Ascent of Frary Peak on 2016-06-08

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Frary Peak
    Elevation:6596 ft / 2010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Artski and I left Arnie's to try and get an early start on hiking Frary Peak because we knew it would be hot out. Entrance to the state park was $10. When we reached the trailhead, it was already 80F. We began hiking just after a kids group of about 15 had started. They turned off of the main trail even before Dooley Knob, and we never saw them go any higher when we looked back. We passed on Dooley Knob itself and instead kept ascending. The trail went onto the backside of the ridge (western side) and went through a few boulders that formed a brief tunnel. This was pretty much the only shade on the whole hike! We were sucking water fast out of our Camelbacks. We continued on between the brushy side slopes and then thankfully, Artski noticed a big snake laying all the way across the trail when he was one stride away from stepping on it. After looking it up later, we learned that it was a gopher snake. He was able to scare it off the trail, and so we continued on. We came across a family of four heading down that said that the bugs were worse the higher up you went. For some reason the bugs had been abundant, so we didn't like that news. The trail was easy to follow and uneventful until we got to the weather station. The main trail dips off the ridge on the backside and I was worried that it wouldn't connect to the top. We followed it anyway, then found a steep spur trail that did go to the top. It had some steps built in and was very steep. Once on top we did find bugs flying all over and a big piece of unattached concrete slab that was cracked in half. The view of the lake confirmed that the Great Salt Lake is very low, despite other lakes and reservoirs in the area currently being the most full they have been in years. We looked around for bison on the island, but didn't see any. Where could they be hiding? There were two near the turnoff from the shore road when we drove in. On the way back we mixed it up and scrambled the ridge back to the weather station. It was difficult to figure out at times, and we weren't sure that we saved any time. We were happy to not have to go down the steep dirt trail that we had come up on the final face. The rest of the way down it got hotter and hotter until it was ninetysome degrees at the car. With Artski's new blackish car, it was well over 100F on the inside.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2471 ft / 752 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2471 ft / 752 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2291 ft / 698 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2076 ft / 633 m; Extra: 215 ft / 65m
    Loss on way in:215 ft / 65 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Frary Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Frary Peak TH  4520 ft / 1377 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2256 ft / 687 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2076 ft / 633 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Frank Peak Trail/Rocky ridge
    End Trailhead:Frary Peak TH  4520 ft / 1377 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes

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