Utah Thirteeners

Most Utahns are familiar with the Uinta Mountains, but few realize that the range has twenty-one peaks above 13,000 feet, some of them still unnamed. The elevation, challenging terrain and weather, solitude, and beautiful setting in Utah’s largest wilderness area make climbing these peaks a particularly rewarding experience. Better yet, in the summer and early fall every one of them can be climbed by a reasonably fit hiker without rope or climbing gear.

This guide provides detailed topographical maps and information on trailheads, access and summit routes with difficulty ratings, camp locations, estimated hiking times, weather, advice, and brief facts about geology and the history of the wilderness area. It also includes over fifty photographs of this breathtaking country.

David Rose is a native Utahn with a passion for the outdoors. He lives in Tooele, Utah, where he works as a web developer.

Table of Contents:

List of Maps
Peak Checklist

About the Uinta Mountains
• Formation of the Range
• Flora and Fauna
• Climate of the Uinta Mountains
• Protecting the High Uintas
• The Wilderness Movement and Guidebooks
• Wilderness Use and Regulations

Using This Guide
• Terminology
• Maps
• Difficulty Ratings
• Time Estimates
• Route and Trail Descriptions
• Logistics and Itinerary
• When to Go

Preparation, Safety, and Tips
• Clothing, Gear, Cooking, Food, and Water
• Summit Gear Checklist
• Mountain Safety Guidelines
• Hiking Uinta Terrain
• Lightning and Thunderstorms
• Hypothermia
• High-Altitude Miseries and Concerns

Driving to the Trailheads
• North Slope Trailheads from I-80
• Henrys Fork Trailhead from Lonetree
• Blacks Fork Trialheads via North Slope Road
• Swift Creek-Yellowstone Trailhead
• Uinta Trailhead (Atwood Basin Trail)

Group 1: Blacks Fork Area Summits
Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries
West Fork Blacks Fork (Dead Horse Lake) Trail
East Fork Blacks Fork Trail
Tokewanna Peak, from West Fork blacks Fork
Tokewanna Peak, from East Fork Blacks Fork
Wasatch Peak, from Red Knob Pass
Wasatch Peak Descent to Upper East Fork Blacks Fork
Mount Wapiti, from Wasatch Peak
Quandary Peak, from Upper East Fork Blacks Fork
Quandary Peak, from Lower East Fork Blacks Fork
Mount Lovenia, from Quandary Peak
Mount Lovenia Descent to Upper East Fork Blacks Fork
Mount Lovenia, form Red Knob Pass

Group 2: Red Castle Area Summits
Trail and Round-Trip Summaries
East Fork Smiths Fork Trail
Wilson Peak, from Smiths Fork Pass
Wilson Peak, from Upper Yellowstone
Wilson Peak, from Red Castle Lake
Mount Powell, from Smiths Fork Pass
Mount Powell, from Upper Yellowstone

Group 3: Kings Peak Area Summits
Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries
Henrys Fork Trail
Yellowstone Creek Trail
Gilbert Peak, from Dollar Lake
Gunsight Peak, from Gilbert Peak
Gunsight Peak Descent to Dollar Lake
Dome Peak, from Gunsight Pass
Dome Peak, from Anderson Pass
Kings Peak, from Anderson Pass
South Kings Peak, from Kings Peak
Fortress Peak, from Anderson Pass
Cliff Point, from Fortress Peak
Cliff Point Descent to Upper Yellowstone

Group 4: South Slope Summits
Trail and Round-Trip Route Summaries
Swift Creek Trail
Atwood Basin Trail
Bluebell Pass Trail
Ramp Peak, from Trail Rider Pass (Atwood Basin)
First Gemini, from Ramp Peak
Second Gemini, from First Gemini
Second Gemini Descent to East Timothy Lake
Pyramid Peak, from East Timothy Lake
Pyramid Peak, from Ramp Peak
Pyramid Peak, the West Ridge
Pyramid Peak Descent to Atwood Basin
Mount Emmons, from Atwood Basin
Mount Emmons, from Pinnacle Peak
Glacier Peak, from Mount Emmons
Glacier Peak Descent to East Timothy Lake
Pinnacle Peak, from East Timothy Lake
Pinnacle Peak, from Glacier Peak
Pinnacle Peak Descent to Lake Atwood

Other Routes and Strategies
Low-Impact Wilderness Travel
Information and Resources

About the Author
Utah Thirteeners Online

Praise and Reviews:
"This book is an inspiration to get out and get on top of Utah’s thirteeners—just what a great guidebook should do!"—Dan Miller, author of High in Utah: A Hiking Guide to the Tallest Peak in Each of the State’s Twenty-Nine Counties

"Author David Rose of Tooele has done extensive research, and anyone wanting to hike some or all of Utah's 13,000-foot peaks will find all the information they need here."—Deseret Morning News