Sanpete County Highpoint Trip Report

South Tent Mountain (11,285 ft)

Date: September 28, 2004
Authors: Jennifer and Gerry Roach

After spending the night at the Spring City walk-in Campground, we approached using the directions in High in Utah by Miller and Weibel (HIU). The road from Spring City to the Wasatch Plateau is rough near the top but passable for any 4WD vehicle. It would be thoughtful in a Subaru. Some of the ruts on the Skyline Drive are big enough to float a small yacht during wet weather and we were glad that we were here on a dry September day when the canals only limbered up our lumbars. The HIU parking place is 200 yards south of a sign for Canal Canyon. The sign for "South Tent Mountain" at the HIU parking place is gone and the old 4WD road up North Tent Mountain has been destroyed. We parked at the HIU spot and hiked up North Tent Mountain, crossing the shredded 4WD road en route. We visited both summits of North Tent Mountain and found them to be of nearly equal height. There was a Barbara Lilly/Gordon McCloud register on the southern summit. The traverse from North Tent to South Tent Mountain was easy and fun and we found another L&M register there with a hearty number of signers.

To complete our Tour de Tent, we plunged down the west face of South Tent and returned to our vehicle via the Arapeen OHV Trail 5, which provides the closest vehicle approach to South Tent. To use it going in, go 250 yards south from the HIU parking place, turn east onto FR 054, go straight after 120 yards, bear left after another 300 yards where the smaller FR 091 descends southeast into Joe's Valley, go east for another 200 yards and park where the road crosses a minor creek flowing from the north, just before the road turns to the south.