Utah Thirteeners: A Guide to Climbing the 13,000-Foot Peaks of the High Uintas

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Most Utahns are familiar with the Uinta Mountains, but few realize that the range has twenty-one peaks above 13,000 feet, some of them still unnamed. The elevation, challenging terrain and weather, solitude, and beautiful setting in Utah’s largest wilderness area make climbing these peaks a particularly rewarding experience. Better yet, in the summer and early fall every one of them can be climbed by a reasonably fit hiker without rope or climbing gear.

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Overview

Most Utahns are familiar with the Uinta Mountains, but few realize that the range has twenty-one peaks above 13,000 feet, some of them still unnamed. The elevation, challenging terrain and weather, solitude, and beautiful setting in Utah’s largest wilderness area make climbing these peaks a particularly rewarding experience. Better yet, in the summer and early fall every one of them can be climbed by a reasonably fit hiker without rope or climbing gear.

This guide provides detailed topographical maps and information on trailheads, access and summit routes with difficulty ratings, camp locations, estimated hiking times, weather, advice, and brief facts about geology and the history of the wilderness area. It also includes over fifty photographs of this breathtaking country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874807943
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,404,233
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rose is a native Utahn with a passion for the outdoors. He lives in Tooele, Utah, where he works as a web developer.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps Peak Checklist Preface

Introduction About the Uinta Mountains
• Formation of the Range
• Flora and Fauna
• Climate of the Uinta Mountains
• Protecting the High Uintas
• The Wilderness Movement and Guidebooks
• Wilderness Use and Regulations

Using This Guide
• Terminology
• Maps
• Difficulty Ratings
• Time Estimates
• Route and Trail Descriptions
• Logistics and Itinerary
• When to Go

Preparation, Safety, and Tips
• Clothing, Gear, Cooking, Food, and Water
• Summit Gear Checklist
• Mountain Safety Guidelines
• Hiking Uinta Terrain
• Lightning and Thunderstorms
• Hypothermia
• High-Altitude Miseries and Concerns

Driving to the Trailheads
• North Slope Trailheads from I-80
• Henrys Fork Trailhead from Lonetree
• Blacks Fork Trialheads via North Slope Road
• Swift Creek-Yellowstone Trailhead
• Uinta Trailhead (Atwood Basin Trail)

Group 1: Blacks Fork Area Summits Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries West Fork Blacks Fork (Dead Horse Lake) Trail East Fork Blacks Fork Trail Tokewanna Peak, from West Fork blacks Fork Tokewanna Peak, from East Fork Blacks Fork Wasatch Peak, from Red Knob Pass Wasatch Peak Descent to Upper East Fork Blacks Fork Mount Wapiti, from Wasatch Peak Quandary Peak, from Upper East Fork Blacks Fork Quandary Peak, from Lower East Fork Blacks Fork Mount Lovenia, from Quandary Peak Mount Lovenia Descent to Upper East Fork Blacks Fork Mount Lovenia, form Red Knob Pass

Group 2: Red Castle Area Summits Trail and Round-Trip Summaries East Fork Smiths Fork Trail Wilson Peak, from Smiths Fork Pass Wilson Peak, from Upper Yellowstone Wilson Peak, from Red Castle Lake Mount Powell, from Smiths Fork Pass Mount Powell, from Upper Yellowstone

Group 3: Kings Peak Area Summits Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries Henrys Fork Trail Yellowstone Creek Trail Gilbert Peak, from Dollar Lake Gunsight Peak, from Gilbert Peak Gunsight Peak Descent to Dollar Lake Dome Peak, from Gunsight Pass Dome Peak, from Anderson Pass Kings Peak, from Anderson Pass South Kings Peak, from Kings Peak Fortress Peak, from Anderson Pass Cliff Point, from Fortress Peak Cliff Point Descent to Upper Yellowstone

Group 4: South Slope Summits Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries Swift Creek Trail Atwood Basin Trail Bluebell Pass Trail Ramp Peak, from Trail Rider Pass (Atwood Basin)
First Gemini, from Ramp Peak Second Gemini, from First Gemini Second Gemini Descent to East Timothy Lake Pyramid Peak, from East Timothy Lake Pyramid Peak, from Ramp Peak Pyramid Peak, the West Ridge Pyramid Peak Descent to Atwood Basin Mount Emmons, from Atwood Basin Mount Emmons, from Pinnacle Peak Glacier Peak, from Mount Emmons Glacier Peak Descent to East Timothy Lake Pinnacle Peak, from East Timothy Lake Pinnacle Peak, from Glacier Peak Pinnacle Peak Descent to Lake Atwood

Appendix:
Other Routes and Strategies Low-Impact Wilderness Travel Information and Resources

Acknowledgments About the Author Utah Thirteeners Online

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