Hmmmm, Circle-All Peak, Gobblers, Cherry Hill? .. nope, this post is about Grandeur Peak

February 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm 2 comments

… and how Grand it was.

Stories of the other journeys will be added .. in time, someday, maybe, well … I suppose the probablity of a post depends, inversely, on how much I can annoy Paul with this.

It was a typical early Sunday morning start in the winter – it was dark and cold (but not as cold as usual), John was driving, I was was brewing (the Jo, Starbucks does not open ’til 7:30am – too late!). The trip was originally planned as a winter assault of Olympus, but Paul’s paternal duties came first and he was tasked with helping his littlest one get past a bug. Alas .. John and I were on our own, and as such John suggested we do an old favorite – Grandeur Peak – instead. We both still needed the Grandeur notch in our Cheeseburger Summitteer belts. From the start, without Paul there, we were pretty sure this trip would involve less bush-whacking than usual and we were pretty sure we would get back on time … maybe even early. As it turns out, we were right on both accounts. Go figure … somebody e-mail this to Nils.

John and I were fortunate to have a nearly perfect weather — not too warm, nor too cold. We were even fortunate enough to enjoy a light snowfall along the ridge crest (after summitting an actual peak, see previous post describing the first Cheeseburger Ridge) before we descended into back into Millcreek. Grandeur is one the most recognizable peaks along the East bench of the Salt Lake Valley. Few locals are probably aware, but a prominent portrait of Grandeur dawned the cover Sunset Magazine several years ago (probably five years ago now) and it was singled out was one of the best, most easily accessed hikes in the West.

It is a great hike and it had been far too long since I had last made the trek. John and I both recounted previous trips along the path. Unlike previous trips (for me) the trail was mostly covered in ice this time. More than 50% of the trail was a slippery skirt up over several inches of ice. Snowshoes proved indispensable during the decent. Unlike the spring, summer and fall months, the trail was deserted and we had the mountain to ourselves the entire morning long. One young(er) couple was on their way up the trail as we reached the bottom, but those were the only folks we saw all morning.

At the summit, John and I enjoyed burgers prepared by Paul. Thanks Paul! Both John and I noted that they were significantly better than most Cheeseburgers we have consumed for the sake of the mission. I am told it was ground buffalo, infused with bread crumbs, mustard and blend of seven secret herbs and spices .. that was what you said, right Paul? Were they also soaked in brine? .. They were most tastey and really hit the spot.

Our only regret .. no pictures. Sorry, next time.

John and Patrick


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wimpy  |  February 6, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Whatever happened to the promised Guinness on the summit?

  • 2. Patrick  |  February 6, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I know.. I blew it. I guess that is regret #2. I saw them in the fridge when I got back. Next time, to our detrement, I will carry a 16 oz for each of us!


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