Francis to Thurston is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Kaysville, UT and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Along the ridge from Mt. Francis to Mt Thurston Mt.Thurston stands at 9706 feet and is the tallest peak in Davis and Morgan Counties. There are several trails that can take you to the top of Thurston. The trail I choose was the shortest. This route is not normally accessible until late June or early July. On the Fourth of July their were still some large snow drifts on the east slopes. This route follows a section of the Great Western Trail from the base of Mt Francis to the base of Mt Thurston. Then continues north. Approximately 1/2 mile before you reach the summit you will leave the main trail and scramble along a poorly defined trail to the top. On my trip I disturbed a young rattle snake so watch carefully. The views along this trail and from the top of Mt. Thurston are breathtaking. To the South you can see all the way into Salt Lake City and to the West is the Great Salt Lake. During early summer you will enjoy green alpine meadows and wild flowers everywhere.
had a great time hiking this with my brother. it took us about 6 hours since we parked at the base of where francis radar towers gates were closed. We also learned the hard way that the trail gets a little faint as you go up the ridge to thurston. totally worth the hike but definitely need to remember the sunscreen as you are in the sun the entire time.
Great hike with great views. Windy and cold in mid October but still fun and worth the time.
Very nice hike a long ridge. There was still snow in some places along the way but very avoidable.