Grandeur Peak Loop - June 19, 2024

scatman

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I had read that they recently had completed the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from the Pipeline Overlook back to the West Slope Trailhead for Grandeur Peak. Since I had the 19th off from work, I decided that I would check it out for myself.

I got an early 6:30 am start and headed up the west ridge to the summit of Grandeur. Once on top, I took some time to take some pictures and eat a snack. I then proceeded down the Church Fork Trail until I reached the intersection with the Pipeline Trail where I stopped and had lunch. After getting a bite to eat, I headed west along the Pipeline Trail all the way to the Pipeline Overlook. At the overlook, I took another break and enjoyed views of the Salt Lake Valley. I then verified that the new shoreline trail does indeed exist, and I took it back north to the Subaru waiting for me at the trailhead. Total loop distance is approximately 12 miles, with and additional mile added from the old trail due to all the switchbacks on the new section of the Shoreline Trail.

This report will have a lot of pictures of wildflowers, some good, some bad. It's definitely the right time to be on Grandeur if you like wildflowers, particularly in the Church Fork Drainage, but even the West Slope and the Pipeline Trail had impressive numbers of wildflowers still at their peak.

I loaded up my pack to 24 pounds to get some weight on my back hoping to get some training for my backpacking trips later this summer.

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Overview map - this shows the old trail that heads northwest back to the trailhead and not the new Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I'll have to work on getting that on the map. :)

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The Sube at 6:30 am.

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This is encouraging. I guess it must be there.

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View of Grandeur from the west at the West Slope Trailhead

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Sunrise on Mount Olympus to the south. I might be attempting Olympus with my son next Friday.

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Sunrise on Stansbury Island to the west

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REI down below on 3300 South. It will come into play later in my report

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Vetch

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Parleys Ridge to the north

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A piece of the Dragon's Tail to the south, which is another route (the best in my book) up Grandeur

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Evening primrose

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Penstemons - The mule ears down low were pretty beaten up. They improved the higher I got on the western side of Grandeur

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A steep ascent on the west side - roughly 3300 feet in two miles - even the switchbacks
don't offer a lot of relief for my old knees. :)

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The eastern end of the Dragon's Tail

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A nice thin layer of green shale paralleled the trail for a short distance

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A bumblebee enjoying a flowering thistle

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Hookers onions were plentiful throughout the hike

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Biscuitroot

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A dead mountain mahogany

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Hawksbeard

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The sun has finally caught me and this lone mountain Mahogany with the Dragon's Tail in the background

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Grandview Peak to the north in the far distance. Lookout Peak is at the far upper left of the image too.

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Perkins Peak on Parleys Ridge

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Dale Peak on Parleys Ridge

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Wasatch Beardtongue

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Wild rose

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Mule ears

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Grandeur summit ahead

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More Wasatch beardtongue

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Larkspur

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Slope full of mule ears

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Sticky geranium

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Horsemint

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American Vetch

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Mad it to the top

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View of Olympus from the Grandeur summit

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Triangle Peak across Millcreek Canyon - Lone Peak in the far distance

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Mount Raymond

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Gobblers Knob

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Church Fork Peak, with Mount Aire just beyond to the east along the Millcreek Ridge

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Scat summit shot with my sandbell to help weight down my pack

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Deseret Peak way off to the west over the Oquirrh Mountains

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Another shot of Deseret Peak taken with my 75-300 zoom lens and a 1.4X teleconverter. I had to manually focus this one.

More shots with the zoom and teleconverter

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Lone Peak. In the foreground is the knifes edge ridge between Mount Olympus and Triangle Peak

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Triangle Peak

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The yurt on Church Fork Peak

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Downtown Salt Lake City

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This one is for @Janice - University of Utah, taken with just the 75-300 mm zoom lens

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View up Millcreek Canyon

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Sticky geraniums - Moving down into the Church Fork Drainage now. The wildflowers were tremendous in the drainage.

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Yellow salsify

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Lewis Flax

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More roses

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Skyrocket

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Choke cherry and California ninebark - I remembered ninebark this time @Ugly. :thumbsup:

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Groundsel

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More skyrocket

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Forget-me-nots

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View down the Church Fork Drainage

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Phacelia

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Common yarrow

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View of Grandeur peak from the Church Fork Trail

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Globemallow

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Cinquefoil

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Solomon's seal

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Ninebark

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Lunch time at the junction of the Church Fork Trail and the Pipeline Trail

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Hound's tongue

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Workhorses for this hike

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View back up Millcreek Canyon from the Pipeline Tail

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Penstemons on the Pipeline Trail

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View across Millcreek Canyon

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I guess this is why they call it the Pipeline Trail. :)

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Grasshopper

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Looking up at the summit of Grandeur from Scout Hollow

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Views across the canyon

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The Pipeline Trail becomes more exposed the further west you go on it

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The switchbacks up Rattlesnake Gulch

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Trail intersection sign

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More onions

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Fleabane

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Toadflax

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Forest Service Boundary

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My old friend Olympus reappears

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Last view up Millcreek

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View of the switchbacks of the new section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail as seen from the Pipeline Overlook. The old trail went
by the two water tanks at the lower left of the image

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My last break at the overlook

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The new Shoreline Trail, with Grandeur Peak above

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Ran into this green caterpillar on the trail

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Grand collomia

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The old trail down below

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Coming back around to the Dragon's Tail

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Aargh! E-bike! I almost went full grizzly again @Rockskipper! Hate 'em!

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Shoreline Trail heading towards the West Slope Trailhead

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Spider Milkweed

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Dropping down to the trailhead

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Looking back up at Grandeur in the afternoon this time

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Back at the Sube

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Stopped by REI on the way home to recycle some bicycle innertubes and to pick up @TractorDoc a fuel canister for his backpacking
stove. Hopefully he will whip me up some buckwheat pancakes in the backcountry while using it. :D


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Grasshopper, when you can run up those switchbacks in you pics .... You will be ready for the ones at deer creek......
 
12 miles is great! that is not just recovery, but pretty much recover-ed-ed.
(All depending on how you feel)
It looks like a very nice midweek hike, and up that face of Grandeur is no joke. I would have deducted 5% of my praise if you had done the loop counter-clockwise, but only because then you would have summitted after the miles going up to Church Fork. If you had started at Church Fork it would have been a 25% deduction ;)

I did not know that globemallows were also purple, but I see it now. I also think that I might remember Ninebark next time, but no guarantees.

Also, any reptilia? or ungulates?
 
Nice writeup Hugh!

I think my favorite flower is the beardtongue. Hound's tongue might be a close second.

I hope REI did not tell you to get me the giant fuel cannister for Hidden Creek! :)
 
Grasshopper, when you can run up those switchbacks in you pics .... You will be ready for the ones at deer creek......

If I had run up those switchbacks, I'd still be facedown at the top of them. :)
 
12 miles is great! that is not just recovery, but pretty much recover-ed-ed.
(All depending on how you feel)
It looks like a very nice midweek hike, and up that face of Grandeur is no joke. I would have deducted 5% of my praise if you had done the loop counter-clockwise, but only because then you would have summitted after the miles going up to Church Fork. If you had started at Church Fork it would have been a 25% deduction ;)

I did not know that globemallows were also purple, but I see it now. I also think that I might remember Ninebark next time, but no guarantees.

Also, any reptilia? or ungulates?

Counter-clockwise is not allowed. :)

I saw five lizards, but was only quick enough to get a picture of one of them. I was really hoping to extend my rattlesnake streak to two hikes in a row, but that didn't happen. :(

No ungulates.

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And I forgot to mention that I saw I few of these

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Nice writeup Hugh!

I think my favorite flower is the beardtongue. Hound's tongue might be a close second.

I hope REI did not tell you to get me the giant fuel cannister for Hidden Creek! :)

I got you the medium canister. You'll use half of it making my pancakes! :D
 
Aargh! E-bike! I almost went full grizzly again @Rockskipper! Hate 'em!
I think you should go full grizz while someone records it. It would make a really interesting future post, plus a good scientific study on humans imitating Ursus horribilis or some such thing (but skip the afterwards What's Cooking post).
 
I think you should go full grizz while someone records it. It would make a really interesting future post, plus a good scientific study on humans imitating Ursus horribilis or some such thing (but skip the afterwards What's Cooking post).

Who could we get to record it?
 
A videographer grizzly bear or else maybe @Bob.

I'll have @Bob carry around the 12 pound 1D Mark IV with him then. I know he will enjoy that. :D It should take some good video though. I think I'm at my maximum grizzly between 60 and 65 degrees. It will decrease the warmer it gets. Anything above 90 degrees and it is a no go. :scatman:
 
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