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    Rick Saunders completed Butler Fork Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Rick Saunders completed Brighton Lakes Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Rick Saunders reviewed Mt. Timpanogos - Timpooneke Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I did this trail yesterday (a Thursday), and at 6:30 there were no problems with parking. The lot was less than a third full, maybe less than a quarter full. The best part of the hike is through the forests/meadows before reaching the Upper Basin. I saw four moose and an elk in the first meadow within minutes of starting the hike. I also saw four mountain goats. The first was at the upper end of the Lower Basin (close view), and the other three were on the mountain side to the right of Timp (one close). What none of the reviews I read here or elsewhere mention is what the trail is like for those who don't like heights. The last 100 yards or so before reaching the saddle is narrow, has a large drop-off, and parts with loose dirt that are angled down toward he drop off. For that section, I was hanging onto the wall with my right hand, testing the dirt and rocks with the hiking pole in my left hand, and stepping about 6 inches at a time. In parts it was no more than about 18 -20 inches wide. The saddle was as far as I went, as going to the summit looked about the same (without a wall on one side). I don't care if your 3 year old carrying a Barbie did it. For those who don't like heights, just be aware that you will probably only want to go **part way** up to the saddle, where you might see mountain goats up close (as I did). The views from the saddle weren't that spectacular. The rest of the hike up to the Upper Basin, and through it is GREAT. The trail to that point (and even to the saddle) is physically less strenuous than many other hikes I have done. Lots of level parts, and it is never very steep.

    Rick Saunders updated Silver Glance Lake

    3 months ago

    Rick Saunders updated Silver Glance Lake

    3 months ago

    Rick Saunders updated Silver Glance Lake

    3 months ago

    Rick Saunders completed Mineral Fork Trail

    3 months ago

    Rick Saunders reviewed Willow Heights Trail

    4 months ago

    I was there 28 June, and saw 7 moose (6 in the lake area, and one on the trail)- see under photos. The wild flowers on the north side are to be seen right now. For those getting lost, there are three ways to the lake. If you start at the labeled trailhead, then just past the sign and barely into the trail, there is a fork. (1) If you take the left fork, it will tie into the old trail that goes through the residential area. It will come into the area below the lake from the west side. (2) If you take the right fork, it is steeper and will come into the area below the lake from the south. (3) The third way is to go up Moose Track Lane (right at the rental recreation store), go up about 200 yards (heading west) and then do a 180 degree turn to back east. Just follow it to the end of the pavement is where the trail starts. A little ways up that trail, method 1 above will tie into this trail. If you take method 1 up, and want to take it down (rather than method 2) then on your way up carefully note where it ties into 3, as it is not marked, and easy to miss going down. As I recall, it will be right after a leaning tree as you go down. If you miss it and find yourself on the paved road in the residential area, you can just continue a couple hundreds yards down it, then do the U turn that will go back east and take you to Big Cottonwood Road. You will have a short walk back up to your car.

    Rick Saunders completed Silver Glance Lake

    4 months ago

    Rick Saunders completed White Pine Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Rick Saunders completed Butler Fork to Dog Lake

    6 months ago

    Rick Saunders completed Broads Fork Trail

    6 months ago

    Rick Saunders reviewed Willow Heights Trail

    10 months ago

    Always a good hike, and saw moose every time this year.
    27 June 2017- 1 moose
    14 Sep. 2017- 9 moose
    23 Sep. 2017- 2 moose
    30 Sep. 2017-3 moose

    For those that don't like the steep part or have bad knees (especially going down), take the west trail. Go up Moose Track Lane by the rental store, right before the "regular" trail head. It will head west a short distance, and then do a 180 back east. The trail head is at the end of the pavement. A little longer than the "regular" way, but much easier.

    Rick Saunders completed Willow Heights Trail

    10 months ago

    Rick Saunders reviewed Lake Blanche Trail

    about 3 years ago

    I just want to provide a perspective for those planning the hike on estimating their possible time. We went Saturday. Early 60s male in good shape and late 60s female who does not workout. It took 4 hours up. We had **lots** of stops for pictures, plus about 20 minutes of pictures/watching a moose, and waited out a couple of small hail storms under trees. *Without* the moose and hail stops and *with* the other picture taking, it would have been about 3.5 hours up. I was never winded, and *could* have done it quicker, but there was no race to get there. It was a cloudy, cool day, and only 70 in late afternoon in SLC when we got back, so probably around 60 at the lake. A decent breeze on top so the wind chill temperature at the lake was probably about 45-50 degrees. I have a knee that I don't want to put too much pressure on so it doesn't swell (torn ligaments 40 years ago), so on *most* trails with any incline, it usually takes me about the same time to come down as going up. I'd rather deal with exertion going up (which wasn't done on this hike) than the knee strain coming down. It took us 3 hours down. Trekking poles or a walking stick (both of which I forgot) would have been very helpful coming down in reducing the knee strain, so don't forget them if you have similar issues. Took 2 quarts of water each, but since it was cool and we weren't working up a sweat (as some people who passed us were), I only used about 24 oz. Nice hike, good views, and lots of picture opportunities.

    Rick Saunders completed Lake Blanche Trail

    about 3 years ago