Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2019-11-09

Climber: Anthony Wilkinson

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Elevation:10620 ft / 3236 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove a basic half ton pickup with 4-wheel-drive to the high saddle in the South Fork of Ophir Canyon. The going was rutted and rough, but with good tire placement I only touched the underside of the vehicle on ground a couple of times.

The route up started on trail, then at the saddle just above 9000' we opted to follow the ridgeline directly to Lewiston Peak. The route was rugged, but easy enough to navigate. Thorn bushes and a little on ground snow made things interesting in a few places.

The high ridgeline from Lewiston Peak to Flat Top Mountain was easy to follow, but more rugged than I had expected from afar. Boulder hopping, etc. slowed us some, but it was easily managed. The summit of Flat Top Mountain was grassy and, well, flat. The entire Wasatch Range was visible from Gunsight Peak north of the Wellsville Mountains all the way down south to Mount Nebo. The view of Deseret Peak to the west as well as the desert and Wasatch Front Urban Area was quite fascinating. With absolutely no wind and a beautiful warm fall day, it was hard to leave such a calm, beautiful place.

We did reach out to the property owners prior to the trip, requesting permission to cross onto their private land. They were very gracious and let us do so.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2780 ft / 847 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2780 ft / 847 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2780 ft / 847 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2560 ft / 780 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Saddle - So Fk Ophir Cnyn  8060 ft / 2456 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2560 ft / 780 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    End Trailhead:Saddle - So Fk Ophir Cnyn  8060 ft / 2456 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes

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