Ascent of Lewis Peak on 2006-06-30

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, June 30, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lewis Peak
    Elevation:9304 ft / 2835 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lewis Peak is privately owned, but access is not too difficult. The ranch that provides the most convenient access is owned by Mr. Elwin Reese. His address is 930 West Hoytsville Road, Coalville, UT and his phone is 435-336-5533. I called him to ask permission, and found him to be friendly and cooperative. He gave me directions and instructed me to park near the gate but out of the way, walk around the gate, and follow the road to the summit.

Coming from Salt Lake City on I-80, I exited at UT-32 at Wanship. I turned N on the frontage road on the W side of the interstate (which is nominally E-W but runs N-S at this point). After about a mile the road crossed to the E side of the interstate at a very oblique angle. After about 3 more miles I turned left (W) on Creamery Lane, which passes under I-80. 0.4 miles after the underpass I turned right (N) on West Hoytsville Road, and after another ½ mile the road made a sharp right turn. Here a smooth dirt road heads left and leads to a posted gate after a short distance. I parked at a nearby wide spot and continued beyond the gate on foot, per Mr. Reese's instructions.

The road goes all the way to the summit. It does not do so very efficiently, however. It winds around the east, north, and west sides of the peak before finally making its final approach from the south. It winds in and out of many ridges and gulles that flank the peak on all sides. There is not much elevation gain and loss (only about 300' of up and down out of 3500' net gain), but the distance is long and the route is circuitous. Although there are many road junctions, navigation is fortunately not an issue because the route always follows the main road. Total time for me was 4 hours and 40 minutes up, 3½ hours down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4054 ft / 1235 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Trailhead:Reese Ranch  5750 ft / 1752 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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