more than 90% of hike on snowshoes, from south at Johnson Pass. With Akiko, Barb and Chris (Wasatch Mt Club hike). Huge cornices developed - this winter was a good one for snow accumulation!
What a great snowshoe! Breaking trail is a bit of work and unlikely to be done for you, but the views are incredible and the ridge has fine limber pine forests. I really enjoyed this gentle ridge.
I went up the South Ridge route from Johnson Pass as is described on this page. Awesome snowshoe along the ridge. Johnson Pass is about 6500' in elevation and the route was relatively snow free and muddy up until about the 8000' mark. From there it was great snowshoeing. The valleys down below on either side of the ridge were completely socked in with fog and clouds. It made for some dramatic views looking out over the valley floors towards the other peaks in the distances. With all of the ups and downs along the ridge it ended up being over 5000 feet elevation gain and 10 miles roundtrip. Great route to do if you are looking to climb a 10,000 foot peak in the winter.
A Long day but an AWESOME ridge walk. The views are incredible the whole way!
Parked in the wrong spot, GPS indicated we climbed total of 4464 feet elevation gain. Snow conditions were lousy, sliding with snow shoes and postholing without them. Views were excellent however. Encountered snow at 7800 feet with over 5 feet on the east face of the ridge at the summit
With MM. Started at the TH for Deseret Peak and took the Deseret Peak Trail to the saddle. Turned left/east and then walked south along the ridge all the way to Stan Benchmark going over 10230, 10018, 10161, and Vickory along the way. Round trip was about 17 miles with 6300' of elevation gain.
Long before I ever moved to Utah, I found myself driving toward the Western Desert looking for something to climb. It was close to winter, I was unfamiliar with the area but found paved highway 199 accessing Vickory Mountain from the south. The views the entire time (to a Washingtonian) were unlike anything I’d experienced.