Ascent of Perkins Hill-South Summit on 2016-05-02

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Monday, May 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Perkins Hill-South Summit
    Elevation:7491 ft / 2283 m

Ascent Trip Report

NEW ROUTE CLEARED along the Southwest ridge along with the south summit! I cleared a route through the brush from the south with a pair of lopers over a few days last fall and this spring. You can park near the trailhead of Benchmark Drive (near Scenic Drive to the north of Parleys) Walk a short ways along the shorline trail until getting what looks to be an old quarry where a trail heads off east and uphill. This steep route is not eroded like the rutted old ATV trails on the hill to the south. This will take you to the top of the Southeast ridge, after a a small saddle heading north you will come to a very nice throne made of rocks that is a great place for a breather. Continue along the ridge to point 7294, here there is a summit cairn and where previous hikers apparently stopped as the brush got pretty awful after this point. That's when I busted out the lopers. The undulating ridge has amazing views of downtown over what in the spring, is a very green Spring Canyon, the Wasatch and Uinta views are also great, with a unique angle of the Millcreek ridgeline. There is some low class 3 scrambling over and around some very large red sandstone boulders that are unique in that they appear on no other Wasatch summits that I am aware of. After the South Summit descend to the saddle and unfortunately because of time I have not finished cleaning this part, though it is not that bad of brush and only for 100 yards or so and you will be able to make it to the North Summit easily. I hope more people use this route and it does not disappear into the brush again. Its nothing to travel across the country for, but if you live in Salt Lake it is a good close addition to the peaks and is very nice for the spring and fall, it will be a hot route in bid summer because of the aspect, but an early start would mitigate that. I think the views of downtown are much better than the overcrowded Grandeur and Big Beacon/Mt Wire peaks. Enjoy!
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