Grandview Peak - July 24, 2020

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
1,398
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.

01.jpg

The trailhead at Big Mountain Pass

02.jpg

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

03.jpg

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

04.jpg

Some Fleabane perhaps?

05.jpg

A look across the draw at Lookout Peak

06.jpg

An angelic Tree Hugger? Solid!

07.jpg

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

08.jpg

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

09.jpg

Looking down into Dell Canyon

10.jpg

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

11.jpg

Lupine along the trail

12.jpg

Tall Ragwort

13.jpg

Aster

14.jpg

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

15.jpg

Cougar Scat? What do you think?

16.jpg

Showy Goldeneye

17.jpg

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

19.jpg

Sego Lily

20.jpg

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

21.jpg

Paintbrush along the ridge

21b.jpg

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

22.jpg

Looking down into upper City Creek Canyon

23.jpg

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

24.jpg

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

25.jpg

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

26.jpg

Hookers Onion

27.jpg

Back up and onto the ridge

28.jpg

Deer leg

29.jpg

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

30.jpg

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

31.jpg

View to the east from the summit of Grandview Peak

32.jpg

Looking down Cottonwood Gulch and into City Creek Canyon

33.jpg

Surveying his kingdom

34.jpg

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

35.jpg

Coming off the summit to Fleabane along the trail

36.jpg

Sort of surprised to see Columbine up here

37.jpg

Tall Larkspur

38.jpg

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

39.jpg

Entering Aspen on the north side of Lookout Peak

40.jpg

Looking east towards the Uintas.

41.jpg

Art, checking out the view.

42.jpg

A Horned Lizard.

43.jpg

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.

The End
 

Attachments

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Miya

Because I am able.
.
Joined
Dec 31, 2017
Messages
1,132
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.
 

McKee80

Member
.
Joined
Feb 9, 2017
Messages
180
That looks like human scat. Please forgive the scandalous, unsubstantiated accusation, but how far were you behind Art anyway?
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
1,398
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.
 

LarryBoy

Hiker Trash
.
Joined
Jan 4, 2015
Messages
1,987
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!
 

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
1,398
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: :)
 

LarryBoy

Hiker Trash
.
Joined
Jan 4, 2015
Messages
1,987
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.
 

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top