Tom’s Hill (9040 feet) April 13, 2008

April 15, 2008 at 8:47 am 2 comments

In perhaps another attempt to avoid doing their taxes, SirloinofBeef and Wimpy decided to tackle Tom’s Hill in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The morning started with meeting up at SirloinofBeef’s residence where Wimpy was treated to a warm cup of coffee. The decision had been made to use snowshoes for the ascent as it was too steep for our supposed Telemark Skiing skills. The Mill D North Fork Trailhead (7260 feet ) is well marked and has a nice place to park off of the road. If you decide not to pay any attention to the map you can be fooled into heading perpendicular to the road up into the visible gully. Needless to say we spent a good 35 minutes realizing that we were not on the correct trail. After retracing our steps, we began looking for the trail again. After 10 minutes of snowshoeing led to increasingly steep terrain, we again realized that we were not on the trail. After much discussion we realized approximately where the trail should be and worked our way crosscountry (i.e. bushwacking) until we came across the trail. Once on the trail, the terrain was reasonable and the snow relatively consolidated. As we made our way into the the actual gully leading to Dog Lake and Tom’s Hill, the trail broadened and we were joined by multiple skiers heading into the backcountry to enjoy on one of the last skiable weekends of the year. At the obvious fork in the trail we continued left and eventually turned left again to start our ascent of Tom’s Hill. The trail followed the edge of an open slope with multiple ski track cross hatching. Upon reaching the ridgeline, we were treated to phenomenal views of Kessler Peak, Reynolds Peak and Gobbler’s Knob in the distance. We then followed the gentle ridgeline to the obvious summit. Our meal for the day was a pair of Wendy’s plain Cheeseburgers. After consuming our meal we decided to bushwack our way back down (big surprise) to avoid snowshoeing on the slopes that backcountry skiers were using and to potentially cut off a portion of the trail. The descent led through a beautiful grove of Quaking Aspens (Populus Tremuloides) before steepening into a somewhat controlled slide down to the trail. The trip back to the car was fast and easy. If you stick to the trail, Tom’s Hill is a great intermediate hike about 4 miles in length with an altitude gain of less than 2000 feet. Highly recommended

Summits: Tom’s Hill

Summiteers: SirloinofBeef 1, Wimpy 1

Kessler Peak

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  • 1. summitcheese  |  April 15, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the burgers, John. A great hike – blinding white snow, warm temperatures, and a great route.

    sirloinofbeef

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  • 2. Kessler Peak July 19, 2009 « Summit Cheeseburger  |  July 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    […] July 28, 2009 The profile of Kessler Peak has been admired and photographed during several of our other Cheeseburger eating adventures, on Montreal Hill and Tom’s Hill.  […]

    Reply

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