Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Fall

This photo is from roughly two months ago, looking toward the east from the south side of Mount Raymond….  This peak is on the ridge between Millcreek Canyon to the north and Big Cottonwood Canyon to the south.  On this particular Sunday, I climbed the trail  in Porter Fork, rounded the back/south side of Mount Raymond, and then went through Baker’s Pass and down into Bowman Fork…which took me to about 1/4 of a mile from my starting point at the Porter Fork trail-head in Millcreek Canyon.  This route around the mountain, up one fork, around the mountain, and down the other fork, is somewhere between eight and nine miles in length and has an elevation change of approximately 2,400 feet.  I had been up Porter Fork a couple of times in the past, and in Bowman Fork only once, but had never taken the trail all the way around Mount Raymond…so this view was entirely new to me…and a wonderful surprise.

22 responses

  1. Wow, that’s not a view I was expecting. Superb Scott.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    • Me neither, Chillbrook…it was quite a surprise…. Thank you.

      December 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  2. The many lovely faces of the Wasatch…. the colors of the trees are spectacular memories of autumn. Beautiful shot, Scott.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    • Thought it might be familiar to you, Gunta…thank you.

      December 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  3. Nut Balls

    I LOVE the colors! It’s so beautiful up there 🙂

    November 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    • Yes, it is, Nate.

      December 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  4. Beautiful!

    November 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    • It sure is, Allen….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  5. It’s always great to find a new lookout on the world.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    • Another tucked-away treasure, Karen….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  6. So worth the extra hike! Any opportunity for new perspectives is worth the effort.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    • Yes, indeed…and I agree, Gary…worth the effort.

      December 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  7. That’s great looking country! I’m already getting anxious to get on the summer trails again!

    November 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    • Funny how we so enjoy our changing seasons and continue to look forward to the next ones…always alluring, Terry….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  8. victoriaaphotography

    What a glorious view – you’ve captured it perfectly too.

    November 30, 2012 at 2:37 am

    • It sure is, Victoria…and thank you.

      December 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  9. I wouldn’t mind a walk up that valley. Foreground ?Aspens are a picture in themselves

    December 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • I know you’d enjoy it, Andy…and yes, those Aspen are something else, aren’t they?

      December 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

  10. That is certainly a massive canyon, I love all the different colours and different areas.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Leanne…thank you.

      December 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

  11. Absolutely breathtaking!

    December 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    • It sure is, Melanie. 🙂

      December 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

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