Trip Report: Red Top + the AF Triplets

Red Top + the AF Triplets
By Kurt Hiland
HIKE 09/24/2023 MSD

On a glorious fall day, club members Kurt Hiland, Stephanie Anderson and Sandra Berzinis set out to tag five 11,000’ peaks, four of them along the so-called Bullion Divide between Little Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons. Our first objective was Red Top which we approached from White Pine road. Most of the first half of the 1900’ ascent up the west face was a nice 30-35 degree grassy slope. The upper half was steeper class 2/3 rock and it took some weaving about in order to keep the exposure minimal. The view from Red Top was the best of the bunch and from there the AF Twin West seemed really close - just a hop, skip and a jump along the Bullion Divide. Once atop the West Twin, the East Twin was an easy stroll. A short walk later, the Third Twin (aka The Triplet) was ours. To bag #5, we descended 1000’ to a road then trudged back up to Hidden Peak and the tram at the top of Snowbird. Given that one of us suffered from leg cramps, one suffered from nausea, and the other had gas which pretty much caused the others to suffer, tagging #5 felt like a real accomplishment. The icing on the cake was riding the tram full of inebriated Oktoberfesters and singing along to the chorus of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” with them.

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