Pioneering a Way up Mount Millicent and Wolverine

July 24, 2006 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Utah is a beautiful state and a wonderful place to live. For example, in Utah, July 24th is Pioneer Day – it commemorates the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. The upshot is that many people have the day off from work. Where else in the country do you get a bonus holiday smack in the middle of summer?

Today’s hike required two Cheeseburgers because both Mount Millicent (10,452 ft.) and Mount Wolverine (10,795 ft.) were on the menu. This route starts at Silver Lake; take in the browsing moose in the swampy waters just off the boardwalk. Proceed uphill towards Twin Lakes and at the Evergreen ski lift (Brighton Ski Resort) follow the jeep trail to the top of the Millicent ski lift. At this point, the route changes from jeep trail to talus. Chirping marmots beckon – follow them past some strange-looking plumbing (what is this?) to the raspberry-covered summit of Millicent. Stop to enjoy the scenery and a Cheeseburger. From the summit head down to the saddle between Millicent and Wolverine. The hike up Wolverine is straightforward – just wander towards the small knob – the one on the right – at the top of a field of alpine flowers. Again, enjoy the view and a Cheeseburger. Continue along the ridge running between Wolverine Cirque and Little Cottonwood Canyon. The views are phenomenal and include Alta Ski resort, Mount Raymond, Gobbler’s Knob, Monte Cristo, etc. Finally, complete the minty-fresh descent from Twin Lakes Pass all the way back down to Silver Lake.

Hiking by myself, I appeared to be the only bait for the deerflies; but continuing higher they gave up and I had a little peace. The climb up Millicent was entirely on talus and took some getting used to – I think I need to get off trail more often. The ridge around Wolverine Cirque is great and I’d like to connect this to Mount Tuscarora with a descent to Lake Catherine some time. But two Cheeseburgers in the morning – ouch. A&W cheeseburgers. Paul.

Q. What comes after “Let’s all go to A&W, food’s more fun at A&W?”

A. Plop, plop, fizz, fizz.

Well, maybe it would go better with root beer (I doubt it).

Twin Lakes Mount Millicent The Fierce Wolverine Start of Talus


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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To encourage, enable, and document the consumption of a Cheeseburger on every summit on earth.
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