intersection

My kind of traffic jam…Baker’s Pass, as viewed from the trail (bottom left) that leads to the summit of Mt Raymond.  This is one of the few trail junctions that I’ve found here in the Wasatch Mountains that provides so many choices for destinations.  This particular spot is approximately four miles from the nearest trail-head, so at minimum, it’s roughly midpoint for an eight-mile hike.  If you head toward the upper right, the trail leads to the top of Gobblers Knob…if you follow the one toward the upper left, the trail goes down into Bowman Fork…and if you go toward the bottom right, you could either go back down into Butler Fork…a little further and down into Mill B North…or past those two selections and head west around Mt Raymond itself and then down into Porter Fork…and there are still further options from there.

Trail intersection at Baker's Pass, Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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28 responses

  1. Dunno…. looks pretty jammed to me. No wonder red jacket can’t seem to decide which exit to take. 🙂 Personally, I’d probably stay away from that white stuff.

    January 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    • Well…I prefer to be alone on the trail, also, but don’t mind seeing someone out there in the distance. And that white stuff was likely just down on that slope a little bit, as it was in the shadows….the trail quickly gets out into the open and the remaining snow only makes a nice accent to the landscape….. 🙂

      January 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

  2. Love the photo…it says a lot about the human condition.

    January 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    • Thank you, Charlie…there’s always more, isn’t there?

      January 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

  3. If this post goes viral, they’re gonna need a traffic light there. Let’s just keep it among ourselves and under wraps.

    January 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • I couldn’t handle a light there…. 😉

      January 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

  4. He’s got a long wait for a bus…..
    Unusual viewpoint, Scott…..

    January 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    • Yes, he does, John….a very long wait. The viewpoint is from way up on the ridge…heading toward the top of Mt Raymond.

      January 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

  5. I love choices like those!

    January 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    • I’m right there with you!

      January 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

  6. Isn’t Red a fantastic colour for the Great Outdoors!? A real Bird’s Eye view.

    January 5, 2014 at 3:29 am

    • Very eye-catching, Andy…and yes, a wonderful view from up there.

      January 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

  7. Ha, I could do this commute every day!

    January 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

    • I would LOVE to do that commute every day, James!

      January 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

  8. Each trail looks well worn, and that’s a good thing!

    January 5, 2014 at 6:21 am

    • It’s usually nice company when you meet a solitary person out there…but gets kind of hectic when there is a larger group….

      January 8, 2014 at 8:08 am

  9. LB

    Scott, I can almost imagine arriving at that spot and deciding which way to go. Where were you standing when you took the shot?

    January 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    • Hello, LB – if you’ll go back four or five posts to “The View from Mt Raymond,” look at the very last photo…I was about halfway up the sharp slope that cuts down into the pines near the middle of the image.

      January 8, 2014 at 6:56 am

  10. Fabulous shot!

    January 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    • Thank you, Adrian. 🙂

      January 8, 2014 at 8:08 am

  11. Awesome! I would love to walk there!

    January 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

    • It’s a beautiful place for a walk, Yvonne….truly. 🙂

      January 8, 2014 at 8:09 am

  12. What a great point of view here and I love that pop of red! This image reminds me of that Robert Frost poem…”Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”

    January 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    • That little bit of red does add a bit to the scene, Susan…and this is a great place for contemplation, too…..

      January 9, 2014 at 6:27 am

  13. This is a very interesting photo. I think he’s lost!

    Trees grow on one side of the ridge, but not on the other. The contrast in textures is great. There is something about this perspective that fascinates me. “You” (or whoever in my imagination) is watching him and he is unaware, vulnerable, exposed. Like a bird of prey, there you are up on the ridge… There is some tension in this image that I like very much! 🙂

    January 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    • I think many of us go out there to get lost in a figurative sense, so you’re probably right, George…he may be lost…and very intentionally.

      And yes, it does appear that there are no trees growing on the right side of the ridge…but this is a peculiar place in our current era. A bit further down to the right you would find an Aspen forest…with only scattered firs or pines among them. This area is called “Mill A Basin,” so named by the pioneers and settlers of yesterday who came through and plundered the mountainsides of of their bounty in lumber-worthy trees. I’ve read that the National Forest Service came in and planted, literally, millions of trees in the late 1910s and early 1920s in an attempt to replenish the natural landscape of the area. While it’s been nearly 100 years since those efforts, and the tri-canyon area of our Wasatch Mountains is incredibly and astoundingly beautiful, we can only wonder at how it must have looked before the settlers made their mark and cleared-out what must could only have been amazing forests.

      There is a bit of tension, too, as you mentioned…the known and very obvious person in red being observed by the unknown person up on the ridge…who happens to be wearing gray and black and toting a blue backpack…yes…exposed in my own way up there, and vulnerable to the elements and the mountain…. I like your mind, George…your analysis. 🙂

      January 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  14. Wow. I would love to sit there and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

    March 7, 2014 at 4:49 am

    • It’s a real treasure to do so.

      March 12, 2014 at 7:03 am

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