Sanpete County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: July 16, 2006
Author: Scott Surgent
I followed High in Utah (HIU), and found similar conditions as in the Roach's
recent report. I started hiking up the "road" up North Tent but abandoned that
idea within minutes. Instead, going by the map and on a hunch, I descended
about 100 feet to "Beck's Ditch", an irrigation canal (?). I hopped onto the
south side and followed some paths on the berm for a half mile (and about 50
feet of gain) to below the saddle between the two Tent peaks. From here, I went
straight up the hillside to the saddle and then on to the South Tent summit.
Turned out to be a good "shortcut", saving me the hassle of climbing North Tent
and that awful chopped-up road. The r/t hike took about 2.25 hours.
Driving up to South Tent definitely requires 4wd and, frankly, the road was
pretty bad. A part of the road had sloughed off down the mountainside near the
very top, leaving little room for mistakes. The road on top, Skyline Drive,
is heavily rutted and the domain of ATVs. I scraped the bottom of my truck a few
times on the ruts. I did see one other truck up there - and talking to the guy
found out he was also seeking South Tent, so I told him about cohp.org.
Maybe he'll join! I was happy to be down afterwards.