Sperry, John S. , Stern, Stephen .
Alpine Scramble Loop Hike.
This strenuous all day loop hike departs directly from Cliff Lodge. A tram ride takes us up to Hidden Peak (bring your complementary tram ticket). From there we scramble up a narrow, exposed ridgeline to lofty Twin Peaks at 11,430 feet. The broad summits have interesting alpine tundra and fantastic views. We follow the ridgeline west and summit Red Top (11,300 ft) and Red Baldy (11,150 ft) with some more scrambling. We then drop steeply down boulder-strewn talus to lovely White Pine Lake near tree line. An easy 6 mile trail takes us through forested lower White Pine Canyon and back to the Cliff Lodge starting point. The total hike is 9.5 miles, and thanks to the tram is mostly downhill. Nevertheless, the route requires hands-and-knees scrambling with considerable exposure and steep ups and downs. Hikers must be nimble and in good shape.
Bring sturdy hiking shoes/boots, sunscreen and lipscreen, raingear, windbreaker, sunhat, sunglasses and a daypack. Bring 2 quarts of water per person. This is a very strenuous and long hike much of which is above 10,000 feet and off-trail. Hikers need to be nimble and unafraid of heights or exposure.
Includes tram transportation, continental breakfast, lunch and water
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1 - University of Utah, Biology, 257 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA
2 - University of Utah, Department of Biology, 257 S. 1400 E., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112, USA
Presentation Type: Activities:Field Trips
Session: FT- 09
Location: Entrance/Cliff Lodge
Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: FT- 09001