How to summit Ten 11,000+ foot peaks in a day

August 5, 2007 at 9:53 pm 7 comments

With SirloinofBeef distracted with a family vacation, the team of Patrick (FlyingElvis) and John (Wimpy) devised a foolhardy attempt to summit 10 peaks over 11,000 feet in one day. With our usual leisurely pace, we departed the Cecret Lake Trailhead at 6:40 AM. Tucked away in our packs were the following: 2 Wendy’s Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe, 2 Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Deluxe and the piece de resistance, 2 Wendy’s Double Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe. After reaching the saddle between Devil’s Castle and Sugarloaf Mountain, we continued our jaunt to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain 11,051 feet (peak #1). We then descended to Germania Pass and then up to Mount Baldy 11,068 feet (peak #2). We then descended to the pass above Peruvian Gulch and then on to the top of Hidden Peak 11,001 feet (peak #3) and the top of the Snowbird Aerial Tram. We then met another hiker Chris, who we found out was also planning to follow a similar route. Chris was glad to join forces, but was unable to partake of any of our Cheeseburgers. We then followed the rocky ridge between Hidden Peak and the American Fork Twins. Having gone this was before, Flying Elvis and Chris decided to skirt the first part of the ridge. As a first timer, Wimpy chose to try the rocky scramble. Our trio regrouped midway on the ridge and then wandered through the final bands of black rock and on up to Twin Peaks East Summit 11,433 feet(Peak #4). We then turned south and made our way to Twin Peaks South Summit 11,391 feet (peak #5). It was there that we partaked of our first Cheeseburgers. We then skirted the East summit to make our way to Twin Peaks West Summit 11,489 feet (peak #6). Sadly due to time and family constraints, Chris had to bid us adieu. Our team of two continued on to Red Top 11,360 feet (peak #7), were we had our second round of Cheeseburgers. It was at this point that Patrick discovered that he had ended up with both of the Double Cheeseburgers (oops, guess who packed the burgers). With storm clouds gathering, we decided to make a hasty retreat along the ridge line. Reaching Twin Peaks West Summit (peak #8), John quickly wolfed down a delightful Bacon Cheeseburger. After a moment to aid in digestion, we then hiked to the peak of Twin Peaks East Summit (peak #9). While delicious, John’s 4th Cheeseburger of the day did take a little longer to eat (Kudos to Patrick for encouragement and timely recitation of the pertinent SummitCheese rules). We then descended back along the black rocks forming the start of the ridgeline and then slid down a scree field down to the Snow Cat track. We then followed the Snow Cat track back up to Hidden Peak (peak #10) in plenty of time to catch the 1:30 PM Tram down to the Snowbird Center for a cold beer and some live music.

Stats for the Day: Summited ten peaks over 11,000 feet in elevation. Summited seven unique peaks over 11,000 feet in elevation. Six Cheeseburgers eaten. (Twin Peaks South-Patrick and John, Red Top-Patrick and John, Twin Peaks West-John, Twin Peaks East-John). August 4th, 2007.

The Seven 11's Route Da goat Red and White Baldy West and East Twin from Red Top


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  August 6, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I like the part about the cold beer. Will you ever want to see a Cheeseburger again? Good job.

  • 2. J. Wellington Wimpy  |  August 6, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    After the 4th cheeseburger, I almost puked. It was really, really close to coming back up for about a half hour. How are those Ohio summits going?


  • 3. summitcheese  |  August 9, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Success on Cedar Point Hill in North Olmstead with a Swenson’s Cheeseburger. Post to come this weekend. I could use some dry air – it’s humid here.

  • 4. glacial23  |  August 12, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    darnit! I just hit Cedar Point Hill today!

  • 5. summitcheese  |  August 12, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! I was visiting family in Ohio and my cousin dragged me up Cedar Point. I’m working on a post but it’s first to post to get credit for the first ascent and anyways we encourage multiple posts on each peak.


  • 6. summitcheese  |  August 14, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    What you’re calling American Forks Twin Peaks South actually is named “The Bastard Son”. Check out SummitPost.

  • 7. Big Mike aka Groovy Dad  |  November 24, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I missed this one over the summer. Awesome!! Next time pack 10 little cheesburgers….you know, the ones on the dollar menu. Cheers, GD


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