Thurston Peak via Francis Peak Road

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Thurston Peak via Francis Peak Road is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kaysville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,801 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This route follows a section of the Great Western Trail from the base of Mount Francis to the base of Mount 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 Mount 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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11 months ago

Hiked to the peak on 6/29/19, a handful of really snowy sections that required mini spikes and trekking poles. Route finding and navigation weren't much of an issue even with snow. Saw two rattlesnakes near the summit! No shade during the entire hike, lots of water is a must. Fun hike with beautiful views of the Great Salt Lake the entire way.

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Fri Apr 19 2019

I usually will do this hike after and before they close the gate every year. I try to hit when there is still snow on top. This can be a crowded area and tends to be a hotter hike the later you wait. Sometimes I will just catch a ride up and hike down to Fernwood. This is a well traveled trail with wonderful views of both valleys.

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Tue Mar 05 2019

From August 2017. Hiked trail with intention of photographing some rattlesnakes. Saw several within a half hour. They don't want to be bothered and will generally avoid you. Be careful, my buddy almost stepped on one. it didn't give classic "rattle" warning. Also saw some bull snakes as well.

Tue May 15 2018

lots of fun. zero shade. plan for breaks

Sun Feb 18 2018

There is no shade and it’s pretty dusty... it’s ok. You just kind of look down at Farmington the whole time, the summit doesn’t afford an extra spectacular view. The plaque being all the way up there is pretty interesting though.

Sun Jul 16 2017

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.

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Tue Jun 27 2017

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.

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Sun Jun 25 2017

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!

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Wed Jun 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.

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Sun Oct 20 2013

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

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Thu Apr 21 2011

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

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