Thurston Peak, 9,706. Saw several within a half hour. Thurston Peak lies to the north of Francis Peak, site of an air radar installation. Apparently a wet spring had caused several landslides that took out the road. Thurston Peak via Francis Peak Road is a 12.2 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Farmington, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. We drove up Farmington Canyon to Francis Peak. While popular, you will most likely have the peak to yourself. Francis. Francis Peak . The road ends about a mile in, the rest of the way to Thurston Peak is a small trail. Loved it! Francis Peak is famous for two radar towers shaped like golf balls and from it, you can easily get to Thurston Peak, the highest peak in the county. Trail rating: four stars Scenic rating: four stars Distance: About six to seven miles, one-way, to Thurston Peak from Francis Peak. If you have a high clearance vehicle you may drive 1.8 more miles further along a poorly maintained mountain road. © 2020 AllTrails, Inc. Tous droits réservés. The Morgan Valley is clearly visible to the east from the summit. Thurston sits a few miles north of Francis Peak, famous in the area for it's two large white FAA radar domes that look like giant golf balls. Road? All 10 of the highest Davis peaks are in the north end of the county. 5. THURSTON PEAK / 9,706 / Davis and Morgan Counties / 8.9.14. On Main Street, drive south towards town. This is a well traveled trail with wonderful views of both valleys. Most other factors of the hike deserve two stars. Thurston Peak is the highpoint of both Davis and Morgan counties and offers a relatively easy highpoint near ... Francis Peak, it comes to a junction. The plaque being all the way up there is pretty interesting though. Yeah right. Although it's dog friendly, I would think twice (or maybe more) about it. The road is suited best for a truck or SUV and careful driving. 9/8/2017: desert dawg found MR0699 : Visit Log: Rode right by it on an ATV adventure, all is well ~ It is the prominent peak with the two huge golf ball like radar stations on it's summit. Francis Peak is known to almost any resident in Davis County. Kaysville East Mountain Wilderness Park Trail, Farmington Creek Trail: Upper Canyon Section, East Mountain Wilderness Park to Adam's Canyon, Webb Canyon from East Mountain Wilderness Park, Flag Rock from Farmington Canyon Road Loop. September 4, 2013 professorontherun Comments 0 Comment. The views along this trail and from the top of Mount Thurston are breathtaking. Francis is notable for the giant FAA radar domes. My first hike to this peak was along the easiest route – approximately 3.5 miles north along the summit ridge from Francis Peak. Peak: Francis Peak: Location: USA-Utah: Elevation: 9520 ft / 2901 m: Ascent Trip Report See trip report for Thurston Peak. A popular dirt road leads right to it's summit, making it easily accessible in summer to anyone. Overlooking the wintery valley below. Unfortunately, Farmington Canyon is closed, and I didn't want to spend the 50 miles or so on backroads driving to Francis Peak from Bountiful. - My phone clocked the total hike at 9.7 miles. Bring a lot of water and reapply sunscreen often. This is a 7.1 mile out-and-back hike with a climb of 1,800 ft to Thurston Peak. Also, this is actually 8.4 miles roundtrip unless you have a 4x4 to get to the trailhead marked on AllTrails. Watch for cairns, there are a couple. So I average to three stars. We summited 23 peaks this day. Thurston Peak from Mapcarta, the free map. That story states that Francis Peak's original elevation was 9,547. Maps, climb info, trails, and peak summit photos for Thurston Peak, a 9,692 ft / 2,954 m mountain near Farmington, Utah. Just here to echo the other reviews. I usually will do this hike after and before they close the gate every year. Had I done my homework more thoroughly, I would have realized there was an easier route. THURSTON PEAK / 9,706 / Davis and Morgan Counties / 8.9.14. Loved it - but ran out of water and legs and feet were definitely hammered at the end. January 13, 2002 . it took us about 6 hours since we parked at the base of where francis radar towers gates were closed. So maybe AllTrails doesn’t count that? Continuing on the GWT, you'll eventually reach Francis Peak. it didn't give classic "rattle" warning. To the South you can see all the way into Salt Lake City and to the West is the Great Salt Lake. Maggie, Molly and Thurson. I clocked 10 miles on the dot RT. The shortest and least work requires a bumpy drive to Francis Peak, then a traverse along the ridgeline. After following the trail about 1/2 a mile from the saddle, I left it to climb the south ridge of Thurston Peak. I try to hit when there is still snow on top. It is the prominent peak with the two huge golf ball like radar stations on it's summit. Though it's only 3.5 air miles in distance, the ups and downs and meandering almost double the trek. The trail is overgrown so wear pants as I wasn’t prepared for the amount of sticks my legs encountered. Thurston Peak (elevation 9,706 feet) and Francis Peak (9,515 feet) are the lone summits with official names. Great hike, some snow to go around but doable if you can keep your eye on the trail. Be careful, my buddy almost stepped on one. Ogden Ranger District 507 25th Street, Suite 103, Ogden, Utah 84401; 801-625-511. Great hike with great views. Our first mistake was parking near the gate to the Francis Peak … Saw two rattlesnakes near the summit! Only Thurston Peak, located about four miles north, is taller than that - at 9,706 feet. Hiking info, trail maps, and 14 trip reports from Thurston Peak (9,706 ft) in the Wasatch Range of Utah. Watch for cairns, there are a couple. it didn't give classic "rattle" warning. There’s more trail beyond too so could make this even longer if desired. From the base of Francis Peak, hike north on the road/ATV trail. In early September 2013, my next door neighbor and I went shoe shopping for me. Haha. “Ed’s Peak,” 9,381. At 9706 feet in elevation, it's respectable, but not terribly high just the same. This is a moderate out and back trail to Francis Peak in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Saw two rattlesnakes near the summit! There was still snow in some places along the way but very avoidable. Just here to echo the other reviews. The peak, which straddles Davis and Morgan counties, was named Francis, at the suggestion of Brigham Young, in honor of Esther C.E. Looking north to Francis Peak 9,547.The Francis Peak Radar Stati. Note: Thurston Peak was named in the 1990's after Thomas Jefferson Thurston, a Mormon pioneer that helped settle the Morgan area in the 1850's. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Gorgeous and can not recommend this trail enough. Some ups and downs along the peaks, not too steep. Checking one of the "Ladder" boxes will return a list of peaks in ascending order of elevation or prominence, starting from the given point. Otherwise, according to the Salt Lake Tribune of Sept. 26, 1958, Francis Peak was only initially planned to have a National Guard Installation. Thurston Peak is the highpoint of both Davis and Morgan counties and offers a relatively easy highpoint near ... Francis Peak, it comes to a junction. Thurston Peak is a mountain in Utah and has an elevation of 9692 feet. There is no shade and it’s pretty dusty... it’s ok. You just kind of look down at Farmington the whole time, the summit doesn’t afford an extra spectacular view. This trail goes by Smith Creek Lake. First of all, there’s no actual parking at the “trailhead” so just park up at the Francis Station. We also learned the hard way that the trail gets a little faint as you go up the ridge to thurston. Sometimes I will just catch a ride up and hike down to Fernwood. The first time Jim and I planned to hike Thurston, we got as far as the gate in Farmington Canyon. To get to Thurston, the easiest approach is from Francis Peak, north just a bit along the ridge line. Thurston is the highest peak in Davis and Morgan counties, and was unnamed until the early 1990's. Although most of the attention is focused on it's southern neighbor Francis Peak, Thurston is the highest peak on "Farmington Ridge", the high, narrow ridge that seperates Davis and Morgan counties. If verified, you will receive a badge on your user page and you will rank up and could win awesome prizes like tents, backpacks, jackets, and more! Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and a hat. Verify my picture ” button on the left hand side bar. - My phone clocked the total hike at 9.7 miles. I usually will do this hike after and before they close the gate every year. had a great time hiking this with my brother. I was pretty beat when I was done. Very nice hike a long ridge. From August 2017. Having gotten a look at the ridge line, however, I’m thinking that hike is no cakewalk. Thurston Peak is the highest peak in Davis and Morgan counties. Snow covered the steep trail at 3 miles in so we couldn't get to the summit. 2. The total NET elevation gain not he substantial, but you follow a ridge line up and down many small peaks so you end up climbing some steep sections. /Archives for Gmedia Albums. A monument at the top of the peak honors her “expert knowledge of mathematics” … In early September 2013, my next door neighbor and I went shoe shopping for me. The trail is overgrown so wear pants as I wasn’t prepared for the amount of sticks my legs encountered. We even saw a couple venture out onto the snow itself which was a first for all of us. Routes: There are generally three ways to get to Francis Peak, the easy way, the hard way and the long way. It is a moderate hike with great vistas the entire time. This is a 7.1 After that it’s a breeze to the summit. The last little part of the trail does break off and it’s not really noticeable even with the cairns so just put attention to your all trails, but don’t follow the red marking on it follow the black dotted line as that is the actual trail. Most people think Francis Peak, home to the radar domes, is the highest point in Davis County. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et s had a great time hiking this with my brother. [Photos:] MR0699 FRANCIS PK FAA RADAR DOME Francis Peak with the radar units on the middle peak in the distance. But we felt a little bit lost at times. I was pretty beat when I was done. It is a moderate hike with great vistas the entire time. The road ends after 1.8 miles (40 minutes), and becomes a single track trail. The last little part of the trail does break off and it’s not really noticeable even with the cairns so just put attention to your all trails, but don’t follow the red marking on it follow the black dotted line as that is the actual trail. Fun and easy way to bag a county high point and a good longer hike for people wanting to do something more advanced with some length. - I would rate this hike as a “hard” not a “moderate”. Thurston Peak is an 8.5-mile intermediate-level trail that is great for experienced hikers or those looking for an all-day adventure. All 10 of the highest Davis peaks are in the north end of the county. Actually, the highest point is Thurston Peak, which towers above the east side of Layton. Windy and cold in mid October but still fun and worth the time. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée et la course à pied et sa meilleure utilisation est de juin à octobre. There were approximately a dozen scattered throughout the trip. Hiked to the peak on 6/29/19, a handful of really snowy sections that required mini spikes and trekking poles. After that it’s a breeze to the summit. There’s more trail beyond too so could make this even longer if desired. Such an amazing view, however, the hike was a struggle primarily due to number the rattlesnakes my friends and I encountered. Around Point 9381, the road becomes a trail. Don't be deceived by the elevation of the trailhead in relation to Thurston Peak, the elevation change racks up quickly as you make your way up and down all of the peaks. Very nice hike a long ridge. Hahaha. Thurston Peak via Francis Peak Road est un sentier allez-retour de 7.6 miles peu fréquenté situé près de Farmington, Utah. Having gotten a look at the ridge line, however, I’m thinking that hike is no cakewalk. This can be a crowded area and tends to be a hotter hike the later you wait. On July 4 - I went up Thurston Peak via Adams Cabin trail then came over to Francis Peak along this route then hiked down Bair Canyon. Follow it all the way past Peak 9491 to the saddle just south of Thurston Peak. Actually, the highest point is Thurston Peak, which towers above the east side of Layton. @saltlaketrailrunner. They don't want to be bothered and will generally avoid you. In early September 2013, my next door neighbor and I went shoe shopping for me. Fun hike with beautiful views of the Great Salt Lake the entire way. Note: Thurston Peak was named in the 1990's after Thomas Jefferson Thurston, a Mormon pioneer that helped settle the Morgan area in the 1850's. All pictures and content That was nice! Otherwise plan on parking at the golfball radar towers at Francis Peak. Apparently a wet spring had caused several landslides that took out the road. Took me about 5 hours with an hour at the summit. Route finding and navigation weren't much of an issue even with snow. Trek Challenge: Prove that you have been to the top of Francis Peak! Otherwise plan on parking at the golfball radar towers at Francis Peak. Take a selfie or picture of yourself at the top of Francis Peak. Kaysville East Mountain Wilderness Park Trail, Farmington Creek Trail: Upper Canyon Section, East Mountain Wilderness Park to Adam's Canyon, Webb Canyon from East Mountain Wilderness Park, Flag Rock from Farmington Canyon Road Loop, Achetez Pro pour ceux qui vous sont chers. From August 2017. Such an amazing view, however, the hike was a struggle primarily due to number the rattlesnakes my friends and I encountered. 15 mile trip. 4. During early summer you will enjoy green alpine meadows and wild flowers everywhere. Monte Cristo. Great hike with great views. Besides, from along the I-15 corridor, it looks like you drive to Francis Peak then have a light stroll over to Thurston with a little bit of up and down along the way. The trail is actually a small part of the Great Western Trail. The hike itself is really easy, and you can't get lost. It was closed. This route follows a section of the Great Western Trail from the base of Mount Francis to the base of Mount Thurston. 3. The weather and time of day were excellent for a hike in the mountains. Francis is notable for the giant FAA radar domes. Thurston Peak lies to the north of Francis Peak, site of an air radar installation. Windy and cold in mid October but still fun and worth the time. Both offer panoramic views of the area and a nice challenge to all adventurers. So maybe AllTrails doesn’t count that? A summer of hiking across Davis County leads to the County’s highest point: Thurston Peak! The NHN shown here is the nearest higher peak in the Peakbagger.com database to the given peak. Loved it - but ran out of water and legs and feet were definitely hammered at the end. Yeah right. If you do decide to hike Thurston Peak, please be careful! After following the trail about 1/2 a mile from the saddle, I left it to climb the south ridge of Thurston Peak. The peak, which straddles Davis and Morgan counties, was named Francis, at the suggestion of Brigham Young, in honor of Esther C.E. totally worth the hike but definitely need to remember the sunscreen as you are in the sun the entire time. So, I just changed destinations. 15 mile trip. There were approximately a dozen scattered throughout the trip. Besides, from along the I-15 corridor, it looks like you drive to Francis Peak then have a light stroll over to Thurston with a little bit of up and down along the way. My group saw a dozen. Thurston Peak lies to the north of Francis Peak, site of an air radar installation. Most other factors of the hike deserve two stars. - The drive up to the trailhead is on a pretty long, narrow dirt road. Thurston is a rugged hike with little usage, but it offers great views of Davis County, the Great Salt Lake and even Morgan County to the east. Don't be deceived by the elevation of the trailhead in relation to Thurston Peak, the elevation change racks up quickly as you make your way up and down all of the peaks. few small snow fields on the trail that are easy to cross or go around. Didn’t see a single person the whole time and was about 20 degrees cooler than the valley. Route finding and navigation weren't much of an issue even with snow. The alternative from the valley below is about the same distance from Bair Canyon, Fernwood picnic area or up the slope of Hobbs Canyon on the north. The road is suited best for a truck or SUV and careful driving. While popular, you will most likely have the peak to yourself. A marker on the summit has the history. Layton Peak,” 9,571. The total NET elevation gain not he substantial, but you follow a ridge line up and down many small peaks so you end up climbing some steep sections. During early summer you will enjoy green alpine meadows and wild flowers everywhere. Best to go around it than over it to avoid radiation exposure. Breezy and nice - much cooler than in the valley. Also, this is actually 8.4 miles roundtrip unless you have a 4x4 to get to the trailhead marked on AllTrails. To get to Thurston, the easiest approach is from Francis Peak, north just a bit along the ridge line. Haha. Gorgeous run/hike along ridgeline. The peak offers a variety of good hikes and climbs also. Francis Peak Elevation: 9,520 Feet. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from June until October. Also saw some bull snakes as well. Make sure you got a decent tank of gas and ideally have a high clearance vehicle. A couple miles of that were on the ATV road at the beginning. But we felt a little bit lost at times. Rolling hills as mentioned, with just a steep section at the end but doesn’t take long. Just south of the domes is a good parking area. Turn east on 600 North then turn north on 100 East (Skyline drive) follow this road up Farmington canyon 13 miles. Coords : 41.0329°N, 111.8384°W Notice. Hiking Thurston Peak, Utah Driving to the top of Francis Peak and hiking across to Thurson Peak is anything but cheating. Maggie and Mollie are unofficial names coined by a local geocacher. That was nice! - The drive up to the trailhead is on a pretty long, narrow dirt road. The drive up Farmington Canyon is an adventure in itself and is not for anyone squeamish with heights, and this includes passengers! From I-15, take the Lagoon Drive/Farmington exit (#326 from the south or #327 from the north) and head East to U.S. Highway 106 (Farmington's Main Street). The FAA originally wanted to locate the radar site above Salt Lake City, near Alta or Snowbird. The hike begins near the base of Mt Francis. Francis Peak. It was closed. Approximately 1/2 mile before you reach the summit you will leave the main trail and scramble along a poorly defined trail to the top. Thurston is a rugged hike with little usage, but it offers great views of Davis County, the Great Salt Lake and even Morgan County to the east. Hahaha. The second takes a steep and direct trail up Thurston Peak's west ridge, but has apparently been mostly reclaimed by nature. It was very hot with little shade and the snakes seemed to agree because most of the ones we saw were at the edge of the remaining snow. Back on the Trails, Francis Peak to Thurston Peak, New Shoes Back on the Trails, Francis Peak to Thurston Peak, New Shoes. September 4, 2013 professorontherun Comments 0 Comment. James and Alyse’s Wedding Day. Go left, taking other lefts along the way. Snow covered the steep trail at 3 miles in so we couldn't get to the summit. Francis Peak is the peak with the large … Rolling hills as mentioned, with just a steep section at the end but doesn’t take long. Hiked to the peak on 6/29/19, a handful of really snowy sections that required mini spikes and trekking poles. There is still some snowy patches but nothing you can’t avoid and my pup loved being able to play in it. UT. Thurston Peak is the highest point in Morgan and Davis Counties so it gets a fair amount of traffic because of county high pointers. Just south of the domes is a good parking area. My first hike to this peak was along the easiest route – approximately 3.5 miles north along the summit ridge from Francis Peak. - This hike has very little shade, and was pretty hot when we hiked it. Going right takes you to the Smith Creek Lakes (there are 3 of them.) But the National Guard was already using a temporary facility at Francis Peak, so that became the joint location. I had to stop along the frontage road off 1-84 to admire this beautiful mountain range from Francis Peak to Thurston Peak. Saw several within a half hour. To do a Radius Search around a peak, do a "Peak/Range Search" first, and the results will have a "Radius Search" link for every returned peak. Fun and easy way to bag a county high point and a good longer hike for people wanting to do something more advanced with some length. Parked below the Francis peak radar station (snow bank preventing driving any further) and measured 9.25 miles round trip to Thurston peak. Our first objective was to climb Francis Peak to get to the trail leading to Thurston Peak. - The trail is very secluded with almost no other people on it. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. The highest point in both Davis and Morgan Counties in Utah. Back on the Trails, Francis Peak to Thurston Peak, New Shoes Back on the Trails, Francis Peak to Thurston Peak, New Shoes. Great 360 degree views for pretty much the entire hike but rattlesnakes everywhere! We could always see the peak though so we always knew what general direction to head. Thurston Peak via Francis Peak Road est un sentier aller-retour de 12.2 kilomètres peu fréquenté situé près de Farmington, Utah. Great hike, some snow to go around but doable if you can keep your eye on the trail. Around Point 9381, the road becomes a trail. few small snow fields on the trail that are easy to cross or go around. Once again Francis Peak gave me some of my most memorable flights… We had several options, but decided to hike Thurston. Hiked trail with intention of photographing some rattlesnakes. The views on this trail deserve five stars. Thurston Peak elevation 9,706 ft. MSL. I was 1 of 5 cars parked there on 11 on a Saturday so it’s definitely not crowded. Having gotten a look at the ridge line, however, I’m thinking that hike is no cakewalk. 12/31/2017. Although most of the attention is focused on it's southern neighbor Francis Peak, Thurston is the highest peak on "Farmington Ridge", the high, narrow ridge that seperates Davis and Morgan counties. Coords : 41.0329°N, 111.8384°W Notice. No Supported Files in Gallery The drive can be made in most vehicles, however, 11.5 of the 13 miles is on dirt road without guardrails. I clocked 10 miles on the dot RT. Thurston Peak (elevation 9,706 feet) and Francis Peak (9,515 feet) are the lone summits with official names. At 9,706 feet elevation, Thurston Peak is the highest point along the Farmington Ridge, which separates Davis and Morgan Counties in Utah. Some good news, though, we didn't see any rattlesnakes! The road ends about a mile in, the rest of the way to Thurston Peak is a small trail. September 4, 2013 professorontherun Comments 0 Comment. Hiking in Utah, Grandview Peak, Francis Peak Radar Station, Moon. If you have a high clearance vehicle you may drive 1.8 more miles further along a poorly maintained mountain road. And the views really are spectacular. The road ends after 1.8 miles (40 minutes), and becomes a single track trail. @saltlaketrailrunner. The views along this trail and from the top of Mount Thurston are breathtaking. From I-15, take the Lagoon Drive/Farmington exit (#326 from the south or #327 from the north) and head East to U.S. Highway 106 (Farmington's Main Street). At 9,706ft, Thurston Peak is the highest point in two counties: Davis and Morgan. This route follows a section of the Great Western Trail from the base of Mount Francis to the base of Mount Thurston. - This hike has very little shade, and was pretty hot when we hiked it. At 9,706ft, Thurston Peak is the highest point in two counties: Davis and Morgan. Be careful, my buddy almost stepped on one. Then continues north. Some good news, though, we didn't see any rattlesnakes! BGN Page Elevation : 9,540' UT Rank : 547 UT Prominence Rank : 1436 Counties : Davis & Morgan Quad : Peterson. Francis Peak, 9,547. - There is a section of probably about 1 mile in the middle where the trail is pretty over grown and poorly defined. To the South you can see all the way into Salt Lake City and to the West is the Great Salt Lake. There is no shade and it’s pretty dusty... it’s ok. You just kind of look down at Farmington the whole time, the summit doesn’t afford an extra spectacular view. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. View South from Thurston Peak. - I would rate this hike as a “hard” not a “moderate”. Most people will probably know this mountain as Francis Peak with the big white domes on the summit but Thurston is the highest point of Francis Peak … Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Hiked trail with intention of photographing some rattlesnakes. On July 4 - I went up Thurston Peak via Adams Cabin trail then came over to Francis Peak along this route then hiked down Bair Canyon. The peak offers a variety of good hikes and climbs also. The cure to a cold Friday night in January: make a really long video with footage from last summer. Thurston Peak is a mountain in Utah and has an elevation of 9692 feet. The hike starts from Francis Peak, then follows a jeep/ATV road as it drops into the basin where a chain of three lakes sits. Francis. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/thurston-peak-via-francis-peak-road The first time Jim and I planned to hike Thurston, we got as far as the gate in Farmington Canyon. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Make sure you got a decent tank of gas and ideally have a high clearance vehicle. Sat, Jul 27, 2019, 8:00 AM: Questions? 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