The view from Mt Raymond

Mt Raymond is easily recognized from many locations within the Wasatch Mountains.  You might remember that there are three major canyons in the section of the Wasatch range that forms the eastern geographic boundary of Salt Lake City…Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood…from north to south…and they all lie in an east/west orientation.  Mt Raymond lies somewhat near the middle of the ridge that separates Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons.  While I had hiked around it three times and had stared at it so many more, I had never set-out to actually climb to the top of it…until the end of October of this year.  This post doesn’t highlight the hike itself…it shows what can be seen from the trail up to, and from the summit.  If you’ll click on any of the images in the gallery, you’ll be taken to a slide presentation that includes additional orientation-related commentary with most photos.

23 responses

  1. Beautiful country, Scott. How long a hike was it to the summit from the road-head?

    December 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • Hello, Andy – it is indeed beautiful, whether along the trails or up on the mountain tops…. The on-line literature reports that this is about a seven-hour, round-trip hike. I happened to take a detour from the main trail so that I could visit another minor peak that I had never seen before, so between that little detour and my requisite stops to make photos of the mountains and berries and other associated wonderfulness out there, it took me just under four hours to make it to the top. The elevation gain from trail-head to summit is reported at 3,140 ft (957 m)…and it’s a bit under 9.5 miles altogether. It makes for a nice Sunday morning hike. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

  2. Beautiful as always….have a great new years.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • Thank you very much…I wish the same for you. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

  3. Beautiful and nice presentation also ;-). Happy New Year to you Scott!

    December 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    • Thank you, Yvonne…wishing you the best for 2014, as well. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

  4. Stunningly beautiful Scott! 🙂

    December 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    • Thank you very much, Adrian. Thank you for being here, my friend. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

  5. You’re getting to be quite the mountain climber. Mt Whitney next? Then on to Denali, perhaps Everest?? Loving the sights you bring back with you. Funny how I tend to orient where you are from the peek at the Oquirrhs (and SLC).

    December 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    • You’re quite funny, dear Gunta…I think my Wasatch peaks and canyons will more than satisfy my exploring soul. I’m very happy that you enjoy the images that I bring back, also…do know that I often think of you and your love for the Oquirrhs when making and processing images of them…while you’re not actually out there hiking with me, you’re in my thoughts. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

      • Awww… how sweet to be along with you on the Oquirrhs. I do appreciate that! Hoping this coming year is full of fantastic hikes!

        January 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        • You are most welcome…and I’m looking forward to all of those hikes. 🙂

          January 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

  6. That was a worthwhile climb!

    December 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    • Indeed, it was, Allen!

      January 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

  7. May you climb to the new heights of your dream in 2014–and share them with us!

    December 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Gary…I know you’ll be there with me in spirit. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

  8. Beautiful scenes, Scott!

    December 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…the reward at the summit that accompanies the treasures along the way. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

  9. A beautiful view! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:13 am

    • Thank you very much, Shimon…and happy New Year to you, as well. 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

  10. Way up there, Scott! Very nice! I hope your year is filled with hikes and photos and love….in whatever order!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

    • Yes, indeed, Lynn…way up there. And thank you for the New Year wishes…I hope the same for you…in whatever order! 🙂

      January 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

  11. Beautiful vistas…..hard earned, no doubt……..and a joy to behold. Thanks, Scott for taking us there.

    January 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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