Be the Bear (Thayne Peak)

September 19, 2006 at 4:41 pm 1 comment

A leisurely start got John, Paul and Sadie to the Desolation Trailhead at 6:45 AM. We were all excited about the prospect of snow due to a unseasonal dump of snow on the previous day. However, while chilly, the trailhead was free of snow. From the parking lot you follow the very well marked trail until reaching the junction of Desolation Trail and the Thayne Canyon Trail. Take the Thayne Canyon Trail up Thayne Canyon until reaching the second crossing of Thayne Canyon Trail and the Desolation Trail, take the left branch of the trail. At this point, there was a decent amount of snow on the ground. After following the trail for several hundred yards, you begin to see the outline of Thayne peak above you. Now if you want to take a shortcut, you can start thrashing your way through the snow covered brush. New readers of this site may wonder if the ascent party decided on the shortcut. Any one who has hiked with us or read any of the posts knows ‘of course we took the shortcut’. As we pushed our way through the brush, the terrain steepened and the brush got thicker. Full body wallowing commenced and we utilized the ‘Be The Bear’ technique of using body mass to push through the foliage. We were eventually rewarded with a rock and tree covered summit. From the summit there were nice views of Mount Raymond to the south and Grandeur Peak to the North. Paul provided delightful onion and garlic Cheeseburgers, garnished with more onion, ketchup and mustard. For the trip down, we chose to bushwack back down to the Desolation Trail and then followed the Desolation Trail down to the parking lot for a nice loop.

John and Paul

Thayne Peak from the West Grandeur Peak from Thayne Canyon Mount Raymond Looking Down Porter Fork


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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  • 1. The Bear Got Beat « Summit Cheeseburger  |  December 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    […] us to many exclamations of  ‘Be the Bear’.  In other words, don’t be daunted by lack of trail and heavy vegetation.  For one […]


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