The Thorpe Hills are hardly noticed by anyone but ATV enthusiasts who ride all over the area. Because they are easily accessible to most of Salt Lake and Utah Counties, they make good short excursion peaks. The Thorpe Hills are just south of the Oquirrh Mountains. I would only climb here in winter and spring when other areas are covered in heavy snow. Because the Thorpe Hills are far away from the bigger mountain ranges, the views are really good. These are dumpster diving peaks so don’t expect anything that great!
Thorpe Hills 4
Distance: All 4 under 1 mile
Elevation Gain: Each 500 feet or less
Summit Elevations: 5,813 to 6,190 feet
Kids difficulty rating: Easy
Access rating: Level 2 and 3
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Thorpe Hills from Topliff Hill
East Tintic Mountains from Tenmile Pass Peak
5813B Tenmile Pass Peak
Sevenmile Pass East Peak
Sevenmile Pass West Peak
Thorpe Hills Highpoint
Looking to Sevenmile Pass West Peak
Looking NE from Tenmile Pass Peak
Thorpe Hills Highpoint
Seven Mile East and West Peaks
Ten Mile Pass Peak
One could hike up from the pavement at Five Mile Pass but quicker access is from the 4WD trail that works its way into the southwest canyon. There is a maze of roads in the area but coming in from where I show on the map should get you close. I parked once the road/ATV trail got too rough. A 500 foot climb up easy open slopes reaches a broad summit.
The road to Seven Mile Pass is a decent dirt road. I parked at the pass for an easy ridge climb up 550 feet to Seven Mile Pass West Peak. A short drive south, then up a 4WD road will get you very close to the summit of the East Peak. The 4WD road actually goes all the way to the top of point 5961 but is very steep near the end.
Continuing south from Seven Mile Pass will take you to a small bump near Ten Mile Pass. The route up the north ridge will be obvious from the spur road on the north side.
From Lehi, take Highway 73 west to the south end of the Oquirrh Mountains at Five Mile Pass. This pass is the divide between the Oquirrh Mountains and Thorpe Hills. Several roads go south from the pass, look for the dirt road just before the paved “Pony Express Road”. The dirt road does a broad curve near some information boards but is then a straight line.
Above: Flat Top Mountain from Thorpe Hills HP. All pictures except one above of Flat Top and the Benchmark are from Tenmile Pass Peak. I forgot my camera when I did the other three, special thanks to Dean Molen for giving me these two pictures, taken in December.
Toplift Hill in distance