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Ascent of Lewis Peak on 2017-06-07

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lewis Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:9304 ft / 2835 m

Ascent Trip Report

ALTERNATE ROUTE: I chose Taylor Canyon starting at East Canyon Reservoir. I used a mtn bike as the grade is doable and the dirt track is good, only a couple spots of rock churning higher up, obviously this road is rarely driven as is evident by the new green growth in the 2 track ruts. 10 miles each way with a cummulative elevation gain of about 4,000 ft. This is a picturesque canyon with a nice flowing stream, beaver ponds 3 ponds stocked with trout and varies between open sage, large old willow and cottonwood in the riparian corridor (obviously hasnt been much grazing here for a long time) old douglas fir forest and then finally aspen and then the open summit. This route corkscrews around the peak after leaving the right hand fork and ascending the ridge. Fantastic views of the Uintahs and from Provo Peak to Naomi in the northern Bear River Range. The low spot of Parleys offers views out to the Oquirrhs and Stansburys. There may have been a No tresspassing gate or 2, but they are obviously meant to keep ATVers out as it was very simple to lift my bike over. (Haha, Sarcasm) Seriously though there is little evidence of use and this is a good route, mostly a very old campers and vehicles left out and a nice hammock for chilling in the shade. There is a cabin high up the right fork right before it leaves on a switchback for the ridge. It looked mostly empty this time of year, but might be used in the summer. There is a track leaving the canyon before this point so that you would not even have to pass this if you wish. I saw nobody and as said before there is little evidence of use, there is grass growing in the ruts and the 7,000 acre lot is actually for sale. It looks as though Franklin canyon which joins this route from the north at the ridge would also be an option. Absolutely gorgious route this time of year.
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