Doubletop Mountain, 31 July, 2022

Six Cache Hikers met for the Boss Canyon to Doubletop Mountain hike: Dave W, Dave P, Ralph, Kamren, Joan and Dan (the leader). We car-pooled up to the Franklin Basin road, dropped off a "shuttle" car at Steep Hollow, then drove into Idaho to the White Canyon road. The start time was 9:10 a.m.

Trekking poles were put to good use as we crossed a few streams near the beginning of our hike.  Our route continued along an ATV trail up Boss Canyon, through meadows and into the welcome shade of a conifer forest. We encountered sheep, a guard dog, and a sheepherder on horseback as we gained elevation.  A few ATV riders passed us, kicking up dust, and after about 4 miles on the trail we reached a rescue/warming hut used for winter travelers.

We continued up to the ridge, admiring abundant w
ildflowers along the way.  At 12:30 and 5 miles on the trail, we reached the main ridge of the Bear River Range and enjoyed lunch with a great view of North Fork High Creek to the west.

Our route then took us south along the ridge, over two intermediate peaks and around the west side of a third.  We could now see Doubletop Mountain before us and the cirque below us on the east. As we climbed toward the summit of Doubletop we stopped to look and listen for pika which live in the rocky talus slopes. We were pleased to see one of the little furry rabbit-like animals, since their high-elevation habitat is threatened by climate change.  After summiting Doubletop Mountain, 9873 feet above sea level and the second highest peak in the Bear River Range, the group continued south on the ridge to a saddle, veered east and descended along a faint trail into Steep Hollow.

We traveled through forest and meadow, eventually finding the main trail down Steep Hollow, then past grazing cows on the way to our car at the Franklin Basin road. The drivers rode in the shuttle car to retrieve their vehicles, picked up the rest of the hikers at Steep Hollow and returned to Logan.

Trip Summary:
  • Six hikers:  Dave W, Dave P, Ralph, Kamren, Joan and Dan (the leader)
  • Drove 31 miles to White Canyon
  • Started hiking about 9:10 a.m., lunch 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Doubletop Mountain at 2:45, the Steep Hollow trailhead at 5:30 and Logan by 6:45 p.m.
  • Warm temperatures, partly cloudy with smoky skies and a light breeze
  • Hiked about 10.7 miles with 2600 feet of ascent

Thanks to Dan for the narrative, photos and GPS data, and Dave W., Dave P. and Ralph for photos.

Looking north from the Boss Canyon ATV trail to the sheep camp at the bottom of White Canyon
Stream crossings are much easier with trekking poles

There were several border crossings along our route Sheep
Trail sections were "paved" with "slabby limestone" of the Garden City formation The "Boss Rescue Cabin"
Upper Boss Canyon (looking south)
Upper Boss Canyon (looking east)

Northwest view from the main ridge
On the main ridge, looking south toward Doubletop
Doubletop Mountain, with Cherry Peak on the right

Flowers just below the peak

Looking west over High Creek Canyon
Looking south toward Naomi Peak and Cherry Peak

Looking east down Steep Hollow
Hiking down from Doubletop
A last look at Cherry Peak before leaving the ridge

Our GPS track shows about 10.7 miles and 2600 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.