Grandeur Peak - January 15, 2022

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My daughter headed back to Lewis and Clark for her spring semester today, so yesterday I gave her her choice of Grandeur or Mount Olympus, and she chose Grandeur. So unfortunately, you get another Grandeur trip report.

We haven't had a storm move through in almost two weeks here in Salt Lake, so the inversion has been building up in the valley. It was nice to get above it in the sunshine for a few hours. Down in Millcreek Canyon, at the trailhead, it was 19 degrees when we started our hike, but it was 36 and beautiful at the top when we took our early lunch.

Another thing about Grandeur are the trail runners. We saw more trail runners yesterday than I have ever seen on a trail before. I think Grandeur just might be the trail runners' capital of the world. :) 30 years ago, if I did a winter hike up Grandeur, I was lucky to see two or three other people. It has become a much more popular winter trail now.

Well, here are some shots from above the inversion.

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Lots of cars at the trailhead at 8:10 am.

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In the winter time, one has to hike through the Church Fork Picnic Area to reach the official trailhead.

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Mount Raymond on the south side of Millcreek Canyon

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Scatman camouflage :) Or don't look behind the conifer branch.

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Church Fork

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A sun lit Grandeur behind the trees

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With no trees

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Upper Church Fork

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Obligatory Olympus shot

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Sunrise on Church Fork

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A reflection of Scat. I stopped to sunscreen up.

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Summit above

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Scrub oak

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Summit

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Parley's Ridge and the inversion beyond

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Hard to see, but the summit of Frary Peak, where we were last week, can be seen just above the inversion layer in the distance

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Church Fork Peak

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View to the north

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Lookout Peak

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Mahogany solitude

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A grapefruit - food of the gods. Now there is a story that I must tell. My first 14 years were spent in western North Carolina in a
little town called Asheville. While in Asheville, every Christmas, my dad's brother, who lived in Florida, would bring his family up
to stay with us for the holidays. There was one year that we had a really deep snow, so he didn't managed to make it up that year,
but when he did head north, he would always bring a large box of Florida grapefruits that were in season. They were so good! So now, when
December rolls around, I will buy two or three grapefruits for the week through the end of January, to remind me of some of my
childhood memories. This grapefruit was the last of three that I bought for the week.

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Back in the day, my mom would halve the grapefruit and we would use a serrated spoon to scope out the section halves. Now, I
eat mine like an orange instead.

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Sheer ecstacy as I eat a slice of grapefruit on the summit. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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A trail on the ridge to the northeast. What made it? A moose?

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A zoomed in view

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36 degrees at the top

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I call this Mountain Opal

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Unfortunately valley haze. Oquirrh Mountains to the west.

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Valley haze sneaking up the canyon on our way down

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Red rock

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Red rock in Church Fork

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Church Fork

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Hey, watch out for that tree. :scatman:

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Making our way through the picnic area and back to our car

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Millcreek


The End.
 

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hey I walked a portion of the N ridge of City Creek Canyon yesterday, so I think I'm in some of your photos here, as like 1% of a pixel

I thought I saw you out there. :D

How far up the ridge did you go? Did you make it to Dude Benchmark? What were the conditions like?
 

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I didn't make it quite to Dude, got kind of tired and also most times I've been to Dude in January it's waist-deep postholing along the summit ridge there (probably wouldn't have been yesterday of course). I was in short sleeves on the way up but on the ridge there was a cool breeze, I took about 30 minutes to have lunch and coffee and got pretty cold!
 

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I didn't make it quite to Dude, got kind of tired and also most times I've been to Dude in January it's waist-deep postholing along the summit ridge there (probably wouldn't have been yesterday of course). I was in short sleeves on the way up but on the ridge there was a cool breeze, I took about 30 minutes to have lunch and coffee and got pretty cold!

Good to know. Maybe a destination for next weekend. I've been thinking about a short hike up to Little Mountain also.
 

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The trail runners break trail on an amazing number of trails. I cannot run like that.
I really like that mahogany shot. It's almost as good as the reflection glasses one.

So I do not ONLY think about food, and I do not want to derail, but as one eats a grapefruit with a serrated spoon there are 4 groups.
Plain, with sugar or with salt, or wild peeps can do sugar and salt...
I really like the latter, but have also been known to be more salty.
 

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The trail runners break trail on an amazing number of trails. I cannot run like that.
I really like that mahogany shot. It's almost as good as the reflection glasses one.

So I do not ONLY think about food, and I do not want to derail, but as one eats a grapefruit with a serrated spoon there are 4 groups.
Plain, with sugar or with salt, or wild peeps can do sugar and salt...
I really like the latter, but have also been known to be more salty.

When I lived in NC, I put some sugar on my half of the grapefruit, but now I just eat the slices plain like an orange. I have never tried a grapefruit with salt. :thinking:
 
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