Church Fork Peak-Directissima

July 10, 2007 at 3:54 pm 1 comment

We began our morning trying to decide between venturing into Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike to Lake Blanche, or to add another summit notch to our belt.  Soberly weighing the constraints of parenthood and marriage, we quickly made the decision to climb Church Fork Peak (8,306 ft).  We started our hike from the Church Fork parking lot at about 6,000 feet in elevation.  However, in the interest of maintaining purist alpine hiking ethics, we chose to make our summit attempt via a densely shrubbed hillside versus the better known, but less pure trail.  Okay, okay we never actually found the turnoff for Church Fork Peak, from the main trail to Grandeur Peak, and decided to bushwack our way to the ridgeline.  After a delightful, sun drenched bushwack to the ridgeline, we were rewarded with spectacular views of Gobblers Knob, Mt. Raymond, Mt Olympus and much of the Wasatch Mountain Range.  On the ridge, the bushwacking did ease up, but trailfinding was hit or miss.  However, the contours of the ridgeline made our eventual destination obvious.  As we neared the final summit push, the trail became visible and we were able to make quick time to the summit of Church Fork Peak.  On the summit Paul and I each enjoyed a Wendy’s Cheeseburger.  It should be noted that I had attempted a new preservation method for the Cheeseburgers.  When you start your hikes at 5 AM, there are few if any options for buying a Cheeseburger.  Having been previously admonished, by a soon to be Registered Dietician, about the health issues associated with storing a Cheeseburger at body temperature for extended periods of time, I brilliantly decided to try freezing the Cheeseburgers.  I theorized that the Cheeseburgers would thaw during our sweaty ascent and be delightfully cool for our consumption.  Having drastically underestimated the thermal mass of two frozen Wendy’s Cheeseburgers, we found ourselves faced with two Cheeseburgersickles.  Now I wouldn’t describe them as my favorite Cheeseburgers ever eaten, but everyone had to admit that they had a rather crispy, crunchy texture.  After our meal, we decided to continue East towards Mt Aire.  By doing this we hoped to make the hike a loop versus an out and back.  As we wandered along the ridgeline, a well delineated trail was noted leading back into Mill Creek Canyon.  Paul accurately surmised that this was the Burch Hollow Trail.   Realizing that this would cut a significant distance off of our loop, we celebrated by performing a series of intricate Parkour movements.  This came to a quick end after I completed a successful Saut de précision [so d presizic] and promptly fell on my face breaking my hiking pole. Choosing a relatively mundane, but safer form of movement, we quickly descended the trail and joined up with the Mill Creek Pipeline Trail and then back to our car.

John and Paul

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  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  July 10, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    WhAt’S wItH aLl ThE bOlD lEtTeRs?

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