Broads Fork Twin Peaks - 11,330', 11,328'
Sunrise Peak - 11,275'
Dromedary Peak - 11,107'
Big Cottonwood Canyon
The second highest peak in Salt Lake County.
The tallest peak visible from Salt Lake City.
We started on the trailhead at 1:30 and got to the saddle at 5:00.
The hardest part of the hike is the huge boulderfield below the Cottonwood Saddle at the head of Broads Fork.
From the saddle, you travel up the ridge, until you get to a steep headwall.
You can either keep climbing up the ridge (requires some technical climbing skill) or better, go along the left/south side. Find a place to climb up on this wall, with different routes ranging in difficulty from a 5.3 - 5.6
(very easy - medium)
It's exposed, so don't fall here. Once you get to the top of this wall, which is only about 10-15 feet of climbing, you just continue up the switchbacks up the East Twin. We continued on over to the West Twin, which has better views of the city. We went down in the dark. My knee still hurts.
The East Twin
as seen from the saddle between the East Twin and the West Twin
Looking west down Big Cottonwood Canyon,
from the beginning of the Broads Fork Trail.
Looking south down Broads Fork, toward Wildcat Ridge.
Wildcat Ridge, Mount Raymond and Gobbler's Knob.
Mount Raymond and Gobbler's Knob, Mount Aire is visible next to Raymond.
Dromedary, Sunrise and unnamed
Right after the saddle you climb up this ridge,
we continued on the left side of it.
This wall is riddled with ledges, if you can make it up the huge boulderfield below the saddle,
you should have more than enough balance to walk across this section, and climb it as well.
Jared picking a more difficult section to climb, I am on an easy route.
Looking east over the headwall toward unnamed and Sunrise Peak.
Looking south toward Alpine Ridge from the saddle.
White Baldy, Timpanogos (in the distance) The Pfeifferhorn, and Thunder Mountain.
The Pfeifferhorn with Mount Timpanogos in the distance, you can also see Santaquin Peak
Looking east down the Cottonwood Ridge.
Dromedary Peak (center) with Monte Cristo and Mount Superior behind.
Looking east toward Lake Blanche (left) and the west side of Sundial Peak (right).
From the West Twin looking east past the East Twin toward Monte Cristo and Mount Superior.
Looking north over the Deaf Smith - Ferguson Canyon Ridge toward Mount Olympus.
Looking west at Jared receiving revelation from atop the West Twin.
Looking north at some graffiti from 1966 found on the west side of the West Twin.
I guess hikers started caring about preservation in 1967.
You can see all the way to Ben Lomond Peak.
Looking north over Wildcat Ridge into the Northern Wasatch;
Willard Peak, Ben Lomond Peak and Chilly Peak.
Looking south toward Thunder Mountain, Lone Peak,
and the dozens of granite drainages in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Perlas Ridge is visible as the highlighted ridge on the lower right.
A closer view of Perlas Ridge, a difficult mountaineering scramble.
Looking southeast toward American Fork Twin Peaks and Red Top.
The tallest point in Salt Lake County.
The A.F. Twins are the first two on the left.
Looking north over Mount Olympus, Downtown Salt Lake City,
The Foothills and The Great Salt Lake.
A view of Sunrise Peak from the agonizing boulder talus.
From the East Twin looking east toward Sunrise Peak 11,275' and on into Albion Basin,
with Devils Castle abruptly jetting out in the distance.
From the West Twin looking east down Little Cottonwood Canyon.
How many peaks can you name?
Looking north toward Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake.
Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake
Waving good-bye to the West Twin.
Early morning pictures of Broads Fork, Sunrise Peak and Dromedary Peak
from a previous attempt to Twin Peaks
Special Thanks to Jared, Denyse, and Ruojia