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Broads Fork Twin Peaks

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Trail

9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer out and back
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,325' 1,623 m
Descent: -5,324' -1,623 m
High: 11,276' 3,437 m
Low: 6,254' 1,906 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 78% (38°)

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A strikingly beautiful trail through glacial valleys with amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a very steep trail but extremely rewarding. It ends up at one of the most noticeable peaks from all over the Salt Lake Valley, and it definitely shows because the views from Twin Peaks are incredible.

The first part of the trail is a well-maintained trail that is less steep and crosses over a nice cascade. The last 2,500 feet of vertical gain are very steep and require a lot of scrambling over talus, but all of the struggle is worth it.

Need to Know

If you are not comfortable with off-trail wayfinding and scrambling, or you just want a shorter, easier option, turn around at the end of Broads Fork Trail #055.

If going in the early summer, an ice axe will be nice to have for the last sections.

Description

From the trailhead, the Broads Fork Trail #055 ascends through a pretty forest as it goes toward the Broads Fork drainage. The trail at this point is well-maintained, although still steep in most sections. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses a footbridge right by a very pretty cascade.

About another mile from the bridge, the trail comes out into the glacial valley with great views of O'Sullivan and Dromedary peaks, as well as a couple of beaver ponds (with a weird log crossing in there as well). The trail continues, although (at least in early summer) it gets faint and sometimes covered by snow at this point.

Eventually, at about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail starts to get really steep as it starts to carve through the giant talus pile that sits at the head of this cirque, and the trail completely disappears at some points under the snow and talus. The objective is clear, though: get to the head of the cirque, at the saddle just below O'Sullivan Peak, so even without a trail it is easy to keep sight of where you need to go.

After getting to the saddle, the "trail" goes back behind the rocky ridge that leads to Twin Peaks and follows below the rocky ridge until reaching a steep couloir. It then goes up the couloir, where the real trail reappears for the last few hundred vertical feet to reach the top.

The views from the top of Twin Peaks are incredible in all directions. To the west is the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Lake Valley; to the north are other sections of the Wasatch Range like Ben Lomond and Ogden Peak; to the east are the rest of the peaks along the ridge that divides Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and to the south are the amazing cirques and aretes of White Pine Canyon, Red Pine Canyon, Maybird Gulch, as well as the Pfeifferhorn. The views are absolutely breathtaking, especially in the early summer when snow still lingers in the higher parts of the Wasatch Range.

Flora & Fauna

Keep an eye open for beaver dams and ponds and plenty of wildflowers in early summer.

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Sep 7, 2019
Todd Hinkins
Great views. Many moose and mountain goats. Tough to find the trail at times when you get past the meadow. Pretty sketchy drops when you're off trail
Jul 28, 2019
trr122
Very straight forward hike
Jun 15, 2019
Peter Hoburg
Top of the trail still closed due to snow. 5.8mi — 3h 07m
May 5, 2019
David Jangro
Sep 18, 2018
Colby Child
10mi
Jun 26, 2018
David Carr
Jul 30, 2017
Kevin Seaman
Jul 8, 2017
Brad Carlson

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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