Twin Peaks

Elevation (feet): 11,330
Elevation (meters): 3,453
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Wasatch Range
State: Utah
Latitude: 40.5939
Longitude: -111.72
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Salt Lake City, UT
Convenient Center: Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks to Mick Wenzbauer for adding this peak.

From downtown Salt Lake, this is the most prominent peak on the skyline, and the highest. It is a long day climb of over 5,000 feet to it's summit from the easiest route (Broads Fork, Big Cottonwood Canyon). Challenging snow climb in spring from either Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. Peak offers spectacular views of the Cottonwood Canyons and vertical relief above the valley floor. Part of Twin Peaks wilderness area. Area is full of jagged, seldom-visited peaks.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 14 trip reports for Twin Peaks.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #22359 - by IRman on Nov 01, 2012
    Overnighter, from Braods Fork trailhead about 2 hrs up we camped at 8400 ft. near a small lake. We then hiked to the upper saddle (2+ more hrs) and on to the summit (45 min further) followed by the...
  • Log #15192 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 16, 2003
    Twin Peaks I regard as being the queen mountain of the Wasatch and one that has captivated me since the late 1940s when I was one of those rare individuals then interested in mountain climbing. After...
  • Log #15193 - by jwinters on Sep 01, 2003
    I have climbed this peak numerous times. I have approached the peak from Gad Valley, traversed from Hidden Peak and traversed from Red Baldy.
  • Log #15194 - by Wombat on Aug 29, 2003
    Great hike! It was a record elevation gain on a trail for me. The routefinding was a little tricky, but the views made it well worth it! Definitely one of my favorite peaks in the Wasatch
  • Log #15195 - by Susan Hurford on Aug 28, 2003
    I hiked this with my friend Brian, both of us being relatively inexperienced hikers, and all I can say is that we grossly underestimated the distance and intensity of this hike. What we expected to...
  • Log #15197 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    Lots of snow above 8,000 feet. Record snow year.
  • Log #15198 - by Jared Payne on Nov 13, 2001
    last attempt was solo. had a late start. was alone on the saddle with nobody above and decided to return. did a late spring/early summer solo summit several years earlier taking advantage of late...
  • Log #15199 - by Tyler Slack on Oct 01, 2001
    Solo hike to the Summit of East and West Twin Peaks. Beautiful day, but started late at 1:00 PM. I spent an hour at the top and headed back down. Got back to the "trail" by dusk and hiked...
  • Log #15200 - by Greg Burst on Sep 30, 2001
    The prettiest peak of the 4 above Salt Lake. Start from the S curve in Big Cottonwood and follow the trail. The upper broads fork basin is second to none for beauty! The talas headwall is pretty...
  • Log #15201 - by Greg Burst on Sep 30, 2001
    Gorgeous hike up from the S curve in Big Cottonwood, the upper drainage reminded me of the High Uintas. Crampons or at least an ice ax would have been REALLY nice to have had on the head wall...
  • Log #15202 - by James Barlow on Mar 11, 2001
    This was a very hot hike for us in August, 1998. As usual, we saw no people. I went with Matt, Keith, and Dan. Dan took a nap on the summit while I ate my whole cantaloupe.
  • Log #15203 - by Jesse Mangelson on Mar 03, 2001
    We hiked the ridge line from hidden peak at the top of snowbird tram. It took 1 1/2 hours to get to the top but don't reccommend this route unless your an experienced hiker because of exposed rock...
  • Log #15204 - by Shane Burrows on Dec 18, 2000
    This is the highest peak forming the Salt Lake City skyline. This is a great hike but I strongly recommend an ice axe for climbing the cirque headwall if you attempt this climb before the middle of...
  • Log #15205 - by Mick Wenzbauer on Sep 05, 2000
    1993 - solo climb up Broads Fork. Easy, but steep hike up to 9,600 feet, then hellacious climb up to summit ridge, with stunning view down into little cottonwood. Ridge is tricky, but not too...