During a Fourth of July party, I texted Steve to see if he was up for a hike the next morning. He was. I invited Paul to join us and he accepted the invitation. So, early Sunday morning, Paul met me at my place, we picked up Steve, and headed up Millcreek Canyon. We had decided to hike Mount Aire.
Hike Reports (Page 2)
It rained all day yesterday, so when I woke up late in the morning today, I was pleased to see that it was clear. Although I hadn't planned on hiking today, I quickly decided to attempt Mount Olympus again.
After 3+ years living in Salt Lake City, I finally decided to make an attempt on Mount Olympus. The weather had been unseasonably warm, and I didn't start hiking until around 2:00 p.m., so it was viciously hot.
I decided to hike some of Mount Olympus this evening to get some good sunset photos. I wanted to hike up as far as I could to get the shots, but when the trail turned a corner and headed east up Tolcat Canyon--away from the setting sun--I stopped and headed back to the west-facing side of the mountain.
Mindy and I hiked up to Cardiff Pass in the mid-morning. The weather was perfect, and we arrived about an hour after we started. I continued up to the peak just west of the pass. The hike to that peak was short but steep, and the views of the ridge to Mount Superior and the mountains on the south side of Little Cottonwood Canyon were well worth the extra effort.
Westley, Mindy and I started hiking Mount Timpanogos (in the dark) at 5:00 a.m. from the Aspen Grove trailhead. Westley and I summited at about 12:40 p.m. (Mindy hiked up to the saddle--just 800 feet below the summit--but didn't make a summit attempt.) We made it back to the car at 5:00 p.m. for a trip total of 12 hours, 16 miles, 4,850 vertical feet, with a 11,750-foot maximum elevation.
I got an itch to go hiking at work yesterday afternoon, so I headed to Alta to hike up to Cardiff Pass. The guidebook says it should take 40 minutes to 1.5 hours to make it to the pass. I arrived at the trailhead at about 7:45 p.m., so I wasn't sure if I would make it to the pass by my turn-around time of 8:30. Once I found my way to the road/trail that starts behind Alta's town offices, I was off to the races. I stopped a few times to take some photos, but I was mostly just on a mission to reach the pass by 8:30.
Mindy and I hiked up into Stairs Gulch in Big Cottonwood Canyon this evening. The trail starts off easily enough, but then shoots straight up. Eventually, we came upon a stream, and then we just hiked straight up from there until it started getting late. The scenery was really good for such a short hike.
Today I finally did some non-skiing-related hiking. Mindy and I hiked up Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon to the meadow below Sunrise Peak, Mount Dromedary and the Broads Fork Twin Peaks. The hike was fairly short (2 miles), but it gains quite a bit of elevation (2,200 vertical feet).
Mindy and I hiked from the Albion Basin parking lot at Alta up through Catherine's Area to the top of the Supreme lift. The hike wasn't too difficult, and it was cool seeing all the terrain I had skied during the winter without snow. Before the final approach to the top, we dropped down onto the other side of the ridge for a bit, which gave me a good perspective on how Alta and Brighton ski areas are virtually connected to one another.