Thurston Peak Climber's Log

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Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch - Feb 18, 2018 2:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2017

Gneiss Hike  Sucess!

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.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jan 15, 2018 5:04 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2016

3 Peaks  Sucess!

With Francis Peak & Snow Horse Ridge.


LazyJSkwires - Oct 6, 2017 5:37 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2017

Cloudy  Sucess!

It was cold and cloudy at the top. Not a whole lot else to say. Couldn't see anything up there


BKiser90 - Jul 30, 2017 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2017

Francis to Thurston  Sucess!

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.


morrelli64 - Jun 11, 2016 4:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2016

Half of it was in snow.  Sucess!

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!


bdz132 - Oct 27, 2015 7:58 pm Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2015

Sunrise from Thurston  Sucess!

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.


Highpointer1837 - Aug 8, 2015 6:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2014

Great Fall Color.  Sucess!

Made the hike on a beautiful fall day. Fall foliage was at peak.


DarrenKnezek - Jul 12, 2015 12:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015

Francis to Thurston and Back  Sucess!

Drove up to saddle near Francis Peak. Hiked over to Francis and back. Gorgeous Hike. Hit all the sub-peaks as well.


kteichert - Aug 19, 2014 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014

Ridge Walk  Sucess!

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.


abrennalinerush - Jul 27, 2014 4:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Thirstin' for Thurston  Sucess!

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.


PrinceOfNorway - Jul 27, 2014 12:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Ridge Fun!  Sucess!

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.


utahguy058 - Jul 27, 2014 12:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

Thurston For Less  Sucess!

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!

AjaxHiker - Jun 24, 2014 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

From Francis Peak  Sucess!

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.


Apexrock - May 19, 2014 5:05 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2014

via Fernwood  Sucess!

Headed up to Layton Peak via the Great Western Trail and then ridge hopped our way over to the Thurston Peak. Great views!


sharpa - Apr 20, 2014 5:58 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2014

Scrub oak!  Sucess!

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!


ZeeJay - Oct 26, 2013 7:37 pm Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013

Community Trail  Sucess!

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"


Mooner - Sep 20, 2013 9:26 pm

Up I Go

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.


yadahzoemtn - Sep 14, 2013 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012

Via Kays Creek  Sucess!

Long day.


scgrant - Sep 1, 2013 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

Via Francis  Sucess!

9/1/2013 From Francis followed the ridge, up and over all the highpoints along the way to Thurston. Easy gentle ridge with great views.


Fleshj27 - Jun 15, 2013 9:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013

No Tomato Can  Sucess!

Failed from the North. Failed from the west. Decided to brute force this one and drove up to Francis Peak. Even with the elevation bonus, it is still an 8.5 mile out and back. Made many bad choices (which turned out interesting) and turned a relatively easy hike into a 7 hour epic. Gotta do it again!

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