Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Recent Hikes in the Canyon

Albion Basin
With the recent blazing heat in Salt Lake City, Little Cottonwood Canyon has provided relief from the heat for those of us that dwell in the valley. Being closely situated to the mountains, it is easy to head to the canyon after work or on the weekend and enjoy a leisurely walk or hike.

Mineral Basin
Here's something different to try if you are up for a more ambitious hike. Walk up to Sugarloaf Pass from Albion Basin and drop into Mineral Basin.  There are multiple trails there and some fantastic views of the Timpanogos mountains. Last Sunday we walked to the tunnel that goes from Mineral Basin to Peruvian Gulch and rode the Peruvian chairlift down to Snowbird. The hike was beautiful with many lupine and bluebells on the hillside. The intensity of the colors will only increase over the next couple of weeks as flowers begin to come into peak season.  We rode the chairlift down at no cost on Sunday. Normal operating hours are 11am - 8pm in summer and 11am - 6pm during fall.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wildflower Festival - July 29, 30 & 31

Alta is home to more than 300 varieties of wildflowers that typically reach their peak in late July.  A brilliant carpet of color spreads across the meadows and hills of the Cottonwood Canyons, especially in Albion Basin at Alta. Each year the Cottonwoods Canyon Foundation puts together a Wildflower Festival to share viewing the wildflowers as well as identifying them.  The three-day festival includes hikes for different level hikers as well as shorter walks. 
Stop in for Saturday lunch or Sunday Brunch and enjoy the peak of wildflower season!

The day's events at Alta are as follows:

Saturday, July 30th  (Entry 2, Albion Grill)

Beginner Walks
    • Lower Albion Meadows Trail
    • Walk takes place along gentle terrain along base area, through willows, meadows and along stream side to allow for excellent variety of wetland wildflowers and other species.
    • About 1 hour
    • 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.
Intermediate Wildflower Walks
    • Albion Meadows Trail at a gentle grade. This walk allows for wonderful variety of flowers blooming in habitats including meadows, shaded spruce-fir stands, nears streams, and sunny, rocky slopes.
    • About 1 1⁄2 hours.
    • 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.

Advanced Walk
    • Twin Lakes Pass trail. Trail is very steep and rocky in sections.
    • North-facing slopes allow for wildflower viewing through a variety of habitats. About 1 ½ hours.
    • 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
    • Hikes depart as groups fill.

Kids Wildflower Walks
    • Walks along the base designed with kids in mind, fun and interactive wildflower activities along the way! Discover what wildflowers need to grow!  We’ll look for wildflowers and wildlife of Albion Basin.
    • Approximately 45 minutes
    • 9:30am and 10:30am
    • Kids walks depart as groups fill. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.
    • Ongoing Art and Entertainment activities at base from 9 am – 12 pm

Live Music by Bobo of the Weekenders
    • 8:30am-12:30pm