Broads Fork – Part II

This post literally picks up the trail where the earlier post, Broads Fork – Part I, left off.  You can click on the highlighted name of the post to go back to it if you’d like to see where we are in reference to it….  I took this photo standing next to the beaver pond that those two people were walking past in photo #8 of the last post…looking toward the west where we now see both of the Twin Peaks….

This is another backward perspective from the middle of a scree trail…we’re actually going the opposite direction, still heading toward the cirque at the end of the trail…maybe this photo is supposed to be after the next two, but I’m not sure…maybe, though….

You might remember this one…but now it has a wider/larger view of the mountainside beneath the loving cloud….

This is where we make the final ascent into the cirque at the end of the trail.  Given that it’s the first week of July and it’s been rather warm down in the valley, I’m not too sure about walking across the remaining snow…don’t know how deep it goes…don’t know what’s under it if I fall through…so I went to the right of the snow field, up over the rocks….

…and found that the trail kept going up, up, up….  I discovered on my way down, by talking with a couple of people you shall see shortly, that the trail would have eventually taken me up to the saddle between Sunrise Peak and the western slope of the Twin Peaks.

But this is where I stopped, you can see my backpack in the lower right corner of the above photograph.  You can also see the ascending trail in lighter rocks….  I didn’t research the hike the week before, as I usually do when going on a new trail.  I had actually looked into it about a year or so ago when one of my sons and I went up to Lake Blanche (and two other lakes nearby), which is situated in the canyon to the east of Broads Fork and has it’s trailhead on the opposite end of the same parking lot as Broads Fork’s.  So I already knew where the trailhead was located and knew that I’d be hiking for a bit more than four miles up into the mountains…but had forgotten most of the rest of what I had read over the intervening year.  If I had remembered the rest of what I had read, I would have known that I could have hiked a bit further, switchback by switchback, up to that saddle, and then went up to either Sunrise Peak or to the western summit of Twin Peaks.  But I was hiking alone and wouldn’t have attempted that on this trip anyway…so it doesn’t really matter that I had forgotten….

This is another shot, below, that I’ve provided for perspective’s sake…that’s actually a 57yo mother and her 25yo son crossing the snow field, with mom behind the son.  I had turned around again to see my back-trail and noticed them at the top left of the snow field…and it took me a few long seconds to get the camera set enough to zoom in and capture them before they left the white background of the snow…so please forgive the uneven shot with the top of the peak missing….

There is a story in one of the religious texts or holy books that details an incident where the people’s god tells their leader to speak to a particular stone and it will bring forth water…the leader was angry with the people for being disobedient, so he struck the stone instead…and it still brought forth water…but he had to pay the consequences later by not being allowed to enter into the land that the god had promised to his people….  I think of this story whenever I see water coming out of the ground like this…sometimes I see it seeping directly out of a hillside and forming a tiny little stream that flows down that hill until it reaches another and larger stream…other times I have seen larger streams, again, seeping out of a hillside.  This is the first time, though, that I have seen such a stream flowing directly out of the mostly flat ground…and appearing almost to come out of a rock.   When I examined the spring more closely, I found that the water was not seeping from the rock field above it…the ground above the spring was not waterlogged…there was no water flowing from the rocks above, nor seeping or flowing down from the large snow field seen above…so either the snow is melting and draining into a natural cistern below all of those rocks and then pouring out of this spring, or this is a true spring with water flowing up from the ground…at over 8,500 ft in elevation.  I don’t know which it is and I suppose it doesn’t really matter for our purposes here…but I thought it was rather fascinating…and beautiful….

These next two photographs are especially for Allen from New Hampshire Garden Solutions…another blog friend who knows and loves wildflowers….  I want to say that the flowers in the first photo are Pygmyflower Rock Jasmine, because that’s what the flowers looks like, even though the stem and the rest of the plant don’t….

…and we have a definite match with this second one…it’s called a Green Gentian, or Monument Plant…the coloring rather looks like a lizard’s skin to me…but maybe that just means that I lived in the desert for too long….

And now a final “Thank You” to the gentleman hiker who caught my camera before it hit the ground as he was changing the camera’s position from landscape to portrait orientation for this last shot….


36 responses

  1. Great shots, Scott. Very impressive landscape.

    BTW, I’ve been meaning to suggest turning on the the feature where only the first part of the post comes through in the e-mail notification.

    The reason for the suggestion, and it might be only me, is that the pictures load very, very slowly, and it locks up my e-mail client until they all load. Probably because it has to fetch the pictures from the source.

    Since my posts are usually long, I switched to just the summary so people don’t get incredibly long e-mails.

    Not a big deal, but in these days of instant-everything, it is a minor source of annoyance.

    July 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    • Thank you, Emilio…and I made that change in the feed, showing a summary instead of the full post. Please let me know if it works/doesn’t work with future posts…. Thank you for letting me know….

      July 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

  2. Great shots – I really enjoyed the hike.
    Thanks for sharing.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • You are very welcome, Victoria…thank you, too. 🙂

      July 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

  3. Such a beautiful place! Thanks for the flower photos and the referral Scott. I tried to look up the white flowers but didn’t really get anywhere without a wildflower ID book. I love that green gentian and would be very happy to find it. It’s things like that flower that keep me doing what I do-always the chance of the unknown just around the next bend in the trail. What a great life! Thanks again.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

    • You’re most welcome, Allen. I checked a couple of wildflower sources and couldn’t find the flower either…so I guess it will just be a pretty, white, alpine flower for now. That works for me. 🙂 Little discoveries like the green gentian are nice to encounter, too. When I found the white (Colorado) Columbine on my hike to Lambs Canyon, it was the first time I had seen it in my almost two years of hiking here…or maybe it was the first time I had noticed it, I don’t know…but it was a nice treat…and I do see them more now, too. A great life, indeed…and you’re most welcome. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

  4. The photos are magnificent and the detail in the narration has allowed me to walk beside you!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

    • Thank you, Miss Bonnie…I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and narration…glad that you could be there. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

  5. These are just stunning Scott and to be able to share the hike with you has been such a pleasure. 🙂

    July 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    • I’m very happy you could go along, Chillbrook. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

  6. I was just having a wander down Cottonwood Canyon Road using Google’s Street View. It’ll be great when they start mapping the trails in the same way… I guess if we see a hikers with a rotating cameras on their heads, we’ll know they’re getting there 😉

    July 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

    • Isn’t it wonderful to cruise around with Google? After John’s mention of it the other day, I downloaded it, as well, and went on another few hikes up into canyons that I’ve visited…what great detail. I have seen some mountain-bikers with cameras on their helmets and know that they often post their videos on You-Tube…I’ll keep a look-out for the hikers with their helmet cams. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

  7. Another wonderful hike! I can’t put my finger on it, but your photos are getting more lovely all the time. Thank goodness the gentleman hiker had quick reflexes!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    • Those are very nice words, Gunta…but I wonder if it might just be what I’m photographing…it’s been some gorgeous subject-matter lately…except for the skeleton on the steam-roller, that is. And yes, I’m very happy the guy caught the camera…it was right above knee-level when he got it under control again…scary. 😦

      July 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

  8. Wow, Scott, we’ve all been on the trail with you….. and not even out of breath……. a quite real experience….. love your combination of text and photos……. thanks very much……. half a world away and I lived the experience.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    • I’m very happy that you could be with me, John…what wonderful company. 🙂 And you’re most welcome….

      July 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

  9. Once again, a wonderful trek through the mountains! As to the wildflower, could it be a Rocky Mountain phlox? That’s the direction I’m leaning, but I’m not there and can’t quite get a sense of scale. They look taller than a phlox, but I know how tricky photography can be sometimes.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    • Thank you, Dezra…and I’m not sure that the flower would be a phlox…as they don’t have a prominent yellow center and their petals are more clover-shaped than the elongated ones in my photo. Thank you for the fitting suggestion, though. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

  10. Stunning! Thanks for taking us on this journey!

    July 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • Thank you, Cathy…and you’re most welcome. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

  11. What a wonderful place that is! I am really getting to like those mountains! Love that spring too! Made me think of the
    mammoth spring, I think is down by Panguich.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    • They are beautiful mountains, Terry…and so nice to be up there in them. I had not heard of Mammoth Spring in Utah before, but looking on a map, it is just a bit south of Panguitch…a location I’ve passed about a dozen times driving from here to Phoenix and back. Might make a nice day-trip adventure….

      July 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

  12. Again, great stuff, Scott. I’d love to have been with you.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    • Thank you, Gary…it’s a wonderful place. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

  13. Great shots Scott..loved the ones with rock and cloud contrast in same frame..beautiful
    the egdiness of the rocks
    the fluffiness of the clouds
    the flowers and the greens
    beauty that is nature in every shot and scene

    July 20, 2012 at 12:12 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Soma…and thank you for your accompanying poetry…. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 7:12 am

  14. WOw! WOw! and Wow! Magnificent landscape!

    July 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      July 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

  15. a very beautiful place

    July 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

  16. Great photos Scott. It is nice to see sunny landscape, cheering the visitors.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    • Thank you, Pattu…those sunny days are very inviting out there in the mountains and canyons…. 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 7:16 am

  17. An incredible landscape, beautifully captured.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…and it is a rather stirring place.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

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