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    Benjamin Alford reviewed Mt. Timpanogos - Timpooneke Trail

    19 days ago

    Always a lovely jaunt, especially thanks to the wildflowers. Still a bit dicey up high thanks to slick snow. I rather liked having my mountain gear (helmet, yak-trax, ax), but it seems like most people are content to roll the dice with running shoes and little else.

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Box Elder Peak (From Horsetail Falls)

    24 days ago

    Used this trail today to summit Box Elder Peak. Hang a right just before Horsetail Falls at a signed intersection to keep ascending on 2043, then keep on trucking for a good while until you get to a spot where you can see down into the Granite Flat Campground. From here, you swing south on 2188 and basically just go up and up and up until you're at the top of Box Elder Peak!

    Saw oodles of wildflowers on this first day of June; oodles more are on the way in the next few weeks I'm sure. There's still snow up high, though nothing terrible as long as you're not the kind of person who likes to test their luck on avoidable cornices. I liked having my waterproof boots and gaiters, but I like fancy/luxurious things like that.

    4.5 hours up. 3.5 hours down.

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Box Elder Peak Trail

    24 days ago

    Used the Horsetail Falls trail today to summit Box Elder Peak. Hang a right just before the falls at a signed intersection to keep ascending on 2043, then keep on trucking for a good while until you get to a spot where you can see down into the Granite Flat Campground. From here, you swing south on 2188 and basically just go up and up and up until you're at the top of Box Elder Peak!

    Saw oodles of wildflowers on this first day of June; oodles more are on the way in the next few weeks I'm sure. There's still snow up high, though nothing terrible as long as you're not the kind of person who likes to test their luck on avoidable cornices. I liked having my waterproof boots and gaiters, but I like fancy/luxurious things like that.

    Probably something like 5,500ft of vertical gain all told?

    Benjamin Alford completed Box Elder Peak Trail

    24 days ago

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Horsetail Falls Trail

    24 days ago

    Used this trail today to summit Box Elder Peak. Hang a right just before the falls at a signed intersection to keep ascending on 2043, then keep on trucking for a good while until you get to a spot where you can see down into the Granite Flat Campground. From here, you swing south on 2188 and basically just go up and up and up until you're at the top of Box Elder Peak!

    Saw oodles of wildflowers on this first day of June; oodles more are on the way in the next few weeks I'm sure. There's still snow up high, though nothing terrible as long as you're not the kind of person who likes to test their luck on avoidable cornices. I liked having my waterproof boots and gaiters, but I like fancy/luxurious things like that.

    Probably something like 5,500ft of vertical gain all told?

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lakes Trail)

    26 days ago

    Just when I thought nothing could compare to the glory of Deseret Peak! Because others have sung the praises of the vistas, I'll spare you all the lengthy panegyric I want to write and simply give a conditions report.

    As I've said elsewhere, I'm really not a mountaineer (glamping : camping :: whatever I do : Freedom of the Hills stuff), but I was glad to have a helmet and ax today thanks to what I considered to be copious and steep snow starting at Red Pine Lake. What was the snow like? Up high, I'd liken the texture to a melty sno-cone. Lower down, it was more packed, but I did randomly post-hole past my waist on several occasions -- just enough to keep you hyper vigilant...

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Deseret Peak Wildeness Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Did this one today. The views throughout are amazing -- Great Salt Lake, Nebo, Notch, Moriah(?), Great Basin National Park(?)... the list goes on and on. As far as current conditions go: I'm no mountaineer, but I was pretty glad to have brought my micro-spikes, ice axe, helmet and all sorts of layers. The wind chill at the top was crisp to say the least.

    Benjamin Alford completed Deseret Peak Wildeness Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Browns Peak via Brown's Trail

    5 months ago

    So fun to get to the top of this conspicuous Phoenix landmark! Definitely some hands and feet scrambling to get to the summit. Helmets are a very good idea given loose rock and given that there may very well be other people climbing above you.

    We found the county road coming up from 188 (east) to be in much better shape than the road that ascends from 87 (west).

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Finger Rock Canyon Trail

    5 months ago

    Awesome introduction (for me) to the incredible geological and floral landscape of the Catalinas. I'd highly recommend doing this along with Pima Canyon. Park a car in both places or get a Lyft or whatever. Perfect weather in the dead of winter. Can't imagine it being safe on a hot day.

    Benjamin Alford reviewed Finger Rock Canyon To Mount Kimbal To Pima Canyon

    5 months ago

    Had a great time on this in the dead of winter. Took us about 6 hours including a few frivolous breaks for playing hacky sack and enjoying the scenery. Can't imagine doing it on a hot day.