Easter morning - before the Easter egg hunt we made a quick hop up Avenues Twin Peaks. Along for the ride were buffalo burgers topped with olives and Pecorino cheese. The burgers had been supplemented with balsamic vinegar, basil, roasted peppers, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. All on a toasted bun.
It's simply amazing that no one has hiked up the Avenues Twin Peaks with a Cheeseburger before. It's a short (2.2 mi. roundtrip) without too much elevation gain - and you get great views of the Salt Lake Valley from both peaks. Perhaps someone has hiked these peaks but the extreme difficulty of writing a post (and sounding as witty as they think they are) was too much effort.
Starting from Terrace Hills Dr. we hiked up the ridge to an overlook into City Creek Canyon. The trail turned right and ascended another ridge meeting up with the summits. We took in the great views of Red Butte, Black Mountain, and Dude Peak and ate a burger on each of the two summits. The descent began with some bushwacking down to the Shoreline trail. Chuck, remember, it's not a hike without bushwacking!
Welcome to Chuck, the latest Cheeseburger summiteer!
Chuck, Kirk, Paul - Avenues Twin Peaks
We began the morning at our traditional spot of the Starbucks at 15th and 15th. Patrick arrived looking chipper and ready for a challenge. After a short wait, Paul showed up looking rather the worse for wear. He sheepishly announced that he had come just to tell us that he wasn't going and that it was unlikely that Chuck would even show up. It turns out that they had been enjoying multiple alcoholic beverages until 3:30 in the morning. We begged Paul to join us, but to no avail. Switching tactics, we argued that he had picked out the hike and that he was the only one who knew the way to get there. Foolishly, he eventually agreed to accompany us. After concluding that Chuck was a 'No Show', we drove to the trailhead for the Avenue Twin Peaks.
The trip to the first peak was quick and uneventful. At the peak we each enjoyed a 1/2 lb of organic ground buffalo meat, mixed with lots of chopped garlic, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Finally topped with a healthy slice of swiss cheese, ketchup, mustard and a lovely toasted bun.
All three of us struggled to finish our wagon wheel sized burgers, but persevered. It was a short hike to the second peak and I proudly pulled out the second half of our meal. An identical wagon wheel sized burger for each of us. Looking rather green, Paul managed to mumble that he was going to be unable to eat his burger. Patrick and I quickly determined that Paul's new name for the rest of the hike would be Nancy. Nancy seemed rather nonplussed by our banter and chose to remain demurely quite. The remaining two Cheeseburger Summiteers ate the burgers quickly only stopping to critique Nancy on her complete lack of gastro fortitude. Sadly, Nancy's inability to eat two hamburgers and Chuck's No Show caused us to return to the trailhead with 3 leftover Cheeseburgers.
Successful Cheeseburger Summits:
Not many summits left to hit walking from my own house, especially now that Old Bull is slowing down. A quick glance at the map said that "Avenues Twin" was within striking distance. We set out on a cloud-covered Sunday morning with a bag full of KGB garlic to deliver to sow in a garden in the nose-bleed district of residential Salt Lake City. Mission accomplished and we found the lime kiln trailhead to get us to the Bonneville Shoreline trail. A mile+ of mud/snow/slush and I led Old Bull on a direct assault of the sw ridge of the south peak. Photo op with the burger (lamburghini of course) and the north peak as backdrop.
A quick gaze at the city and the Wasatch beyond
and off to the north summit for another midday snack.
It was a two-for day... a Sunday afternoon hike to both the north and south peak where we got a lovely view of the city, the Oquirrh mountains, and the incoming storm that hopefully will bring us the winter we skiers anxiously await!
100 yards south is the South Peak and more cheeseburgers!
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