Thurston Peak Climber's Log

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Allgauerjodler - Jun 7, 2009 6:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

More effort than expected...  Sucess!

Via Francis Peak... It's about 4.5 miles, and who knows how much in elevation gain. The snow really slows you down, and you'll lose the trail completely in sections. But there's no scrambling needed to stick to the ridge, just be patient as you climb up, and then down, and then up, and then down... typical ridge hike. But it's beautiful, and a good early-year peak-bagging opportunity if you're attempting to bag them all in one summer.


Digiclimber - Apr 2, 2009 11:31 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2002

Nice!  Sucess!

The hardest part of this was the drive up Farmington Canyon!


LonePeakFreak - Jun 24, 2008 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008

Third Time's the Charm  Sucess!

Traversed ridgeline from Francis in deep snow. The trail's in bad shape. Climbed to ridgeline from Fernwood Dr. trailhead twice (Feb '08 and early May '08) and got caught in whiteout conditions both times. Finally had clear skies and lots of sun in late June.


Garfimi - Dec 31, 2007 12:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006

Francis Peak ridge  Sucess!

Drove up Farmington Canyon, started hiking where the dirt road turns into the trail. Had great weather until coming back, when my father-in-law and I got caught by a thunderstorm. Would love to do an early spring summit via Adams Canyon.


Outdoorpartner - Sep 6, 2007 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2007

Where is the trail?  Sucess!

I traversed over from Layton peak, which was quite a bushwacking adventure. I could not find a trail to go down; I made my own way down to the Great Western trail and then headed out. Summit log is in a jar under some rocks on the peak.


apachedino - Aug 10, 2007 3:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2007

Fun Ridge Run  Sucess!

Fun Ridge Run


KirtDavis - Jul 4, 2007 9:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Fireworks  Sucess!

What a way to spend Independance Day! We parked at Smith Creek Lakes and bagged Thurston Peak just a few hours later.

It was hot, but not miserable. The wildflowers were showing their colors, and there was still some snow on the east side that I just had to make a snowangel in.


weeds19 - Apr 19, 2007 12:20 am Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2002

After work adventure  Sucess!

I had a chance to leave work a little early on a great October day. With perfect weather all around my wife and I made a quick hike up Thurston and made it home for the Packers game on Monday night football.


soccerman - Dec 26, 2006 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2003

From Kays Creek  Sucess!

I've been here a few times. We usually park at Kay's Creek and then hike up and over the mountain straight to my house in Morgan County. Fun hike. Very steep acent.


madsjim - Sep 10, 2006 7:14 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006

Route: Francis Peak route  Sucess!

Drove to the top of Francis and hiked the ridge. It was very enjoyable. The scenery is beautiful at the top and I enjoyed the leasurely hike over to Thurston. It is was fun, a little longer than I expected but worth the trip.


Dean - Jun 6, 2006 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Great views  Sucess!

Drove up the road instead of hiking up Kay's Creek as planned. Too hot to hike it from down below and I didn't have the time to do it from that route. Someday I'll hike it from the Fernwood Picnic area as originally planned. The last bit of road to Francis was a bit nervewracking but open all the way to Francis.

boojem - Aug 9, 2005 1:46 pm

Date Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!

Very nice ridge hike.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Jul 24, 2005 10:21 pm

Route Climbed: Frances Pk Date Climbed: 9 July 2005  Sucess!

Beautiful day. It was good to meet 2 other SPers on the summit with their fun living dogs.


ecallahan - Jul 18, 2005 2:40 pm

Route Climbed: Francis Peak Date Climbed: 9 July 2005  Sucess!

Easy hike/stroll across the ridges. Decided to summit the smaller peaks along the way to make things more interesting. Dogs loved the many snow field crossings. Clear skies, but the blasted wind kept me from noticing a terrible sunburn developing.


mountaingazelle - Apr 30, 2005 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 1997

Francis Peak, Kays Creek, Adams Canyon Date Climbed: Nov 2, 1997  Sucess!

July 4, 1995 - Drove up Farmington Canyon Road to Francis Peak and hiked toward Thurston Peak. There was a lot of snow still on the ridge.

November 2, 1997 - We traversed from Francis Peak to Thurston. It was late in the year and very cold. The ridge was covered in snow the whole way. The views are great and the summit plaque is very nice.

I've been up Adams Canyon many times. It is my favorite way to climb the mountain. It is also a good winter hike. Kays Creek is a long hike from the valley.


nebben - Apr 9, 2005 5:07 pm

Route Climbed: Farmington Ridge Date Climbed: June 25, 2003  Sucess!

I had been to Francis Peak (before 9/11) several times by car. Now, the gate was locked a mile or so below the summit. I followed the 4wd road around the East side of Francis, and eventually on a single track trail that went over the bumps of the ridge. It was all near sunset and just plain awesome. I crossed an eastfacing snowfield when it was slushy on the way to Thurston. On the way back, it was hard ice and extremely precarious in tennis shoes. Next time I'll kick better steps, bring crampons, or just avoid the snow slope altogether and go over the ridge. Fantastic views to the Uintas, Stansbury mountains, Little Cottonwood canyon, etc. Too many 4 wheelers come out after dark though.

I had attempted this peak at least twice previously as a teenager and only got up halfway before giving up because of excessive bushwhacking on the trail from behind the castle. (I hadn't ever tried on Farmington ridge before)


imontop - Feb 24, 2005 4:25 pm

Route Climbed: Adams Canyon Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!

I'll add the route later. If you want a challenge, this is the route. Alot of bushwacking, but most of that was my own stupidity! Oh yeah! Rattlesnakes! lots of 'em!

skirob00 - Feb 7, 2005 3:53 am

Route Climbed: Francis peak ridge Date Climbed: Feb 1 2005  Sucess!

Tons of snow. Hiked/Snowshoed from the gate below the weather station. This adds a mile or two on the trip but still a great winter hike away from the SLC crowd. Crampons would have been nice, a little icy on some of the east facing exposures in the A.M.


grandwazoo - Jul 11, 2004 8:08 pm

Route Climbed: Farmington Ridge Date Climbed: July-2004  Sucess!

Brought my mountain bike for the first mile or so and continued on foot to the peak, had the place to myself, great weather. Did the round trip in just over two hours... biked and ran a good portion of the trail.


MrWasatch - Apr 18, 2004 9:53 pm

Route Climbed: via Francis Peak, via Kays Creek Date Climbed: 1996, 2003  Sucess!

Very enjoyable via Francis Peak. Open ridges, great views. Not so enjoyable from Kays Creek, steep and long!

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