|Saddle to Gobbler’s Knob Peak|
Gobbler’s Knob is one of the peaks that can be accessed from both Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons. The short route is from Big Cottonwood Cayon at the Butler Fork Trail head which is the way I chose for my 2016 peak goal. When I set out at the beginning of the year to make it to the top of 13 peaks, I thought it would be a challenge which it was. Gobbler’s Knob ended up as my 13th peak and I realized it would be more fun if I tried for 16 peaks for 2016. Since I made my goal, it’s fun upping the ante.
Gobbler’s Knob sits at 10,246 feet and is the highest point of the ridge separating Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons.
Head east up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Butler Fork Trailhead is t about 8 1/2 miles up the canyon with parking on both sides of the street. It is well marked as it is a popular trail. A steep climb near the stream marks the beginning of the trail but levels out to a steady climb.
The first fork in the trail is for Dog Lake and Mill A Basin. Stay on the Mill A Basin branch. The next part of the climb is my favorite. The trail continues through aspen groves and some switchbacks and is runnable for those who like to trail run.
There is another fork for the Desolation Trail. Do not take the Desolation trail. Stay on the trail toward the saddle between Gobbler’s Knob and Mt. Raymond. Right before the final ascent to the saddle, there is a trail that turns left across the base of Mt. Raymond. Do not turn here. Stay on the trail that goes straight up the saddle. Once on the saddle, turn right toward Gobbler’s Knob.
It does get steep and rocky in sections along the trail. The hardest part is dealing with the false peaks. I thought I would at the top only to discover I had a little more to go. That’s always mentally tough for me. However, once I pushed through the false peaks, it was so worth it.
|Me at the top: Gobbler’s Knob overlooking Millcreek Canyon|
Yay for me. I accomplished my 13 peak goal and decided at the top of Gobbler’s I would go for 16 peaks for 2016 since I still have a few months left to the end of the year. I did learn a lot about myself hiking peaks this summer.
A few things I learned along the way of meeting my goal:
Climbing peaks is hard.
Sometimes things get in the way we have no control over (like injuries sidelining me for months)
It’s hard to find hiking partners when you’re pushing 50.
The views from the top are incredible.
I can do hard things.