Heaven’s Half Pipe

A buddy Paul Knudsen and I had a fun hike to a place called Heaven’s Half Pipe on the south side of the Alpine Ridge to enjoy some Spring skiing.  We started up in the afternoon from the Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead hiking the 3 mile approach.

Then we pitched a tent near the second hamongog and rested by a small campfire as the sun went down and the lights from the valley twinkled below through the trees.

The next morning near our camp we got this view of Heaven’s Half Pipe.  We would hike up to the saddle between Lone Peak (far left) and Big Horn Peak (the  peak on the right above the cliff band) .

We used snowshoes on the way up the huge bowl.

We enjoyed a spectacular view of the valley and Utah Lake below…

…and as we got higher, Box Elder Peak, Mt. Timpanogos, and Mt. Nebo emerged to the south:

Toward the upper end of the climb the snow slope seemed to get steeper… either that or I was just getting really tired… I’m not really sure which    :)

I got excited when Paul reached a point where he could see the top.

Here I’m on the last push, just a few steps from the saddle:

Once on top, we were rewarded with beautiful views of the back side of Lone Peak, the Salt Lake Valley, Bells Canyon, and a bunch of other scenery on the other side.

Here’s Paul with Big Horn Peak above:

It was really windy on top, so we only stayed long enough for a few pictures and to get our ski gear on.

By the time we headed down, the sun had softened the snow enough for a long enjoyable run weaving our way down through the granite boulders all the way back to our camp.

When we got back to camp we packed up and skied down as far as we could before running out of snow, then hiked the rest of the way out.

After leaving Heaven’s Half Pipe and arriving at home, it seemed like heaven to be able to relax in a hot tub, eat a delicious home-made supper with my beautiful wife, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in a soft bed.

3 Replies to Heaven’s Half Pipe

  1. Paul Knudsen says:

    That was one tough hike, but a nice rewarding ski run. New snow on the mountains today and probably tomorrow from the storm that just came through and is coming through tonight. Try another one next week? Haha!

  2. Cliffie Johnson says:

    Thanks for sharing your fun adventure!

  3. Natalie says:

    Wow, Kurt. You are so hard-core. What a fun post. I loved it.

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