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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Mountain Map: The Wasatch Front, UT

Minutes from Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front is a gold mine for adventure. The 2.1-million-acre area includes 22 peaks above 11,000 feet and with at least 300 feet of prominence, houses 78 bikeable miles on 11 different bike trails, and boasts an average of 226 sunny days annually.

by: Becky Kivlovitz

Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)

Thayne Canyon
This 5.1-mile loop provides urban vistas of Salt Lake Valley through firs and aspens. Hit steep switchbacks at mile 2.4, and at mile 3.7, descend along a passage loaded with fossilized marine life. Trip ID 5749

Twin Peaks
Tag three summits on this 14.6-mile dayhike. Ascend 2,400 feet in 4.6 miles through glacially scoured White Pine Canyon to spruce-rimmed White Pine Lake. Go .1 mile along the eastern shoreline to begin a .7-mile, 800-foot push to the ridge, where views open south over American Fork Canyon. Tiptoe 1.9 miles east to tag Red Baldy (11,171 ft.) and East (11,489 ft.) and West (11,433 ft.) Twin Peaks. Trip ID 42326




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