Ascent of Guardsman Peak on 1999-03-20

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Saturday, March 20, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guardsman Peak
    Elevation:10026 ft / 3055 m

Ascent Trip Report

Digging through some old stuff from my old geocities website and I found references to this gem of an ascent of one of the easiest peaks in the Salt Lake area. Re-reading the old stuff, I now remember this unique ascent. It is kind of funny. As of the writing of this ascent report in 2014, I thought my first mountain bike - snowshoe combo was with Greg in 2013 on Silo Mtn, WA. This pre-dates that by a mere 14 years.

Brandon Evans picked me up at my house and I loaded my mountain bike and pack with snowshoes into the back of his pickup truck for the ride up Big Cottonwood Canyon. He dropped me off at the turn to Guardsman Pass Road. I pushed my bike up the snow-covered road to the first switchback where I hid it in the trees. I strapped on my snowshoes (as of 2014, still own those red Atlas snowshoes!) and began the hike up the road. The road is easy to follow because snowmobiles come up here a lot. At the top of the pass, I headed up Guardsman Peak, taking the slope straight up. On top of the peak, you can see the top of Wolf Mountain's lifts nearby. I have only skied here once, when it was called Park West. I went down the same route that I came up, wishing that I had brought my skis and boots to ski down. When I returned to my mountain bike, the weather started to become more overcast, so I hurried up and strapped my snowshoes to my backpack for the ride back home. I rode down the entire canyon in my goretex pants and winter gloves. Only a few cars passed me on the way down as I was going pretty fast (looking back, fast was probably 20 mph) and it was the middle of the ski day so nobody was leaving Brighton and Solitude yet. From the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon, I rode through the neighborhoods past 7-Eleven, Smiths, and Bulter Middle School to my house. Once I was out of the canyon, it warmed up a lot and I ended up ditching almost all of my layers in my backpack as I rode home.

Overall, not a bad ascent, certainly a lot of (downhill) bike mileage. Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1426 ft / 434 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5426 ft / 1653 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1426 ft / 434 m
    Route:Guardsman Pass Road
    Start Trailhead:8600 ft / 2621 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5426 ft / 1653 m
    Route:Big Cottonwood Cyn Rd
    End Trailhead:4600 ft / 1402 m

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