the southeast ridge. Nice to find bristlecone trees up near the summit and a cool mailbox register. We were the first to sign the register since Oct 2007 and the register was placed by Gordon Macleod and Barbara Lilley in 1992. Back to the truck in 1 1/2 hour as Jim led the charge downward through the brush. Road to the parking spot at 8000 feet in great shape.
The climb up to the ridge involved bushwhacking my way through the trees and bushes. The traverse leading to the summit had quite a bit of snow for this time of the year. It was a nice clear day so I had a great view from the summit. The summit register was placed there in 1992 and didn't have very many names in it.
Struck out from SLC at 11:30 am, hit the trail around 2:30 pm and back to the truck around 5:00 pm. Very remote peak. Only a handfull of entires in the summit register for the 2003 year.