Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sunset Peak

We had a wonderful time with Jesus today and enjoyed the views. We prayed along the way and had the peak to ourselves.

DIRECTIONS: Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon. At the booth in Alta they will let you know if there is parking available at the trailhead; otherwise you may have to park your car and take the free Summer shuttle up or hike up.
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy breathe-taking scenery of Little Cottonwood and beautiful flowers. You'll climb up 1 mile ~ 800' e.g. to Catherine's Pass where you'll see Catherine Lake and Brighton. This is a good place for a break. You'll enjoy walking by Pine trees up the sandy beach to the saddle. Get your camera out for panoramic shots of the lakes below. The hike to the summit took 1 hour 20 minutes and 1 hour back down.
RATING: MODERATE ~ 1248' elevation gain ~ 1.5 miles to 10,648' summit.
HIKE TIME: Allow 3 hours.
GEAR: make sure you bring a jacket, water, sack lunch, energy snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, hiking pole, and first aid.
WATERSHED: No dogs are allowed in Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

White Pine & Berries

God blessed us with cool weather, and gave us a day of healing. We had a time of prayer at the top too. The wildflowers were incredible!

DESCRIPTION: A half day hike up to a beautiful granite rock lake on an old Jeep road. Enjoy wildflowers, shaded forest, and berries on the trail. There are fantastic views of Little Cottonwood Canyon from the top.
DIRECTIONS: Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the White Pine trailhead.
HIKE TIME: Allow 7 hours
RATING: Intermediate ~ 2460' e.g. ~ 4.1 miles to lake.
Not recommended for kids or beginner hikers.
GEAR: make sure you bring a jacket, plenty of water, sack lunch, bug spray, energy snacks, sunscreen, hat, hiking pole, and hiking gear.
WATERSHED: No swimming, no wading, and no dogs allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wildflowers and Clayton

Wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Enjoyed great views, had prayer on the summit and took pictures of wildflowers. We saw a deer, marmot, squirrel, birds, and few hikers.

RATINGS: Intermediate with scrambling.
(not recommended for kids or beginners)
MILEAGE: 2 1/2 miles to 10,721' summit, 1960' e.g.
HIKE TIME: 5 1/2 hours with breaks.
DIRECTIONS: Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Wasatch Blvd. & Fort Union Blvd. in Salt Lake City. Drive to the top and park at Brighton ski resort.
RESTROOMS: Available at Silver Fork Lake visitor center.
  • Look for the ski sign at the large Brighton parking area.
  • Follow the gravel path to the Lake Mary trailhead.
  • Walk up the hill full of wildflowers.
  • Turn left at the Dog Lake trail junction.
  • Keep following the trail to the left.
  • The right trail takes you to Dog Lake.
  • Walk through an enchanted forest.
  • At Snake Creek Pass, enjoy the rocky overlook.
  • Hike up the road to Clayton Peak.
  • On the right, take the trail to the summit.
  • As you scramble, enjoy breathe taking views.

WATERSHED: No dogs are allowed up Big Cottonwood.
GEAR: Hiking pole is needed. Take water, sack lunch, first aid, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, camera, and hiking gear.