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…but not lonely

solitary pine on snowy hilltop

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Hiking toward Grandeur Peak…on a snowy Sunday in March….

Snow trail to Grandeur Peak Utah

Three trees on trail to Grandeur Peak Utah

Trail beneath the tree, to Grandeur Peak Utah

Clouds, trees and trail to Grandeur Peak, Utah

Clouds and ridge-line to Grandeur Peak, Utah

Trees and clouds on ridge-line to Grandeur Peak, Utah

Grandeur Peak, Utah, on a snowy Sunday in March, 2013

I have been up here six or seven times over the last couple of years, but never under conditions such as these.  The mountains had received somewhere between one and two and a half feet of new snow over the last four days…and while, yes, I am ready for true spring like the rest of us, I couldn’t believe the beauty of the snowy mountains and trees while I was out there.  So here you are, more snowy pictures from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA…I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…..


Gobbler’s Knob from afar….

This bit of bowl-shaped terrain in the distance was named “Gobblers’ Knob,” supposedly, because of the abundance of wild turkeys found in the vicinity….  I made the photo from the trail on the opposite slope heading toward Grandeur Peak in Millcreek Canyon…another part of the Wasatch Mountain range that forms the eastern border of the greater Salt Lake Valley.  ‘Twas a beautiful winter morn’.

Gobbler's Knob from afar


Sundial Peak in Winter

You might remember Sundial Peak from various posts over the summer…and into the fall…possibly from the one dedicated specifically to Lake Blanche, one of the Sister Lakes located at the end of the drainage, Mill B South, up in Big Cottonwood Canyon…tucked away in the Wasatch Mountains…just south and east of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA….  It took twice as long to get there with the deep, deep snow…even with snow-shoes…but, oh, what a reward at the end…..

Sundial Peak in Winter


Ice Climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

My older son and I noticed these ice climbers last Sunday as we were heading up the Little Cottonwood Canyon trail from the Mormon Temple Quarry near the mouth of the canyon.  While I have never participated in the sport, I have found myself up near their location on the side of the mountain when I was collecting images for the posts Life on a Rock, Scale or perspective… and Little Cottonwood Canyon Vistas.

Ice Climbers on South Wall of Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah

If you are having difficulty finding the three climbers, they are just to the right and below of the center of the above photograph…three climbers, two at the top, and one in blue toward the bottom of the icy cascade that is near the horizontal middle of the image.

Ice Climbers on Frozen Falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah

You might remember the post from December, 2011, when I shared my first encounter/discovery of ice climbers in the Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The location from I Found a Frozen Waterfall is probably another mile up into the canyon and on the same side of the mountain, or canyon wall.

Ice Climber placing anchor Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah

Ice Climbers at top and bottom of falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah

The first four images were from the beginning of our hike, shortly after 9:00 a.m. …and before the sun had made its way over the canyon walls…and the last two photos were taken at the end of the hike, close to four hours later.  While it was still an overcast day, the light had changed the appearance of the snow and canyon from the blue hues to the more gray and subdued colors that are not uncommon for our winter mountains.

Solo ice climber Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah

My son, with his more-than-slightly younger ears, could hear the climbers’ picks smacking into the icy walls, just a “tick…tick……tick” from across the hundreds of yards that separated us, the sound traveling easily in the quiet mountain air, from however many feet above us.

Solo ice climber close-up Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah


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Hello, Winter….

Snow canopy over trail