Francis to Thurston

MODERATE 12 reviews

Francis to Thurston is a 5 mile moderately trafficked 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

snow

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.

backpacking
22 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Snow covered the steep trail at 3 miles in so we couldn't get to the summit. Some good news, though, we didn't see any rattlesnakes! Also, this is actually 8.4 miles roundtrip unless you have a 4x4 to get to the trailhead marked on AllTrails. Otherwise plan on parking at the golfball radar towers at Francis Peak.

hiking
3 months ago

Great 360 degree views for pretty much the entire hike but rattlesnakes everywhere! My group saw a dozen. It was very hot with little shade and the snakes seemed to agree because most of the ones we saw were at the edge of the remaining snow. We even saw a couple venture out onto the snow itself which was a first for all of us. Don't be deceived by the elevation of the trailhead in relation to Thurston Peak, the elevation change racks up quickly as you make your way up and down all of the peaks. Bring a lot of water and reapply sunscreen often.

hiking
3 months ago

Such an amazing view, however, the hike was a struggle primarily due to number the rattlesnakes my friends and I encountered. There were approximately a dozen scattered throughout the trip. Although it's dog friendly, I would think twice (or maybe more) about it. If you do decide to hike Thurston Peak, please be careful!

hiking
3 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

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.