San Juan Highpoint Mt Peale
Hopefully, this page now serves as an easy way to find summitpost pages that have been created on Utah county highpoints. Only one county highpoint remains without a dedicated page but even this one, a liner (Wasatch county) which does has a route page which will aid you if seeking information and pictures about it.
Many of Utah's county highpoints are less than exciting as far as challenges go:
Carbon's Monument Peak, Iron's Brianhead, Millard's Mine Camp Peak, Emery's East, Wasatch's liner, Kane's liner and Wayne's Bluebell Knoll but all have interesting aspects and are worthwhile in their own right. Brianhead's views are outstanding and just getting to Bluebell Knoll is an adventure in itself. Many others are challenges to get to but all of them together will let you experience Utah in a unique and special way. You'll never forget the mini adventures all will provide you with.
Utah's county highpointing got a big boost by the publication of two books,
High in Utah and Hiking Utah's Summits. Of the two books, the High in Utah book is the better purchase. One of the best sources of information on the County Highpoints of Utah can be found at www.cohp.org
However, Utah has outstanding county highpoints such as Kings Peak, Mt. Nebo, Ibapah Peak, Deseret Peak, Mt. Peale, Mt. Waas, American Twin and Mt. Ellen
Check back from time to time as I work on this page.
Utah County Highpoints:
Delano Peak 12,173 feet
Box Elder County
Bull Mtn 9920 feet
Naomi Peak 9979 feet
Monument Peak 10,452 feet
Eccentric Peak 12,276
Thurston Peak 9706 feet
Kings Peak 13,528
East Mtn 10,743 feet
Mount Ellen 11,522
Mount Waas 12,331
Brian Head Peak 11,307
Ibapah Peak 12,087
On county line 10,040
Mine Camp Peak 10,222 feet
Thurston Peak 9706
Delano Peak 12,173
Bridger Peak 9255'
Salt Lake County
American Twin Peaks 11,489'
San Juan County
Mount Peale 12,721'
So. Tent Mtn 11,285'
Fishlake Hightop Mtn 11,633'
Gilbert Peak 13442
Deseret Peak 11,031
Mt. Nebo 11,928
On county line at 10,840
Signal Peak 10,365
Bluebell Knoll 11,328
Willard Peak 9764
While the highest peak in Wasatch county is Mount Cardwell at 10,743, the actual highest spot of land in Wasatch county is found on the side of Mt. Murdock at the 10,840' level. In county highpointing talk, it is referred to as a liner. So if you climb Mount Cardwell thinking you have climbed the highest peak in the county, you would be correct but in order to claim reaching the highest spot of land in the county, you must find the "liner" on the side of Mt. Murdock. I hope that is clear since the rules of county highpointing require the highest spot of land be reached. Mount Cardwell would the highest peak, but not the county highpoint. OK, moving on. Scott Patterson has a SP page on Bald Mountain
which is close to thise interesting area where the Wasatch County highpoint is. I attached a trip report to his page which highlighted the County highpoint and that can be found HERE
. It has several pictures that I didn't include in this section. The following is from my trip there:
I parked just below the Bald Mountain Overlook (roughly 28+ miles from Kamas) and started from there. I had pre-loaded GPS coordinates and that helped me tremendously. A little cross country effort of maybe 15 minutes found me soon in the correct area (lots of rock and talus) and I began my search for the HP. I quickly ruled out the Topozone co-ordinate and used the directions given by Edward Earl in his report. I saw several cairns in the area but all but two seemed off the mark (in my opinion of course). A large one to the north was actually a bit out of the area and I GPS'd each one and have listed them below. Two of the closest were rather interesting. One simply consisted of about 16 stones placed in an arch shape and the other was on top of a rock with a good view of a pretty lake down below. This was the cairn put up by Gerry and Jennifer Roach along with Dave Covill and it came complete with a small pill bottle register. In my searching for the true HP, I felt it was close to these two mentioned cairns (see below). The closest one to the correct spot in my opinion was the large cairn put up by Gerry and Jennifer Roach and Dave Covill. I found the small pill bottle with its register and found three entries which were:
08-24-02 - Gerry & Jennifer Roach and Dave Covill
07-03-03 - Ken Akerman (his 18th Utah cohp)
09-29-03 - T-bone and the Sherpa (yup, I'm not making this up)
I signed in below good ole "T-Bone".
So, the spot that I felt was highest and still within Wasatch county was here.
My GPS-derived coordinates for the HP (NAD27 datum): (40.67880° N, 110.90130° W)
I took the following GPS-derived coordinates for the cairns found there:
(40.67844° N, 110.90164° W) - the Roach / Covill cairn
(40.67883° N, 110.90165° W) - 16 Stone cairn
(40.68113° N, 110.90034° W) - large cairn to north
(40.68031° N, 110.90168° W) - small cairn
I parked my car at (40.68418° N, 110.90290° W).
I didn't take the time to climb up to the summit of Mt. Murdock or Mt. Cardwell (nearby) but I recommend reading Edward Earl's trip report as well as this message.
Don't forget to take in the scenery of this area, it is varied and amazing. Some great stuff as you head back towards Kamas.
A 3 dollar fee per day is levied on cars that park anywhere along the highway unless you have a Golden Age Passport which gets you a freebie by just displaying it on your dash.
Time spent in the HP area, one hour. 1/3rd of a mile to the HP and less than 300 feet elevation gain.
My SP trip report
contains more info and pictures.
County highpoints over 12,000 feet
To qualify, the peak needs to be over 12,000 feet.
Here they are:
1. Kings Peak 13,528 Duchesne county
2. Gilbert Peak 13,442 Summit county
3. Mt. Peale 12,741 San Juan county
4. Mt. Waas 12,331 Grand county
5. Eccentric Pk 12,276 Uintah-Daggett counties
6. Delano Peak 12,173 Beaver-Piute counties
7. Ibapah Peak 12,087 Juab county
There are 8 cohp's over 11,000 feet and 6 over 10,000 feet. Mt. Nebo just misses being a 12,000 footer by 72 feet. The highest I've ever slept on a mountain was at 11,000 feet when we were doing Fishlake Hightop. What a great state. Check out the scenery on the way from Bluebell Knoll to Mt. Ellen as we traveled the backroads of Utah.
Helpful resourcesHigh in Utah
(a book about the county highpoints)
Mountaineering in Utah by Michael Kelsey
It has a short section on North and South Tent peaks.
County highpoint site www.cohp.org
State Completers (thanks to www.cohp.org)
Utah State Completers:
highpointer final county date
Winford Bludworth Salt Lake 09-26-1992
Paul Hatch ?? ??-??-????
Ty Hanson Salt Lake 08-23-1997
Evan Hanson Salt Lake 08-23-1997
Vernon Bonfield Salt Lake 08-23-1997
Mike Weibel ?? ??-??-????
Dan Miller ?? ??-??-????
Bob Packard Juab 10-02-1998
Andy Martin Juab 08-21-1999
Bob Graham Beaver/Piute 10-02-1999
Jobe Wymore Summit 08-26-2000
Bob Martin Juab 09-03-2000
Val Todd Kane 10-21-2000
John Vitz Rich 09-15-2001
Scott Casterlin Morgan/Davis 07-20-2003
Edward Earl Morgan/Davis 07-20-2003
Barbara Lilley Weber 08-18-2003
Gordon MacLeod Summit 08-25-2003
Kline Barney Kane 09-30-2003
James Wedekind Salt Lake 07-31-2004
Jessica Wedekind Salt Lake 07-31-2004
Rik Dunham Box Elder 08-28-2004
Adam Helman Juab 09-06-2004
Gerry Roach Washington 09-30-2004
Jennifer Roach Washington 09-30-2004
Bill Schuler Salt Lake 12-22-2004
Lowell Hurst Duchesne 08-20-2005
Ben Bennion Grand 09-07-2005
Sherilyn Bennion Grand 09-07-2005
Doug Springmeyer Grand 10-27-2005
Ben Knorr Garfield 01-07-2006
Dennis Poulin Summit 08-22-2006
Dean Molen Summit 08-22-2006
Diane Winger Juab 08-28-2006
Charlie Winger Juab 08-28-2006
Dale Millsap Daggett & Uintah 10-19-2007
Alan Issacson Box Elder 3-30-2008 (see story below)
Dan Iverson Grand 08-01-2008
Bob Schwab Juab 08-02-2008
Randy Winters Washington 09-28-2008
Melissa Winters Washington 09-28-2008
Ryan Harris Juab 08-22-2009
Marshall Harris Juab 08-22-2009
Michael Hannan Garfield 11-09-2009
Wesley Wright Utah 9-4-2010
Brian Frankle Morgan 11-10-2011
Tim Tolman San Juan 7-16-2011
Jared Tolman San Juan 7-16-2011
George Vandersluis Emery 8-28-2011
Blaine Sorenson Grand 7-30-2013
Linda Sorenson Grand 7-30-2013
Kirk Mallory Cache 8-1-2014
Beth Anderson Juab 9-1-2014
Ron Anderson Juab 9-12014
Laura Klein Juab 9-1-2014
Russ Klein Juab 9-1-2014
Miriam Langford Juab 9-13-14
Bob Langford Juab 9-13-14
Mary Ann Jenkins Juab 9-13-14
Stan Jenkins Juab 9-13-14
Gayle Allen ?? ?? (2013)
Jobe Wymore has completed all of the Utah county highpoints TWICE. Mine Camp Peak in Millard county was his 2nd time around finale on 6-30-2014
Please email me if your name has been left off this list or you know of someone who has completed the state.
Update: In a post at the cohp forum
, it was noted that Alan Isaacson completed the state at Box Elder cohp of Bull Mtn but perished on the descent when he was caught in bad weather (march 2008). A reminder that the mountains can be insensitive to our goals and dreams. Below is copy of the notice that is referred to in the post above:
My cousin, Alan E. Isaacson, was a county highpointer that I would like to see acknowledged on your web site. His final county, Box Elder, Utah, was completed March 30, 2008, where Mr. Isaacson perished in an unforeseen snow storm on his descent down the mountain. His body was recovered the following day by authorities and hiking companion, Jim Turner. Accomplishing all 29 counties was very important to Mr. Isaacson and would place him as No. 37 on your completion list. Would you please consider noting Mr. Isaacson on your list as No. 37 as this was his final accomplishment in life. This would help bring closure to a difficult loss for us, and would give proper recognition to a gentle soul.
Thank you for your consideration.
More Tragic News
Loss of cohp'er - summer of 2014
A 35 year old man who was attempting to do all of the Utah county highpoints in the same calendar year lost his life when he was descending American Forks Twin Peak (Salt Lake County) in August. He had as I understand it, only three or four left to complete the state and my condolences go out to his family. His loss is a tragedy and a reminder to each of us to be as careful as we can be when we are hiking or climbing in the mountains.