Bob's Follies Training Part IV - Church Fork Peak - July 4, 2024

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Less than a month away from the Hidden Creek trip, so Sheila and I made our way up Burch Hollow then followed the Millcreek Ridge west to Church Fork Peak. Horsemint was the dominant wildflower on this hike as most of the others have already peaked. While hiking across the ridge I think we ran into some mountain lion scat. We had the summit of Church Fork Peak all to ourselves.

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Made it to the trailhead around 6:30 am. There was already quite a few cars at the lot.

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Diamond clarkia

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Showy goldeneye

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Hookers onion

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Nipplewort

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Streambank globemallow

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Looking west at the mouth of Millcreek Canyon

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Time to start climbing up the hollow

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Fleabane

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Horsemint

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Western wallflower

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Lewis flax

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View across Millcreek Canyon

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Two different bumblebees on horsemint

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Lupine

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Grand collomia

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Common yarrow

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Western ridge of Burch Hollow. We will make our way across this ridge to reach Church Fork Peak

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Skyrocket

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Wasatch beardtongue

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Getting close to the top of Burch Hollow

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Enjoying the view at the top of the hollow

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Me and Olympus (above my head)

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Ninebark

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Sticky geranium

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Looking north from the ridgeline

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A little bit of bushwhacking when we lost the elk trail. Good training for @Bob 's big adventure. :)

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False sunflower

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Zoomed in on Church Fork Peak to the west of us.

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Wasatch beardtongue

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Cougar scat? Calling @Outdoor_Fool . That is a 77mm lens cap.

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More false sunflowers

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A yurt ahead

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And a sniff of Grandeur Peak to the west

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Where I was last week - Mount Olympus

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Yellows salsify

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Jacobs ladder and a yellowjacket

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This grouse scared the hell out of us just before we reached the yurt. On our way back down if got aggressive protecting its young.
Grouse vs. Scatman 10 round bout. The grouse took the first three rounds, but it was all Scatman after that. :)

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Sticky starwort

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More jacob's ladder

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Arriving at the yurt

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She had to peek inside. :)

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Arriving at the summit of Church Fork Peak

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With Grandeur Peak in the background

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Stonecrop

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Olympus and Grandeur

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Lunch time

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A slice of habanero jack

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Zoomed in on the summit of Grandeur with the Oquirrhs beyond and the Stansbury Range in the far distance

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Summit shot

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I wonder how long it would take me to reach Grandeur from here? :thinking:

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Butterfly on top

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More lewis flax at the summit

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On our way back down with the eastern slopes of Burch Hollow visible, along with (L-R) Mount Aire, Unnamed Peak 8490, and
Millvue Peak

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View up Porter Fork towards Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond

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More skyrocket

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Columbine

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Still making our way back along the north ridge of Burch Hollow, with Mount Aire beyond

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Wild rose

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Lizard

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Sego lily

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View down Burch Hollow with Wildcat Ridge across the way

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Curved rock formation on the eastern slope of Burch Hollow

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Looks like the trail leads to Mount Raymond

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Back on the Pipeline Trail, looking up at Burch Hollow

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More common yarrow on the Pipeline Trail

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View up Millcreek Canyon

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The workhorses for this hike - Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and the Canon EOS 1D (Classic). I thought the 1D took better pictures
than the 7D @Rockskipper. The 1D is only a 4.2 megapixel sensor.

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Mileage sign at trail junction

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Back at the Sube.


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No yurt at the top of Deer Creek......
 
The workhorses for this hike - Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and the Canon EOS 1D (Classic). I thought the 1D took better pictures
than the 7D @Rockskipper. The 1D is only a 4.2 megapixel sensor.
It's the size of the megapixels that counts most.
 
Wonderful photos, especially the wildflowers which I always love. During fireworks last night, I commented to my husband that one of them seemed new and looked like thick white flowers moving in the wind. Your horsemint is the one!
 
Since most of my photos go on the walls of airport terminals in big cities, I don't ever crop anything.

ETA: I take that back. I did crop a photo once that accidentally had a guy in a bikini in it. :)

Hopefully you cropped the head out of the image?
 
I dunno, now that I'm thinking of it, that photo uncropped might be a big hit on the wall of a terminal somewhere...like maybe the one in Tuktoyaktuk?
 
Many artists have not been appreciated in their present. . . who knows what the future might hold for the bikini clad Scatman.

A combination of expressionism, impressionism, and savage photogenicity might just be what future generations look for in their hubs of international transport.

@Rockskipper should come up with a name for this piece of work. "The Timeless Art of Seduction" is already taken I think. :)
 
@scatman certainly could be lion. Did you see bone fragments or hair? Could also be coyote. Or chupacabra even.

Yes there was hair in it. I didn't check for bone fragments. I need to remember to do that next time. It seemed too large for coyote, unless there is an extremely large one roaming the ridgeline.
 
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