Franklin County High Point Trip Report

Date: July 2, 2000
Author: Ken Jones

On US Hwy. 89, find the Beaver Mountain Ski Area turnoff at virtual milepost 399.8. Head north on the paved road, Utah state route 243. At 0.7 miles turn off onto a dirt road just as the paved road is entering a sweeping left turn. Keep right at 0.9 miles, and follow the main road. You'll pass the signed state line into Idaho at 2.8 miles. You'll pass the entrance to Beaver Creek Campground at 4.7 miles, and pass another right fork at 4.8 (keep straight). At 6.4 miles, reach a signed junction ("Egan Basin 2") where you'll go left, passing a couple of right forks immediately but keeping left. You'll cross a cattle guard at 7.8 miles, and skip forks to the left (8.5) and right (8.9). At 10.6 miles is a fork to the right (8475' on map). Park here. This route was bumpy but passable in a rental 2WD car. Roads in this area have changed since the 1969 Egan Basin quad was surveyed - the dirt road to the right at this point is not signed as open, and I believe is technically closed at this point to vehicle traffic. The jeep road over Danish Pass has been replaced by a graded road.

(Alternate driving route: On US Hwy 91 in Idaho at virtual milepost 3.7 (that's the distance north of the Utah border) turn east onto paved and signed "Cub River Road". At 8.5 miles, the pavement ends and a good gravel road continues. At 11.2 miles, turn right. At 13.9 miles, pass Willow Flat campground. The road deteriorates past this point. Continue up Hillyard Canyon, passing a right fork at 17.5 miles and turn to the left in a flat area at 17.7. Follow the main track to 18.3 miles, where you'll turn left. You'll pass through Danish Pass at 19.7 miles and reach the 8475' junction, referred to above, at 20.1 miles from Hwy. 91. These mileages are probably a bit low. This route was tough on a 2WD rental car; high clearance would be recommended.)

From the parking area, you can see a bump at a bearing of about 25 degrees. You can't actually see the summit, but it's behind there. We walked the (closed?) road about 100 yards, then headed more or less on a direct line for the peak. It's steep, but mostly not loose. The angle keeps getting lower, so several areas that look like they might be the top turn out not to be. When you get to the top it's obvious. The two upright rocks which are highest, and furthest north, may be north of the watershed line, and therefore may be outside Franklin county. Get on top of the other heap, too. We did not find a register.

Total trip is about 2 miles with 1000' of gain. Our round trip was just under 2 hours with a break on top.