drove up to almost to Francis Peak, then north of county line peaks 9403, 9381, 9491, 9423 and Thurston Peak.
Two snowfield crossings and I followed the GW trail around looking for an easy way to the top. That added a little mileage and actually more bushwacking. When I got to the top, there were two other people who had hiked over from Francis Peak. Beautiful views up there, but still a lot of snow on the west face. Took 8 1/2 hours.
My 3rd Utah county high point. Thurston Peak via Farmington Canyon and Francis Peak.
Hiked from the area below Francis peak. Couldn't stop looking at the beautiful rock along the way. Farmington Canyon formation: oldest rock in Utah. Huge feldspar crystals.
With Francis Peak & Snow Horse Ridge.
It was cold and cloudy at the top. Not a whole lot else to say. Couldn't see anything up there
Great little hike from the hiking area below Francis. The views from on top were amazing as it was a relatively clear summer day. Had the peak all to ourselves for about a half hour. Could see west to Pilot Peak in NV, east to the Uintas, down south to Mt. Nebo, and north to the Bear River Range.
Started near Francis and worked the way over to Thurston. About half the trail was still covered in deep snow, which made for a slower going and nerve ending climb. The views, oh the views!
I left in the evening after work and hiked up part way via Kays Creek. I pitched my tent at the campsite with the stove and fire pit. It was much colder than I expected, with snow on the ground. I left an hour before sunrise and reached the summit as the sun was coming up. Great view.
Thanks to Moogie737 for the thorough trip report. I think I wouldn't have been able to follow the trail without it.
Made the hike on a beautiful fall day. Fall foliage was at peak.
Drove up to saddle near Francis Peak. Hiked over to Francis and back. Gorgeous Hike. Hit all the sub-peaks as well.
Took the ridge from Francis across to Thurston. I followed the trail under the summit to the northwest ridge of Thurston and then up. Followed the same route down. I think if I ever did this hike again, I'd head up the Southeast ridge of Thurston and cut off a little. Trail was a little overgrown, but the route is pretty straight forward. Round trip 10 miles and 2500' of elevation gain.
Sorry, but I just had to use a gross title like utahguy058. I really enjoyed this ridge run! It's always fun to scamper [relatively effortlessly] across multiple summits. So pretty, too! Started just below Francis and hiked across to hit Thurston followed by Peak 9491 and finally Francis on the way back. Some girls on dirt bikes were confused that we were afoot. Silly girls.
It really isn't your typical drive-up. There's plenty of mileage and vert to be had going from Francis to Thurston, especially if you hit Peak 9491. Make it a Three-fer and everyone in your group will thank you. Great sunset too, BTDubbs.
For some reason in my head I thought this was going to be a quick little jaunt, instead it was a four hour ordeal. It however was gorgeous! The ridge climb up to Thurston definitely was a good workout, and was happy when the summit was reached! The views were incredible, I have to admit I quite liked it. Also hit peak 9491 along the way and Francis. Triple peak day!
This was a fun little hike, although a little harder than I expected due to some lingering snow and missing the final ascent to the peak. Not paying attention & thinking I hadn't gone far enough yet, skirted around Thurston to the west on a game trail & thereby got to hike some of the ridgeline north. Found the summit on my way back.
Headed up to Layton Peak via the Great Western Trail and then ridge hopped our way over to the Thurston Peak. Great views!
Took the Adams Canyon north ridge route. The morning was nice... breezy, partly cloudy, cool. There was no snow to deal with until the trail turned towards the cabin. I postholed up to the spur ridge where I could see the summit/summit ridge. To get to the ridge is a miserable bushwack through scrub oak. Once on the ridge the snow was quite deep but most of it was consolidated fairly well. I walked the ridge all the way to the summit.
This is a fun route but I could do without the scrub oak. I hate that stuff!
Started at the Fernwood TH and took the community trail to Layton Peak and then followed the ridge to Thurston. On the way back, took a side trip to the "Layton Nipple"
09/20/13 Started Biking from where the road split to go to either Bountiful or Francis Peak. Hit Francis first and biked all the way to Thurston and then back to my car. RT Time was 4hr 15 mins.... Could have been faster but my dog Nebo came and ran the whole way.