Snowbird Ski Resort
Little Cottonwood Canyon
A.F.Twin Peaks - 11,489'
The Highest peak in Salt Lake County, Third in the Wasatch.
From the summit one can see to both ends of the Wasatch, from
Mount Ogden to the north, to Mount Nebo to the south.
There are two ways up American Fork Twin Peaks, the easiest
is through Gad Valley, up to the Gad Valley II Chairlift,
along the Red Top Ridge, and to the West Peak. The hard way
is up to the Hidden Peak Tram, traverse the knife edge and
then up to the East Peak, you can also hike down the dirt
road parallel to the knife edge and then scramble up the talus.
We went up the Gad Valley Trail, missed the Gad Valley II
trail, bushwhacked over to the Boulder Talus, (which by the
way, is off-limits to hikers because it is filled with exploded
and unexploded charges of dynamite) and then up the loose
rock scree to the Red Top Peak Ridge.
We hiked down the knife edge, and continued in the dark down
the talus below the Hidden Peak Tram. We found the Gad Valley
trail back down but was confusing in the dark. Most of us
got split up, but we finally converged at the parking lot.
It felt like a pretty epic event.
On the way down Little Cottonwood, we saw police, news, ambulances,
and a double propeller helicopter scanning the granite walls
near Perla's Ridge. We stopped for a while to see what was
going on. They were looking for a group of young free climbers.
An 18 year old male fell and died. The others screamed for
help until they were heard.
The Hell Gate Cliffs - a popular technical rock climbing area.
These rocks are made out of loose limestone.
The peak on the right is Flagstaff and is the tallest of the three
and is actually a continuation of the Reed and Benson Ridge.
The Gad Valley Trail with American Fork Twin Peaks (east and west)
Looking north over Snowbird Ski Resort.
Monte Cristo, Mount Superior, Flagstaff Peak
Looking east from Red Top Peak
toward the west peak of American Fork Twin Peaks
Looking north at Denyse and Jared to Cottonwood Ridge.
hiking up the ridge up to Red Top Peak
The west peak of AF Twin Peaks
Gigantic granite and super-heated quartzite stripes.
Box Elder Peak, Red Baldy Peak and White Baldy Peak.
From the top of Red Top Peak looking east at the Twin Peaks.
Jared and Denyse going up American Fork Twin Peaks.
Going up the west peak. My lungs were pounding.
Looking west at The Alpine Ridge. The Salt Lake Valley is below.
Pfeifferhorn and Lone Peak
The Pfeifferhorn and the Horneypfeiff
Looking northeast toward the back side of Devils Castle
with The Uinta Mountains in the far distance.
Looking northeast from the west peak:
Mineral Basin - the new ski area in Snowbird Ski Resort.
Sugarloaf, Devils Castle.
Hidden Peak Tram from the top of the West Peak
Jared, Denyse, Shane and Micah on top of American Fork Twin Peaks
Denyse and Jared hiking the saddle between the two twins.
From the east twin looking down the knife edge toward the Hidden
Hiking down the talus, It wasn't that bad actually.
I tried the knife edge and I would recomend it over the road below,
But don't take my word for it, you could get badly injured (if
Red Baldy from Red Top Peak,
on the right is White Baldy and on the left is Mount Timpanogos.
White Baldy, White Pine Lake is barely visible below.
Looking north through the saddle between Mount Superior and
Monte Cristo and Mount Superior,
Gobblers Knob is visible on the ridge behind.
Cottonwood Ridge, on the other side is Lake Blanche.
Looking directly south from the East Peak toward
Mount Timpanogos, Unknown and Box Elder.
Mount Timpanogos with Silver Lake below
Coming down the rock talus looking west
toward Broads Fork Twin Peaks
Broads Fork Twin Peaks and Sunrise Peak
The Great Salt Lake and Stansbury Island are visible.
The entire Cottonwood Ridge
Twin Peaks, Sunrise, Dromedary, Sundial, Monte Cristo and Mount