Sign Up or Log In The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead. Scrambles all over after upper trail starts. 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. Ferguson Canyon/Traverse From Storm Mtn.A long but very enjoyable route which begins from the west in Ferguson Canyon. 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. Camping within 200 feet of lakes, streams, springs, etc. Done. Very adventurous hike! Stay with the bigger boulders to the left, then work toward the right at the top to gain a slanting ledge that takes you up and to the left where you can scramble up the last bit to the saddle. Refer to the route pages for complete details on these routes. "Broads Fork" Twin Peaks is only 11,330 ft tall (3,450 m) and the second highest of Salt Lake County. (97), Comments 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. Slightly west of the ridge is generally decent footing for you as you head northwest to finish the ridgeline of the saddle. one, you can easily see the other. (304), Climber's Log Entries 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. Let me be practical and suggest how to get through the saddle and the choices of cruxes on the way to the peak(s). 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'. But the climb to the ridge is dicey. Needless to say, the summit views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding Wasatch Mountains are excellent. One of the hardest hikes I've done. You'll likely want to approach that platform from below. The trail at this point is well-maintained, although still steep in most sections. 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. definitely incredibly strenuous, I'd say fairly close to Lone Peak, just shorter and with more scrambling. Length 10.5 miElevation gain 5285 ftRoute type Out & back Broads Fork Twin Peaks Running Trail, Cottonwood Heights, Utah A strikingly beautiful trail through glacial valleys with amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley. For example, the Great hike up to the ridge until you start climbing the ridge. Elevation gain: 5,100 ft. After reading about 3 different ways to summit, I decided on the Robinson Variation of the Broads Fork Trail head because it sounded like the safest route, and perhaps the easiest. 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. The center of the Twin Peaks Wilderness Area, the peaks here are some of the most rugged to be found in the Wasatch. After a mile or so cross the bridge over these pretty cascades. 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. good views. It's an easy climb up the seam and then, as he says, stay close to the ridge and all is well. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. The sharp dual summits form what I think is My goal for the day was the Twin Peaks of Broads Fork (not to be confused with American Fork – Twin Peaks near Snowbird). Get there by either Taking I-15 to I-215 east at about 60th south, or take I-80 east to Wasatch Boulevard. Lower Red-Pine Lake, with Broads Fork Twin Peaks(11,332ft) in the background,Wasatch Mountains, Utah. On your way back down, after your out of all the rocky stuff, there's a little trap in the wetland area. 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. The trail ends near a pond in a high valley. Rachel Fisher shows a typical approach to the platform at the base of the crack: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y6mmvvh7 The trail head is just 18 miles from our plant. 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. Broads Fork Twin Peaks is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. There is some fun quartzite climbing up high, with the occasional snow field or chose pile thrown in for good measure. Beautiful vista capture! 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. If this isn't clearly the easiest thing you've done since the beginning of the boulder field, you're off route. It is approximately ten miles round-trip to summit Twin Peaks, and about seven or eight miles to the meadow and beaver pond located just below the peaks. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Al_HikesAZ and Nancy Faye More faved this outdoorPDK 12y. Great photo. At the ridge top there's a little sort of archway as one of the choices to exit the up-scramble. You follow that across until you hit the seam. The following are not permitted: View Broads Fork Twin Peaks Image Gallery - 304 Images. Great view at the top and fun terrain toward the top. There's a sense of accomplishment from getting past a variety of obstacles and a long day of work. After reaching the northwest end of the saddle, facing northwest, you'll notice a wide steep slab of rock below the ridgeline. We ended up in a creek bed then bushwacking our way through the young trees untill we saw the trail again. Lisa Falls DirectAn infrequently used route beginning in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which ascends the Lisa Falls drainage. David Morris seems to describe this on August 31 2020. Not sure which one is correct. Choice A: Broads Fork would be a spectacular destination even without summiting Twin Peaks. On the saddle, head E up the ridge on a shale slope, to a 5th class scramble to a peak. Length 4.9 miElevation gain 2116 ftRoute type Out & back As seen from Upper Red-Pine Lake,looking north. 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. Definitely the most challenging of the peaks I've done in the Wasatch (Pfiefferhorn, Monte Cristo, Superior, Sunset, Raymond, Sundial, Olympus, AF Twins). It is the first trail that starts from the west end of the lower S-Turn parking lot. Since I had been up Broads Fork Canyon about a month ago I had a good idea of where I was headed. It was definitely not the official trail and was incredibly sketchy (loose skree, bouldering handholds, etc.). 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. What to know about the scramble up the saddle: 7 years ago. There are many better, more beautiful strenuous high summits. Beautiful. 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. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade. I loved the hike. Look for rock piles to guide you. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dangerous af. Al_HikesAZ 12y. The route often includes ascents of Dromedary and Sunrise Peaks as well. Ben at the Moraines Bobby at the Moraines. Returning from the peak, take a moment to notice a couple of trails leading away from it to make sure you're following the intended one. After an hour or so, you should reach this open meadow that offers beautiful views of the Twin Peaks valley/cirque. Great over night climb up Broads Fork Twin Peaks on June 21-22, 2013. Bring a headlamp, it's a long day that can stray past intended hours. Broads Fork Twin Peaks are the highest and most prominent mountain on the eastern skyline With an elevation of 11,330 feet, the … 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. 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. There's a prominent fork in the trail leading you down into a swamp that probably isn't the way you came. Mount Raymond via Butler Fork and Desolation Trail, Dog Lake Reynold's Peak and Butler Fork Loop Trail, Twin Peaks via Ferguson Canyon to Broad's Fork. Nick, Doug and I left after work on Friday and headed up to the Broads Fork Trail just up Big Cottonwood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City. Might not even summit, a good portion turn back before. None of this is too technically challenging, but if you are afraid of heights, this section would be terrifying. Broads Fork Twin Peaks elev 11,330' via the North Ridge Robinson Variation Back up in northern Utah and time for another hike! Even so, this is a challenging route which involves over 5,000 vertical feet of elevation gain, and an exposed 3rd class scramble. 1 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. From the trailhead, the Broads Fork Trail #055 ascends through a pretty forest as it goes toward the Broads Fork drainage. And there's one kind of sketchy spot on the way up to the first peak. This route is best done as a Spring snow climb, but only under favorable conditions due to its potentially extreme avalanche danger. Broads Fork Twin Peaks is a 16.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot. 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. The parking lot fills quickly in the summer months.Access to Deaf Smith is difficult and threatened by homeowners. Get current and better information than I mention here. I would highly advise bringing some form of map or GPS. Kicked my butt. Broads Fork Twin Peaks I started out my solo hike planning on doing Dromedary Peak from the Mill B trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Choose left. Hiking info, trail maps, and 8 trip reports from Twin Peaks West (Broads Fork) (11,330 ft) in the Wasatch of Utah At a certain point the trail disappears and it is an ugly frustrating scramble in lose rocks, prickly plants, and slippery snow. Once I reached the saddle to the west of Twin Peaks, there were steep drop-offs on both sides and very exposed terrain. The peak is high and rugged, and the fourth highest peak in the entire Wasatch Range. We hiked up Bonkers, getting to the top of Stairs Gulch around 4:15. Mistakes were made. Banged up but not broken. The route merges with the Robinson Variation at the top of the Robinson Couloir. I arrived at the trailhead parking lot at about 7:45am and it was a little more than half full. I found this photo on this site from Peter Smolke: https://preview.tinyurl.com/yxlz6qwy This route joins the Robinson Variation at approximately 10,600 feet. I will attempt the left fork next time for an east-side approach of the summit. Near Cottonwood Heights, Utah. All-in-all, the views and adventure made the suffering well worth it. Tanners GulchAn excellent Spring and early summer snow climb, although avalanche conditions must be evaluated very carefully. Know Before You Go. I'm not sure if there's a route C. Some here seem to describe something that is not recognized as choice A or B and which might not reach the summit. Hiking info, trail maps, and 25 trip reports from Twin Peaks East (Broads Fork) (11,330 ft) in the Wasatch Range of Utah The trail to the base of the boulder field is the easy part — and it’s not that easy. 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). 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. Broads Fork Twin Peaks as viewed from the saddle just below the summit of Mount Olympus. The trail was difficult to follow, the first few miles are easy but after that it quickly becomes a free for all and you kinda just go wherever works. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Stairs GulchThis route ascends the steep Stairs Gulch drainage to the north of the peak. Don't invent your own (dangerous) route, the choices really are limited when you approach from Broads Fork. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. (10), Images Photos and trail descriptions of 'Broads Fork Twin Peaks' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. 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. This is more about crossing a peak off your list that you can see from the valley than it is for enjoyment. From the summit of Storm Mountain a long ridge can be followed to the summit of the East Twin. I scouted the Twin Peaks - got the ridge and the … (5), Salt Lake Twins North Face Couloir 4-12-05 (Powstash), Tagging along on the '08 WMC Triple Traverse, Good Things Come in Threes - Triple Traverse. "We scrambled up, down, and across loose rocks, up and over rock walls (some low class 5 material with significant exposure), and up steep, loose couloirs to the summit of Broads Fork Twin Peaks 6.5 miles from the trailhead." To get there, you'll traverse left on a reasonable walkway which stops short of the seam. Start lower on the slab in sort of a wide corner seam in a the rock. You definitely want Gordon's option B below (once you hit the saddle). We made it to about the ridgeline by following cairns then decided to turn back. A lot of rock fields to navigate toward the upper basin. 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. Once you're on the ridge past your choice of crux, it's fairly smooth sailing to both peaks. Disposing of garbage, debris, or other waste. 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. Brutal but beautiful as others have said. Exposure and varying terrain. While standing atop either one, the other can easily be seen. 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. 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.The most commonly used ascent route is via Broads Fork, a class 3 climb of 5,100+ vertical feet with some scrambling and exposure. App has the distance at 8.5 miles. Broads Fork is a trailhead, not a Park. Hope to hike this in the next year or two. Broads Fork Twin Peaks : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. After the corner, the rest of the way to the summit(s) is light scrambling at most. This post has a lot of inaccuracy about where you are. The west peak of this Wasatch mountain is one of the more prominent peaks visible from the Salt Lake Valley. The views are incredible -- especially from the West Twin. Snow, ice, and loose shale the entire way up. There may be a way to do the ridge and avoid this corner, but I couldn't find it going up or coming down. You are likely to get off path multiple times, lost and struggle to stay on course. Experienced climbers will see plenty of little hand holds and foot jams. Coming back down, the ridgeline is just as tricky and the boulder field is just as sketchy. Just stay near the ridge. From the trailhead, the Broads Fork Trail #055 ascends through a pretty forest as it goes toward the Broads Fork drainage. Some reasonable people will be turned away here, though other experienced adventurers will proceed with confidence. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. There were cairns, but they were absolutely useless, and more or less misleading. "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." If you follow the main couloir, you will end up at the saddle between East and West Twin Peaks, looking down into Broads Fork. Difficult, yet rewarding! The Broads Fork trailhead is four miles up the Big Cottonwood Canyon road (UT-190). About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade. I suspect you then go up and left into the corner seam. I would not recommend the approach from the west/northwest. Sometimes that wall provides helpful handholds. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. The trail at this point is well-maintained, although still steep in most sections. Here's a photo from above: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y5skvxxk 253 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘broadsforktwinpeaks’ hashtag The steep hike leads from an expansive drainage to an upper bowl where the scrambling begins. 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. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org. The 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. From the summit of Broads Fork Twins, the route follows the bulk of the Cottonwood Ridge, passing over the summits of Sunrise Peak, Dromedary Peak, Monte Cristo, and Mount Superior, as well as several other unnamed high points along the ridge. The rock slide part sucks both up and down. After entering the cirque (and losing GPS) I took the right fork and headed up the scree that lead to sub-peaks to the northwest of Twin Peaks for a west-side approach. Deaf Smith Canyon approaches involve elevation gains of 6,000+ feet. More difficult routes can be found in Broads Fork, as well as Deaf Smith Canyon, Ferguson Canyon, Tanners Gulch, Stairs Gulch, and Lisa Falls. North RidgeThis route begins with the standard Broads Fork approach, but gains the north ridge well before reaching the Broads Fork Meadow. Below is a brief summary of some of the more commonly ascended routes. 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. I decided on Broads Fork Twin Peaks. Broads ForkThe standard and by far the most popular route on the mountain. This is a beautiful, steep trail following a raging creek in the spring. It has relatively little traffic, and lots of shade relative to many Salt Lake hikes. there was a little snow and the trail was hard to follow then it got sketchy on the ridge but it was still good. We camped overnight and climbed the summit in the morning. 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