Ascent of Fish Lake Hightop on 2017-09-10

Climber: J.J. Fernandez

Date:Sunday, September 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fish Lake Hightop
    Elevation:11633 ft / 3545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fish Lake High Top 11,633 ft, Sevier County Highpoint.

Fish Lake with the High Top are must visits! Another high plateau above 11,000 ft. stretching for miles with a nice big cherry on top consisting of bus and house size boulders piled more than 100 feet high you have to scramble up to tag the benchmark spike! Now, add the whipped cream.. Autumn has Fallen above 10,000 feet! The Quakies already turned their golden bright yellows with some fiery orange mixed in. To be expected because I almost froze camping next to Fish Lake.. until I caved and unrolled the extra sleeping bag.. it was in the 30s overnight! And, along the 4x4 road up to the plateau in the morning, the pine-trees and meadows were flocked with a beautiful crystal white frost layer.

Was able to drive to above 10,000 ft. and within 3 miles of the highpoint. Then the road turned from bearable to definitely ATV only. You can also hike starting down at Fish Lake (Pelican Point), but it's over 5 miles one way with almost 3,000 ft. elevation gain. After hiking 3 miles along the rough ATV track, arrived at the Fish Lake High Top trailhead sign. An older kiosk with wooden-plank shingles, long wooden banner engraved simply with: "Welcome to Fish Lake Hightop Trailhead". From the sign, scramble up the large boulders and find the highpoint marked by cairn (with tin can register) and 5 foot tall old wooden derrick. The Geodetic Spike is at the base of the cairn. Extraordinary 360 views of the wide open boulder strewn high plain.
Thanks for reading.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Cold at altitude.

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