For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. At the ridge top there's a little sort of archway as one of the choices to exit the up-scramble. Experienced climbers will see plenty of little hand holds and foot jams. Broads Fork Trail. Hounds Tooth RidgeA very long route which approaches from the west, the main attraction of Hounds Tooth Ridge is as a relatively safe winter ascent route. If this isn't clearly the easiest thing you've done since the beginning of the boulder field, you're off route. Broads Fork Twin Peaks, more frequently referred to simply as "Twin Peaks", is the highest and most prominent mountain on the eastern skyline behind Salt Lake Valley. Beautiful. The route often includes ascents of Dromedary and Sunrise Peaks as well. Lower Red-Pine Lake, with Broads Fork Twin Peaks(11,332ft) in the background,Wasatch Mountains, Utah. Choice A: There is some fun quartzite climbing up high, with the occasional snow field or chose pile thrown in for good measure. (304), Climber's Log Entries The center of the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, the peaks here are some of the most rugged to be found in the Wasatch. The following are not permitted: View Broads Fork Twin Peaks Image Gallery - 304 Images. Not sure which one is correct. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. This route is best done as a Spring snow climb, but only under favorable conditions due to its potentially extreme avalanche danger. Bring a headlamp, it's a long day that can stray past intended hours. Ben at the Moraines Bobby at the Moraines. We ended up in a creek bed then bushwacking our way through the young trees untill we saw the trail again. The rock slide part sucks both up and down. One to attempt after you've completed many other hard/difficult level hikes. I arrived at the trailhead parking lot at about 7:45am and it was a little more than half full. Some reasonable people will be turned away here, though other experienced adventurers will proceed with confidence. Hope to hike this in the next year or two. Kicked my butt. You scramble up to a saddle, and along the ridge to the right (northwest), are both of the twin peaks. There's a trick to the ridge though--you'll need to exit the ridge, deal with a slab of rock, then re-enter the ridge. Difficult, yet rewarding! Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. Broads Fork Twin Peaks are the highest and most prominent mountain on the eastern skyline With an elevation of 11,330 feet, the … When you reach the boulder field, there are generous cairns all over the place, but they disappointingly disappear later on when you need them to enter the route up the saddle. It's an easy climb up the seam and then, as he says, stay close to the ridge and all is well. The peak is high and rugged, and the fourth highest peak in the entire Wasatch Range. If there were ground below you, this might be an okay crack to learn on, but the down climb is always harder, and you're in the middle of a wall where the wrong fall might not be stoppable for hundreds of feet. Attempt to stay above the slab by following the ridge, but looking ahead you'd reach a point on the ridge where its a no-go, so you'll figure out a scramble over to a platform at the base of a 3-6 inch vertical crack on the face that goes for 15-20 feet to the ridge. There is a very nice sandy hollow off one of the side trails once you reach the meadow and stream, about 2.3 miles in. Done. I would highly advise bringing some form of map or GPS. Personally I like a little off trail adventure so I liked this hike but I could understand if you didn't have gps it would be tough. The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead. Follow the ridge line E through multiple minor peaks and technical terrain, then SE up the … Just stay near the ridge. Length 10.5 miElevation gain 5285 ftRoute type Out & back Broads Fork Twin Peaks and much of the surrounding area are located within the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, but no fees or permits are required. Beautiful vista capture! From left to right, Dromedary, Sunrise and the East Twin. Back in the day, this route seemed to use intuitive moves, but it's definitely exposed and I'd want to know if the clog of rock at the top is a new obstacle. Al_HikesAZ and Nancy Faye More faved this outdoorPDK 12y. Near the overlook, it enters the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area and levels out some as it veers to the left (south) into Broads Fork Canyon. so satisfying to get to the top, as others have said stay left along the creek bed the entire way and left heading up the boulder field, only about 12 people total on trail versus the hundreds that are on Lake Blanche. This is mostly an ugly scramble with choices of short exposed climbs. This should take you up to the base of the boulder field and it's really a choose-your-own-adventure beyond that point to get to the saddle. All-in-all, the views and adventure made the suffering well worth it. Broads Fork Twin Peaks I started out my solo hike planning on doing Dromedary Peak from the Mill B trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon. (97), Comments Tanners GulchAn excellent Spring and early summer snow climb, although avalanche conditions must be evaluated very carefully. Follow the boulder field SW then S then up the steep forested slope that lead to a saddle. Broads Fork Twin Peaks. Elevation gain: 5,100 ft. Broads Fork Twin Peaks offers a variety of route options, ranging from relatively straight-forward 3rd class scrambles, to exposed 4th class ridges and steep spring snow climbs. I found this photo on this site from Peter Smolke: https://preview.tinyurl.com/yxlz6qwy We followed what we thought was the official trail (it was very well-defined) but it ended up turning into a wash, and once we realized our mistake, it was too late to turn back. Brutal but beautiful as others have said. Broads Fork Twin Peaks (sometimes called Salt Lake Twin Peaks) stand over the city as the tallest peak on the skyline from the downtown area. Near Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Saved by Christy Burnham. Ferguson Canyon/Traverse From Storm Mtn.A long but very enjoyable route which begins from the west in Ferguson Canyon. I love this area. The Broads Fork trail begins near the west corner of the lower parking lot and makes a moderately steep climb westward to an overlook at about 0.3 miles. The sharp dual summits form what I think is North RidgeThis route begins with the standard Broads Fork approach, but gains the north ridge well before reaching the Broads Fork Meadow. We made it to about the ridgeline by following cairns then decided to turn back. It is the first trail that starts from the west end of the lower S-Turn parking lot. GPS had me at 10.3. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. 3 hours 30 minutes to the West Peak, make sure you don't stop on the east Peak only. There are many better, more beautiful strenuous high summits. All Rights Reserved. I scouted the Twin Peaks - got the ridge and the … And there's one kind of sketchy spot on the way up to the first peak. 253 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘broadsforktwinpeaks’ hashtag from Robert Freeze. Snow, ice, and loose shale the entire way up. David Morris seems to describe this on August 31 2020. The route merges with the Robinson Variation at the top of the Robinson Couloir. there was a little snow and the trail was hard to follow then it got sketchy on the ridge but it was still good. Photo taken on the summit of Dromedary Peak, by John Davies. Robinson VariationAn excellent variation of the Broads Fork route, this route follows the Broads Fork approach, but then ascends to the saddle well to the north of the summit, then follows the long north ridge which divides Broads Fork and Deaf Smith Canyons. On your way back down, after your out of all the rocky stuff, there's a little trap in the wetland area. This is a beautiful, steep trail following a raging creek in the spring. When you're fairly close to the saddle, you'll notice a white section of cliff in the middle of the base of the rise to the saddle so that you'll need to choose left or right. The trail head is just 18 miles from our plant. The trail ends near a pond in a high valley. I decided on Broads Fork Twin Peaks. Here, at about 6,125', you've 6.5-7.0 miles of moderate to difficult hiking to the top of Broad's Fork Twin Peak at 11,330'. From there, the ridge is pretty intimidating — there is a flat cliff section where you have to step along a narrow ledge until you come to a corner that is scalable (5.5-ish free climb) up about 30 feet. Lastly, Broads Fork is up a completley different Canyon than Park city. "American Fork" Twin Peaks is actually the higher of the two, at 11,489 feet (3,502 m), and is the tallest peak of Salt Lake County. Broads Fork Twin Peaks - Robinson Variation, September 1, 2007. You are likely to get off path multiple times, lost and struggle to stay on course. There's a prominent fork in the trail leading you down into a swamp that probably isn't the way you came. What to know about the scramble up the saddle: As seen from Upper Red-Pine Lake,looking north. Mistakes were made. Rachel Fisher shows a typical approach to the platform at the base of the crack: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y6mmvvh7 Broads Fork Twin Peaks as viewed from the saddle just below the summit of Mount Olympus. The Broads Fork trailhead is four miles up the Big Cottonwood Canyon road (UT-190). Slightly west of the ridge is generally decent footing for you as you head northwest to finish the ridgeline of the saddle. definitely incredibly strenuous, I'd say fairly close to Lone Peak, just shorter and with more scrambling. Al_HikesAZ 12y. Start by following the well defined trail from the SW corner of the parking lot for Mill B where a small trail sign says Broad's Fork. It was definitely not the official trail and was incredibly sketchy (loose skree, bouldering handholds, etc.). Coming down on Saturday I got down the ridge fine but as I was navigating down through the drop-offs I slipped on some scree and did two 10-15 foot drops. Sometimes that wall provides helpful handholds. (10), Images Cottonwood Ridge TraverseBroads Fork Twin Peaks are the highest point on this long and challenging ridge scramble. Needless to say, the summit views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding Wasatch Mountains are excellent. good views. After an hour or so, you should reach this open meadow that offers beautiful views of the Twin Peaks valley/cirque. Since I had been up Broads Fork Canyon about a month ago I had a good idea of where I was headed. The trail at this point is well-maintained, although still steep in most sections. Great hike up to the ridge until you start climbing the ridge. Exposure and varying terrain. Lisa Falls DirectAn infrequently used route beginning in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which ascends the Lisa Falls drainage. You climb the ridge briefly and then drop down to the left (west). The trail to the base of the boulder field is the easy part — and it’s not that easy. You'll likely want to approach that platform from below. Choose left. The Camping within 200 feet of lakes, streams, springs, etc. Great view at the top and fun terrain toward the top. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org. This post has a lot of inaccuracy about where you are. It's a good way to spend a day, going up a route you've probably eyed on your way to Snowbird. On this route, there's a sort of low wall that you'll keep to your left as you hike up the platforms of dirt on a beaten route. There were cairns, but they were absolutely useless, and more or less misleading. Deaf Smith CanyonThe major canyon on the west face of the peak, Deaf Smith Canyon forks into a north and south branch, either of which can be followed to the summit by various methods. The trail runs through a beautiful stand of Aspen First view (early morning) of the Broads Fork Basin A good look at the route ahead - climb the couloir in the middle of the frame, scramble south across the ridge, then summit the eastern Twin Peak, located in the upper left of the shot. There were a couple of big drops/climbs once you reach the saddle and start up the ridge, but you can bypass these with some creative route finding/scrambling. With an elevation of 11,330 feet (east summit) and 11,328 feet (west summit), the Twins rise nearly 7,000 vertical feet above the valley floor. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Had you been suckered into choosing the tempting route right of center, you'd be scrambling a few obstacle-course stunts and dodging a slippery slab covered with dirt above a drop off. Broads Fork Twin Peaks Running Trail, Cottonwood Heights, Utah A strikingly beautiful trail through glacial valleys with amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley. All in all prepare for hard to follow trails, some rolled ankles, and come with determination if you are trying to summit. There seem to be several routes up the mountain so be sure to keep left at any trail fork beyond the meadow, even if the trail appears overgrown (the official trail which we took on the descent was somewhat overgrown in parts). 7 years ago. The most commonly used ascent route is via Broads Fork, a class 3 climb of 5,100+ vertical feet with some scrambling an… You definitely want Gordon's option B below (once you hit the saddle). The trail is marked and easy to follow for a good chunk of the way. 1 After a mile or so cross the bridge over these pretty cascades. None of this is too technically challenging, but if you are afraid of heights, this section would be terrifying. Broads Fork Twin Peaks, more frequently referred to simply as "Twin Peaks", is the highest and most prominent mountain on the eastern skyline behind Salt Lake Valley. Hiking info, trail maps, and 8 trip reports from Twin Peaks West (Broads Fork) (11,330 ft) in the Wasatch of Utah I loved the hike. To get there, you'll traverse left on a reasonable walkway which stops short of the seam. Ben and I climbed Twin Peaks via Broads Fork. A lot of rock fields to navigate toward the upper basin. From the trailhead, the Broads Fork Trail #055 ascends through a pretty forest as it goes toward the Broads Fork drainage. Once you're on the ridge past your choice of crux, it's fairly smooth sailing to both peaks. I'm not sure if there's a route C. 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