Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hiking at Alta



Now is a great time to be hiking in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The summer road to Albion Basin opens this weekend.  There is free shuttle service from the Sunnyside Store at the Albion Day Lodge.
  
Cardiff Pass
The start of this trail is across the street from Alta Lodge.



View from Cardiff Pass trail.

Trail to Catherine's Pass.  This trail starts at the top of Sunnyside Lift in Albion Basin.  It is 1.5 miles each way and provides breath taking views in all directions.


View from Catherine's Pass.


View from the trail on the return trip from Catherine's Pass.



Meadow along the Catherine's Pass trail with buttercup wildflowers.

 View of Mt. Superior on the way back to the Catherine's Pass trail head.





The start of the trail to Red Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon. This trail is three miles each way.



Wildflowers are abundant on this trail.
















There are three bridges to cross the creeks.

The Salt Lake Valley viewed from the trail.


Red Pine Lake.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunshine

We've had beautiful weather the past two weekends and the snow is almost gone on Mt. Superior.Lush green vegetation is replacing the snow and the aspen trees have their foliage.  Volunteers last week took part in the annual canyon clean up along both sides of the canyon road--thank you volunteers for helping to keep the canyon beautiful.

The 27th annual Writers at Work conference was at the Lodge last week and weekend for the second year in a row.  Open to the public, the conference brings in writers and publishers for four days.  If you are interested in attending a Writers at Work future conference, visit their web site for information.

As we wait for additional snow melt to be able to hike the higher elevation trails in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Millcreek Canyon has been a good option.  Some wildflowers are already out along the Millcreek trails.