Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wildflower Update

If you have not been to Albion Basin this summer, now is the time to go.  Flowers are abundant and the slopes have a lush coverage of vegetation.  The rain over the weekend no doubt has added to the colorful floral arrangements found in both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.  Recently elephant head pink flowers were seen in a marshy meadow along the hike to Catherine's Pass.

A cluster of purple asters were along the trail headed back up to the pass and white columbine seemed to be everywhere.  Magenta-colored Indian Paintbrush were prominent along the Grizzly Gulch Trail.

Bring your camera, sturdy shoes and a picnic and come enjoy the show!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cool off in Alta

Lake Catherine

When it is sizzling in Salt Lake City--temperatures of 100+ degrees forecast this week--higher ground is the place to be.  With temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, a mountain hike is a good respite from the heat.  Right now wildflowers are abundant and as more bloom in the next several weeks, the colors will only intensify. 

There are literal "bouquets" of white columbine on the west side of Lake Catherine along with brilliant blue penstemmon, purple asters, and more. A bushy tailed fox was spotted on the trail on the way down.

Columbine at Lake Catherine

The hike to Maybird Lake has many lush green areas along the trail with ferns and flowers. More Indian Paintbrush will be opening and tiny alpine flowers can be found hidden in rocky areas in higher elevations.  You may even see a marmot catching some sunshine on granite rocks around the lake.

Maybird Lake

Pfeifferhorn Peak