Friday, June 30, 2017

Gobblers Knob (10,246'), Utah, June 20, 2017

Mileage:  8+ miles (RT) 

Elevation gain:  3,241' 

Trailhead: 6200 South exit off I-215, head east and south on State Highway 190 for 2 miles and turn left onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Drive 8 miles to the Butler Fork trailhead on left (picture of trail map is below).

This mountain has the coolest name.  Apparently the name came from a group of impoverished miners living in the area who raised turkeys to supplement their meager earnings. Sounds plausible.

Hiked with my brother today. I asked him to take me hiking to help get my legs ready for this summer's peak bagging adventures (what better place to train than Utah?!). Gobblers Knob is one of his "go to" hikes.  It's close by and always serving up a good workout and mad views.

Gobblers Knob shares a saddle with Mt. Raymond.  Hiking both Raymond and Gobblers Knob is a popular option  - but definitely off the table for me today.  My legs were tired from the past weeks' hikes. And besides, we had lunch plans. 

This morning was warmer than the last few mornings. The air was dry, and out in the woods the bright green of the new leaves on the trees popped against the blue sky - perfect weather!

We reached a water crossing of sorts. I opted to rock hop while my brother crossed the log.

There's a short cliffy area skirting a steep incline.  It isn't treacherous by any means but we did use care. It was probably a challenge for the mom we saw carrying a two year old and baby in a sling, though!

"Cliffy" area.

It was fun going through the fields of wildflowers and the aspens.

On the way to the saddle we hiked a long wooded stretch which wound around and up to the saddle. Although beautiful, I understood why my brother felt this portion of the trek never-ending.

We went left.

 Yes, the views are spectacular.

Mt. Raymond and the saddle (GK slope on right).

We reached the saddle and stopped to rest before continuing up the herd path to the summit.

The saddle.

The original plan was to hike up Mt. Raymond and we headed that way (left of the saddle). After a few hundred yards up Raymond's rough herd path (steep with a sketchy drop off), my legs voted for the more predictable Gobblers Knob.  Good choice as we found out later that higher up, the Mt. Raymond path was still heavy with snow.  

Two moose taking the short way down!

Those hundred yards up the sketchy-gravelly-steep herd path to Mt. Raymond took a lot out of us and neither was hot on going back to the saddle and then up Gobblers Knob.

But we came to hike, dammit, not whine, so we picked our way down and back to the saddle -  and up the other side we went.

While not a "dragon's back" by any stretch, Gobblers ridge did have a few bumps, one of them considered a false summit.  I was warned as I trekked up the narrow path and through the rocks.  From this last bump you will see the true summit close by.

Heading up to Gobblers Knob.
Incredible viewage.

Snow.  Given the late snowfall, most peaks still had some. We headed over to the snow field that covered the path.  It had a slippery slant but not too steep; quite doable so we punched out a path with our boots and continued on.

Just a bit of snow.

On the summit we took a break and admired the view. The marker is on the far rock, just keep walking past the summit and you will see it on the right.

After twenty minutes we headed down to the saddle, through the woods and to our car.

Mt. Raymond from the summit.

Heading back to the saddle.

I'd earned my beer today so back at the car we put on drier clothes and headed to the Silver Fork Restaurant for lunch. 

View from the Silver Fork Restaurant (L:Raymond; R:Gobblers Knob).

A great day to be in the mountains!