Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2015-02-05

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Sam Grant -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, February 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Elevation:10620 ft / 3236 m

Ascent Trip Report

I met Sam off 106th South and we carpooled to the trailhead around the southern end of the range. I am amazed at how much sprawl has expanded into the southwest Salt Lake Valley and the west side of Utah Lake. Nothing was out here back in the late 90s when my friends and I used to come out here to take our trucks on the dirt roads. Very sad...

Anyway, the trailhead was accessible in the snow, but we could not drive to the pass just over 8,000 as it would be possible to do in the summer/fall. No worries. It added mileage and gain, but it was all on snow-covered road, so the navigation was mindless. We were initially able to follow the trail from 8,000 ft, but eventually it was covered in snow. There is more snow in the Oquirrh Range than the Pilot Range, so that was a good sign for the summer. We put on snowshoes around 9,000 ft and used them for the remainder of the hike. First up was Lewiston Pk, and we were able to stick mostly to the ridge on the ascent. From the top of Lewiston, we made the easy traverse over to Flat Top. It was quite windy on top of the ridge and summit, so we did not linger on top. After the obligatory summit photos, we headed down Hall Canyon. Once we were below the wind, we evaluated the avalanche risk and grabbed lunch. We then descended Hall Canyon, avoiding a few terrain traps in the gully as needed, but otherwise enjoying the snow-covered ground on our snowshoes and making a hasty descent.

Overall, Flat Top is a good introduction to the Oquirrh Mountains. There is more potential out there for hiking, you just have to be prepared for private property issues and a lack of trails. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:540 ft / 164 m
    Total Elevation Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:540 ft / 164 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 460 ft / 140 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:Ridge from Lewiston
    Start Trailhead:10160 ft / 3096 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Oquirrh Range '15

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lewiston Peak2015-02-05 a3771 ft / 1149 m
2Flat Top Mountain2015-02-05 b540 ft / 165 m
Total Trip Gain: 4311 ft / 1314 m    Total Trip Loss: 240 ft / 73 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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