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hiking
9 days ago

I had intentions to go all the way up this morning but couldn’t brave the storm. Made it to the living room and continued the loop back down. It’s a really steep incline but worth all the accomplished feelings. Beautiful views and snow covered land. Cleats are a must this time of year.

We started the hike from Terrace picnic area and ended near the Pipeline/Mt Aire trailhead. The gate to the road leading up to picnic area was closed due to snow so we had to hike extra half mile to get to the trailhead. Trail was fully covered in fresh powdered snow and we were the only ones hiking throughout. It was snowing almost the entire time we hiked. There aren’t major views but it opens up few times - the snowfall made the visibility of the valley low but made the scenery really pretty. Be careful, there were multiple trees uprooted on the trail towards last mile. It’s not 4.4 miles out and back as mentioned, I recorded 3 miles point to point.

I don't know if I completed this hike because it seemed to end before 4.1 miles. I found a great lookout at the top and it wasn't too busy when I went.

hiking
30 days ago

Thanks to the person who originally mapped this trail. Really good hike. Make sure to complete it clockwise. Hard but good. The trails up to the ridge line and along it aren’t very well marked, but worth the scramble. Took us about 2.5 hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

From Silver Glance I pretty much went straight up the mountainside to Silver Lake Peak.

Made it to the saddle, about 700 feet from the summit, but time and conditions forced my hand to turn back.

Started to get sketchy at this point of the ridgeline requiring bouldering / scrambling on ice covered rocks with a good depth of snow in some spots.

Disappointed to not summit but proud of myself to be able to summit future summits by not summiting this one.
A different route / time of year / companion(s) are probably needed.

Went on a Sunday, late October. Many climbers and hikers. Made it to overlook and returned before dark. Lovely hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love the beauty of this hike! I went in mid October and the leaves were stunning. I didn't make it to the top on account of the time, but plan on it very soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up Thaynes canyon and then turned onto Desolation. Thaynes Canyon is very shaded given that it is north facing plus the fact that you are going up the gut of the canyon so the steep mountain ridges and trees acts as a canopy. It is not the most entertaining hike because there are no views on the way up plus it is a pretty steep climb for 2 miles. Once you get above 8000 feet - the views improve as you look North at Grandeur and Mt. Aire. The finally push up the summit of Thaynes Peak is very, very steep. You gain 700 feet in about 1/4 mile but it is not technical (no scrambling required). The views at the peak are solid with views of SLC, Grandeur, Mt Aire, Gobblers and Mt Raymond. It was about 6 miles round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hardy hike. The views are great even from the saddle before the final push for the summit. Great sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous and uncrowded. The climb up to Silver Glance was brutal and Silver Glance wasn't as pretty as Silver Lake (in our opinion), but the views of Silver Lake on the way back down from the top were fantastic. No meese sighted, alas. A few inches of snow were on the trail near Silver Glance, but otherwise conditions were perfect. The road to the parking area is pretty rough so don't bring a fancy car.

1 month ago

Winter gate is already up for the season. If you want to do this one from the starting point shown, you'll need to road walk 1.5 miles to get to the trailhead after parking at the picnic area in front of the Winter gate. Or you could connect to it via another trail that begins prior to the gate.

Pretty sure couple of the ratings on here didn’t go to top. Hiking into the canyon for first mile is a trail, not a hike. :)

However, the next 1 1/2 miles are super steep. Bring at least 70 ounces water if in summer. Also in spring and summer this is SUPER overgrown at top. More overgrown than most hunting trails I go on. This is way better in fall just FYI.

This trail was moderate, the only thing that made it difficult was the snow/ice. You end up sliding all over on the steep climbs because it’s so iced over. Pretty views all the way up and covered in shade. I would love to do this hike in the summer months so it’s not so cold. We did the loop up Thayne’s and down Desolation. Once we started our descent, we came across a fairly large black bear just off the trail-so watch out. Really cool to see him from a distance though. Would recommend to friends

Wish I'd brought gloves and spikes cause it was damn cold after the saddle and slippery on the way down. Beautiful hike though, will do again.

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike with such breathtaking view in every direction. Even hit snow just before silver lake and then 4 in at glance. Stunning

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike on the morning of one of the first dustings of the year. The snow level was about 7500 feet. As many have stated, it is fairly steep but I didn’t find it that strenuous and it wasn’t technical. You accumulate almost 2000 feet of elevation gain in less than 2 miles. I reached the top in about a hour. There was limited visibility when I reached the summit and there wasn’t any cairns marking the summit so i wasn’t sure I reached the summit but the AllTrails app marked my spot at the summit. As far as summits go, this one is very accessible and achievable in under 2 hours. Great hike to do with your dog because it doesn’t require any scrambling.

hiking
2 months ago

Talk about kick butt! this trail is pretty up an incline the whole way! my dog loved everything about the trail. so beautiful with the leaves changing as well. recommend going when it's a little cooler.

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep but the view is definitely worth it! Took me about an hour and a half total.

Nice short trek. Not much shade though.

Not much shade but a wonderful short trek.

camping
2 months ago

Love this lake. Such an amazing hike and scenery. Definitely a bit harder for my kids but still doable for them - ages 7 to 12. Less people here than Silver Lake too so that’s worth the extra hour hike too.

great views but tough. this hike will let you know what your fitness level is, for sure. I'm no speed hiker and it took me about 3 hours to complete.

Great hike. Started early morning, we were in the shade mostly the entire way. Dog loved it! About halfway into the hike it’s extremely steep and rocky, multiple ways to go up, not a specific trail outlined but we figured out which way to go. Excellent view at the top, worth it!

Spectacular views! This was a fantastic hike for me and my pup. Definitely worth the incline to see all the mountain tops and the sites below. Recommended!

3 months ago

Good if you like walking straight up and down a mountain and rocky trails. It’s pretty in the fall and crosses a cool stream.

hiking
3 months ago

A gorgeous trail and a steep last leg up to the peak. We ended up going back down Desolation and doing the Salt Lake Overlook too. Thaynes has a lot of shade, much more than Desolation and is less hiked so more enjoyable.

Now this is a hike. A burner so to speak. Very steep in some places. Great view when you reach the top.

Good hike but did have over growth in several spots. Not to difficult.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a ball buster or a hike but beautiful and a fantastic workout.

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