This hike has only been on my list for a year or two when I noticed a possible route while hiking other peaks of Alta. I decided to go clockwise to get my elevation gain up front, so the approach is the same as the Twin Lakes Pass hike. Over 60% (about 1,268 feet) of the 2,030 feet of total elevation gain occurs in the first 1.7 miles from the road to Twin Lakes Pass. Patsy Marley is another 520 feet gain or so and less than half a mile from Twin Lakes Pass. Mount Wolverine is less than half a mile from Patsy Marley and just over 235 feet gain from there. Mount Tuscarora feels anticlimactic coming off the other two peaks. I would say the most challenging part of the hike is the final push up to Patsy Marley from the ridge, with about 200 feet elevation gain in about 500 feet horizontal (close to 40% slope). The ridge is great though, with lots of cubic rocks providing solid footing.
I usually take too much water on my hikes, but on this hike I brought (and drank) about 3 liters. I probably could have used another half-liter, but 3 liters was about right for the pace and weather (clear, mid-40°F)
Hike stats: 2,210 feet of elevation gain (multiple peaks). Round trip: 6.48 miles. Total hike time: 3 hours, 6 minutes.
Here’s a panorama view from the summit of Mount Wolverine:
I could have shaved off a minute off my time if I hadn’t stopped to take this video.