Davenport Hill – The Second Time’s Not a Charm

July 16, 2007 at 12:49 pm 3 comments

John (aka wimpy) and Paul (aka sirloinofbeef) started early in the morning on a second attempt to find Davenport Hill. Patrick (aka flyingpelvis) couldn’t join us – he was starting a running program because it’s “the only way I can lose weight.” Davenport Hill overlooks Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT. Last year we gave up even finding the trailhead and ascended Sunrise Peak. This year we were determined to do better.

And we did. The trailhead begins right next to the Alta Fire Station. We headed up the trail towards Grizzly Gulch and were looking for the cutoff towards Davenport Hill. Not seeing anything obvious, we bushwacked (surprise!) up a mine-scarred slope to the ridge and found a trail there – good news. The other side looked down into Silver Fork and to the left loomed Flagstaff Peak and the Reed and Benson Ridge. We turned right on the ridge, because it was the only way we could lose weight. We didn’t know it yet but we were now headed away from Davenport Hill and towards Honeycomb Cliffs. Mining debris littered the landscape (see photos). The most interesting items were at the former Prince of Wales mine. From the mine we ascended a series of alternating black and white limestone ridges to the top of a summit. Just below us were the chair lifts of Solitude Ski Resort. A short consultation with a little used map confirmed this diagnosis and indicated that we were, in fact, nowhere near Davenport Hill. We were on top of the Honeycomb Cliffs. We elected to follow the ridge to the neighboring summit which was marked with a USGS marker (see photo below).

Well, a peak’s a peak, so we pulled out the Carl’s Jr. Stars and enjoyed a Summit Cheeseburger with a tremendous view of the central Wasatch Mountains. The descent was easy – a steep hike down to Twin Lakes Pass followed by a winding hike down Grizzly Gulch back to the truck. This was all new terrain for John and I and we enjoyed it immensely. So much so, that we may try to hike Davenport Hill again.

John, Paul – Honeycomb Cliffs

P.S. Sorry Georges, we didn’t eat any Brie sandwiches —- because it was the only way we could lose weight.

USGS Marker Davenport Arch Looking Back on the Ridge Twin Lakes Reservoir

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  • 1. fyingELVIS!  |  July 16, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Weightloss update to date = 0.05 lbs .. another only another 35,820 Kcal to go!

    Brie sandwiches eaten = 0 .. you can’t lose weight eating brie sandwiches! … apparently drinking lots of G&Ts makes it tough too!

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  • 2. fyingELVIS!  |  July 16, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    .. a Map? You guys used a map? First a ridge .. now a map? What’s next .. a brie sandwich?

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  • 3. old bull  |  July 16, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Get rid of the bread and the tonic, Elvis, the brie and gin diet puts Atkins to shame. Or, you could join us for the Glover, DoubleTop trifecta–guaranteed to drop a few pounds.
    Great post guys. Still alot of good stuff right in our backyards.

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