Flagstaff Mountain (10,530 ft)

September 11, 2006 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

It was an alpine start that resulted in both Paul and John forgetting to bring a camera. We packed 4 Cheeseburgers with the expectation of climbing Flagstaff Mountain and then descending into the Cardiff Fork Canyon to find and climb Montreal Hill. The poorly marked trailhead is ~50 feet east of the Fire Station across the road from Alta. It is easy to miss, but after 15 feet the trail is marked with a warning about unexploded ordinance from avalanche control. Once you are on the trail it is well marked. After ascending through thick vegetation, you will eventually reach a gravel road and turn right. After a turn of the gravel road, there will be abundant signs of mining dotting the hillside. Work your way up the hillside (bushwacking of course), until you reach the ridgeline. Flagstaff Mountain represents the terminus of the Reed and Benson Ridgeline with the Cardiff Pass Ridgeline. From Flagstaff Mountain, you are provided with tremendous views in all directions. There is an especially nice view of Pfeiferhorn.

We were lucky enough to see a passing family of Mountain Goats, with the sturdy patriarch passing within 10 yards of us. We then enjoyed a hearty meal consisting of a Cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, mustard and ketchup. After our meal, we continued our trip into the Cardiff Fork Canyon above Donut Falls. The descent was a mostly controlled slide, down runouts of scree and shrubs. Paul, not being content with merely seeing the beautiful vegetation, decided to lay down in a prickly patch of currants. After reaching the bottom, we spent about 30 minutes determining that we would not be able to climb Montreal Hill due to not being able to identify which lump of dirt that it was. We then ascended the bowl to Cardiff Pass and descended via the well marked trail following the telephone poles.


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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