Getting ThereThe parking lot is located at:
leaves as acorns rained down all around. Within five minutes I was hiking upslope along a tranquil stream (audio). After about 1/2 mile the trail intersected with the Bonneville Shore Trail; just keep to the right to stay on the Beus Trail.
Over the next mile the trail gains gradually and crisscrosses the stream a few times. When it was light enough to turn of my headlamp I found myself traversing up through a dense fern forest along the now much smaller stream. Some ferns were close to seven feet tall, well over my head and
they kept the trail very tight. Finally, I crossed the stream a last time as the trail turned south and up into the oaks and maples in their fall splendor. South then east, up and up gradually. After four miles I was finally above the trees. As I crested a ridge the first of several cairns greeted me, along with a substantial breeze out of the west. From here I finally saw my destination and drove me to find my second wind.
The final push from the saddle follows a steep maintenance access road to the antenna towers. I found a route to the top and took a rest on the helipad. The wind was even stronger, but with blue skies it was just a matter of finding a wind break on the leeward side, which I did. The view was great and also gave me the realization that a great alternative for tackling this summit is from Snowbasin Ski Resort. After a snack and water I set my focus on setting up my antenna and radio to activate this peak for Summits On The Air (SOTA). Propagation was not great but I did manage to pull in 15 contacts including one summit-to-summit with George, KX0R, in Colorado.
This hike took me 4 hours to reach the summit and 2 hours to get back (I was in a hurry). I would not recommend attempting this route during the winter months. The rest of the year it is fair game.
3 Liters of H2O
Lite Windbreaker/stocking cap
Should have brought light gloves
HF: Elecraft KX-3
Antenna: SOTAbeams, Linked dipole (40, 30, 20 meters)
HT: Kenwood DH-72 (for APRS)
Trail (Beus Trail to Mount Ogden saddle):
Good condition on the lower section. The upper-middle section was clogged with low lying oaks and several places the trail was damaged or just needed some maintenance.
|Target in site, finally.|
|Looking east to Snowbasin|
|SOTA-beams antenna set up, op location on the right.|
|My APRS logged route.|
73 and safe hiking!