Kane County High Point Trip Report

Date: September 3, 2001
Author: Scott Surgent

Access to "Andy Nelson" Peak, the 10,027-footer, is well-described in "High in Utah" (HIU). The trail system is not shown on the topos (at least, not mine), but a fine trail leads to the saddle between Navajo Peak and Nelson, from which one may pick their own way to the top of Nelson. The top is surprisingly broad and treeless. When descending, keep Navajo Peak's summit in your field of vision at about 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock to keep a good general bearing back to the trail. You will likely leave the trail before you reach the saddle.

For the actual HP liner, I followed HIU's directions, driving my truck down FR-1642 to its junction with FR-1646, where I parked and walked the rest, about 3/4 mile to the main road's end. With GPS, I hiked west through the forest a bit, then some NW, wondering if I was even in the right area. Then, on my way out, I spied Andy Martin's cairn, ziploc baggie and cohp list therein! I took a GPS reading (37 deg 32.65 min N, 112 deg 49.48 min W). This may help to get one close to the area; walking around is in order. When hiking out, do your best to stay near the rim and head east. Eventually you should intersect the road.