Grandview Peak - July 24, 2020

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He's back! Newly retired @Artemus had an itch to go hiking, so yesterday, we decided to tackle Grandview Peak. Now, there is nothing hard about Grandview, but it requires a full day do to the length of the approach and get back to your vehicle.

We beagn at 6:40 am from the Big Mountain Pass Trailhead, and we made our way along the Great Western Trail to Big Mountain and beyond to Swallow Rocks. At this point we left the Great Western Trail and headed east to the headwaters of City Creek Canyon and on to Grandview Peak.

On our return, we took the trail past Lookout Peak and dropped down to the Affleck Park Campground in East Canyon.

Once again wildflowers dominated the route, both coming and going. The only wildlife on the hike though were some birds and a horned lizard towards the end.

Art's phone app had us at 18 miles for the day, and as the day bore on, it became quite hot, particularly on our return.

Here's some shots of our hike.

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The trailhead at Big Mountain Pass

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The one and only @Artemus. I think he's wondering why the hell am I so slow. :)

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@Miya, I'll see your Yarrow and raise you three! :)

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Some Fleabane perhaps?

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A look across the draw at Lookout Peak

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An angelic Tree Hugger? Solid!

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Not much to the top of Big Mountain - a nice view of the Wasatch though.

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Grandview Peak is off in the distance at the center of this image. Please ignore the shadow. :)

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Looking down into Dell Canyon

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Art, heading towards Swallow Rocks (high point in the image)

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Lupine along the trail

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Tall Ragwort

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Aster

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Scatman can't read this sign. :) Leaving the Great Western Trail at this point

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Cougar Scat? What do you think?

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Showy Goldeneye

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Art, with our goal in the distance. It's only four miles as the crow flies from here I'm told.

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Sego Lily

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Getting closer! We still have to traverse the ridge around the upper City Creek Basin to reach the peak.

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Paintbrush along the ridge

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Dropping down to a saddle at upper City Creek before climbing back up to the top of the ridge.

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Looking down into upper City Creek Canyon

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@Artemus pulls a Scatman and begins bushwhacking through service berry shrubs trying to regain the trail. Ask him about this
sometime. :)

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One for @Perry, a shot north into the Morgan Valley

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Grandview Peak. The escarpment is a prominent feature that can be seen from the Salt Lake Valley, looking to the northeast.

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Hookers Onion

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Back up and onto the ridge

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Deer leg

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Not the best shot, but it's a Grouse. We saw the same bird on our way back down.

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Burro Peak on the left. The northern ridge of City Creek Canyon

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View to the east from the summit of Grandview Peak

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Looking down Cottonwood Gulch and into City Creek Canyon

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Surveying his kingdom

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Summit shot - I have been assured that is Art standing next to me.

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Coming off the summit to Fleabane along the trail

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Sort of surprised to see Columbine up here

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Tall Larkspur

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A meadow full of Horsement and Larkspur. The smell was fantastic.

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Entering Aspen on the north side of Lookout Peak

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Looking east towards the Uintas.

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Art, checking out the view.

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A Horned Lizard.

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This is where the trail pops out into Affleck Park Campground.


Once we arrived at the campground, we had to hike 0.7 miles down the road to a pullout where my Jeep was parked in order to shuttle back to Art's truck, parked at Big Mountain Pass.

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Hey hey, there was lots more Yarrow on my trip too, I just only liked that ONE haha
Awww cute little lizard!
Looks like...a sweaty day haha.
 
That looks like human scat. Please forgive the scandalous, unsubstantiated accusation, but how far were you behind Art anyway?

:roflmao: Art's fast, but he's not that fast. Of course, I could have run up there and deposited said load a couple of weeks previously? But we all know that I'm not that ambitious. :) The scat was full of fur and rather large to be from a coyote.
 
Man I hate that little sag in the ridge when the trail disappears. Just don't follow the dotted line on the quads or it's stinging nettle city!
 
Man I hate that little sag in the ridge when the trail disappears. Just don't follow the dotted line on the quads or it's stinging nettle city!

Should have known it would be you to figure out why we were bushwhacking. :thumbsup: :)
 
Should have known it would be you to figure out why we were bushwhacking. :thumbsup: :)
I'm half tempted to just bring some flagging tape next time I hike through there and do some renegade flagging. I mean, I won't, because LNT, but I kinda want to. It's an otherwise good trail but that area is just a mess.
 
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