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Ascent of Frisco Peak on 2016-04-10

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Sunday, April 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Frisco Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:9660 ft / 2944 m

Ascent Trip Report

ALTERNATE ROUTE: South Ridge

After camping in the crickets and having a quick subway breakfast in Milford we took to a cloud engulfed Frisco Peak as it rained on the way in. We wanted to take a different route than the road (it was likely impassable to snow now anyways) to the summit and chose the "old" route that the inhabitants of Frisco used. We drove up Carbonate Gulch (we went up on the right of the small hill before coming into Frisco ruins; the route from Frisco was to the same point was crossed by abrupt and narrow gulches that our Subaru could not handle. In carbonate gulch we came across two more of the beehive shaped kilns prominent in Frisco, but here in the forest. At this point we turned left and were able to make it to the south ridge just below the prominent white cliffs and to 7700 feet in elevation. We parked and easily ascended the ridge from here, noticing old stumps in difficult to reach places that must have been used by the desperate miners, they were obviously very old saw marks as evident by the weathering.

As we continued up the open country was choked by mountain mahogany for a couple hundred yards near the first large ponderosa pines you will come across. Take the west side for easier travel as we found on the return trip. After this the country opens up again and after the next small saddle bristlecone pines make an appearance. Unlike the summit area there were a couple trees of great age and weathering to be found here, twisted and hanging on to life in unlikely locations. The best ones were on the west side.

The summit area was anticlimactic given the rugged country of our ascent route. The views to lake Sevier were very nice though. We returned down nearly the same route, skirting the brushy spots and finding easier access more west of our ascent route. The clifftop views on the way down revealed the desolate western valleys and despite the rainy start to our trip it was now beautiful and warm. We had a great lunch in Milford and decided to tag the Cricket mountain highpoint on our drive back to Salt Lake.
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    Route:South Ridge
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