hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The first 3/4 of the hike is pretty easy, well marked, and goes through beautiful terrain.

But if you are not careful the last 1/4 of the hike can be hell. You reach a point where you have to climb over some bigger rocks to continue up the gulch. However, someone has to placed cairns to take you on a "bypass" route to avoid the rock climbing. Then there's just misleading and random cairns everywhere.

Just climb the boulders. Follow the gulch up to the saddle. Don't trust the cairns. This mysterious bypass route guides you up a horrible HORRIBLE steep and loose rocky mountain side and then up a STEEP ridge to the wrong summit and adds about 3 miles to your trip. If you have enough signal to load your map then you can stay with the trail. Otherwise I would just follow the gulch all the way up to the cliff edge and then just walk up the edge to the peak.

Peak was awesome though once we finally made it. Worth the struggle.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We had an amazingly awesome day hiking Notch Peak! It's not a real hard hike, but has some areas that take a little scrambling, which I love! The end result is awesome! Next trip I will do both peaks, we just ran out of time!

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

Hiked this with my twelve year old daughter and it wasn't too tough. There is a nice trail until you reach a large upright tree. From there you have to climb two pretty steep ridges to get to the top. The last mile and a half are in loose rock with not much of a trail. But when you get to the top the view and the drop off are amazing. On one of the peaks nearby there is a bristle cone grove and some views of the cliff face that are well worth your time.

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

hiking
Sunday, April 12, 2015

It is a steady climb, the loose gravel terrain make it harder than it should be. FYI - This is not a packed down well maintain trail, it is loose grave, slate, and rock climbs. The view is awesome!!!

hiking
Saturday, February 07, 2015

Notch Peak is a fairly easy hike with a steady climb until the saddle below the peak. Be sure to check out the Bristlecone Pines on the back side of the peak to the right of the saddle. The final ascent to the peak is steeper than the canyon portion at the beginning of the hike. I've read that on a clear day, you can see Great Basin National Park, the Salt Flats, and the Wasatch Mountains from the peak, but it was pretty hazy the day I went. The hike is well worth the effort and the drive, but due to the dropoffs, it's probably not a good one for small kids.