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. Below is a brief summary of some of the more commonly ascended routes. What to know about the scramble up the saddle: 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. Broads Fork trail head begins at the Lower S-Turn 4.5 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. At the ridge top there's a little sort of archway as one of the choices to exit the up-scramble. Slightly west of the ridge is generally decent footing for you as you head northwest to finish the ridgeline of the saddle. 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. 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. But the climb to the ridge is dicey. good views. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. Even so, this is a challenging route which involves over 5,000 vertical feet of elevation gain, and an exposed 3rd class scramble. There may be a way to do the ridge and avoid this corner, but I couldn't find it going up or coming down. Snow, ice, and loose shale the entire way up. The Broads ForkThe standard and by far the most popular route on the mountain. Done. You climb the ridge briefly and then drop down to the left (west). A lot of rock fields to navigate toward the upper basin. Know Before You Go. We hiked up Bonkers, getting to the top of Stairs Gulch around 4:15. This trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot. 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. None of this is too technically challenging, but if you are afraid of heights, this section would be terrifying. More difficult routes can be found in Broads Fork, as well as Deaf Smith Canyon, Ferguson Canyon, Tanners Gulch, Stairs Gulch, and Lisa Falls. Beautiful vista capture! Broads Fork Twin Peaks - Robinson Variation, September 1, 2007. From the trailhead, the Broads Fork Trail #055 ascends through a pretty forest as it goes toward the Broads Fork drainage. 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. Camping within 200 feet of lakes, streams, springs, etc. 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. The peak is high and rugged, and the fourth highest peak in the entire Wasatch Range. Broads Fork is steep but pleasant trail located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, which will take you all the way to the top of Twin Peaks if you go far enough. Broads Fork Trail. Follow the ridge line E through multiple minor peaks and technical terrain, then SE up the … © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. The trail to the base of the boulder field is the easy part — and it’s not that easy. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Broads Fork Twin Peaks' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. 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. At a certain point the trail disappears and it is an ugly frustrating scramble in lose rocks, prickly plants, and slippery snow. 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). For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org. It's an easy climb up the seam and then, as he says, stay close to the ridge and all is well. I would not recommend the approach from the west/northwest. 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'. Once you're on the ridge past your choice of crux, it's fairly smooth sailing to both peaks. "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." After an hour or so, you should reach this open meadow that offers beautiful views of the Twin Peaks valley/cirque. Refer to Gordon's description above and my GPS trail below. Ben at the Moraines Bobby at the Moraines. 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. The west peak of this Wasatch mountain is one of the more prominent peaks visible from the Salt Lake Valley. Al_HikesAZ and Nancy Faye More faved this outdoorPDK 12y. If this isn't clearly the easiest thing you've done since the beginning of the boulder field, you're off route. About the choices of cruxes: (10), Images Hope to hike this in the next year or two. Jan 6, 2015 - Sunrise Peak on the left and the East Broads Fork Twin Peak on the right. Cottonwood Ridge TraverseBroads Fork Twin Peaks are the highest point on this long and challenging ridge scramble. 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. You scramble up to a saddle, and along the ridge to the right (northwest), are both of the twin peaks. from Robert Freeze. You follow that across until you hit the seam. The route merges with the Robinson Variation at the top of the Robinson Couloir. 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. Broads Fork would be a spectacular destination even without summiting Twin Peaks. You are likely to get off path multiple times, lost and struggle to stay on course. Great view at the top and fun terrain toward the top. 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. I found this photo on this site from Peter Smolke: https://preview.tinyurl.com/yxlz6qwy This is more about crossing a peak off your list that you can see from the valley than it is for enjoyment. Al_HikesAZ 12y. Great over night climb up Broads Fork Twin Peaks on June 21-22, 2013. 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. Broads Fork Twin Peaks. Might not even summit, a good portion turn back before. Scrambles all over after upper trail starts. 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. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade. While standing atop either one, the other can easily be seen. The sharp dual summits form what I think is 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. 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. 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. Don't invent your own (dangerous) route, the choices really are limited when you approach from Broads Fork. 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. Experienced climbers will see plenty of little hand holds and foot jams. Great hike up to the ridge until you start climbing the ridge. 253 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘broadsforktwinpeaks’ hashtag Exposure and varying terrain. 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. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade. 1 Saved by Christy Burnham. Definitely the most challenging of the peaks I've done in the Wasatch (Pfiefferhorn, Monte Cristo, Superior, Sunset, Raymond, Sundial, Olympus, AF Twins). 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. Just stay near the ridge. It will save you time. Near Cottonwood Heights, Utah. This is a beautiful, steep trail following a raging creek in the spring. I decided on Broads Fork Twin Peaks. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The steep hike leads from an expansive drainage to an upper bowl where the scrambling begins. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. I loved the hike. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. I suspect you then go up and left into the corner seam. We camped overnight and climbed the summit in the morning. All Rights Reserved. There's a sense of accomplishment from getting past a variety of obstacles and a long day of work. 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