Monday, July 27, 2015

Broads Fork Twin Peaks, Utah

Broads Fork Twin Peaks (11,329 ft.)
Thursday July 23, 2015
Class 3

We started this hike at 4:30 pm knowing we would be coming down in the dark but knowing we were going to have great lighting, beautiful photos, and have the mountain to ourselves. Andrew, Kelsey, and I quickly made our way up Broads Fork through aspen groves, meadows, past a couple small ponds, eventually above tree line, and onto the rocky terrain above where the progress slowed. Despite the loose rocks and scrambling required to reach the ridge, we gained more than 4,000 vertical feet in about 3 hours. We followed the ridge westward and traversed into the prominent gully on the south side of the Twin Peaks. We scurried up the loose gully and followed the beaten path over scree and talus to the summit, which we reached at 8 pm. ~5,000 vertical feet, 4 miles, 3.5 hours. That was pretty fast. We quickly made our way down before the sunlight completely faded at 9:30 pm.

Roundtrip: 8 miles, 5,000 ft. gain, 6.5 hours

Lush forest and stream in Broads Fork
Aspens
Getting above the trees in Broads Fork
Looking up Broads Fork towards 
Andrew and Kelsey charging up
Getting close to the ridge
Scrambling along the rocky ridge towards Twin Peaks. Note White Baldy and Pheifferhorn mountains in the backhground
Traversing towards the Gully
Group shot, iphone timer
Looking east along the Cottonwood Ridge with a nice shadow of Twin Peaks in the foreground
Last rays of sunshine in Big Cottonwood Canyon