Francis to Thurston

MODERATE 7 reviews

Francis to Thurston is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Kaysville, Utah and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2621 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

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 shortest route is not normally accessible until late June or early July. On the Fourth of July their are 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. 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.

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hiking
10 months ago

Monday, September 21, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Great hike with great views. Windy and cold in mid October but still fun and worth the time.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Very nice hike a long ridge. There was still snow in some places along the way but very avoidable.