Lookout Peak - May 27, 2023

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The hike this weekend took us to the summit of Lookout Peak, which is located at the head of Emigration Canyon and Burr Fork. We began the hike at the Little Mountain Trailhead and it took us 8 hours and 57 minutes to complete the 12 miles, out and back.

At the beginning, the weather was really nice with sunny skies and 58 degrees at the trailhead. Once on the ridge, we encountered strong winds all the way to the summit. As we ate our lunches, a storm moved over the Salt Lake Valley, and it looked like it might be headed for us, but fortunately it bypassed us to the south.

The camera that I was using on the hike wasn't really conducive to taking wildflower shots, but I did my best. We ran into the usual culprits this time, with arrowleaf balsamroot abundant down low, and glacier lilies the majority at higher elevation. We did see more paintbrush on this hike than ore previous tow hikes, and milk vetch was pretty common along our route regardless of the elevation.

Now speaking of cameras, the is a property know as the @Rockskipper / @TractorDoc property that states (# of people +1) = the # of cameras a hike required to take on a hike. This property dates back to old mathematic times, and like the communitive and distributive properties cannot be questioned. :)

That being said, the following cameras made the journey:

- Fujifilm GFX 50S II
- Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
- Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
- Canon Powershot SD630

The SD630 ran out of juice on the way down from the summit.

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Getting ready to go at the trailhead

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What I refer to as the Mount Wire Ridge, on the north side of Emigration Canyon. Mount wire is the western (left)most bump
along the ridge

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Lookout Peak, which is the bump along the ridge with the two fields running off of it.

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Vetch was plentiful

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On our way to Little Mountain, which is at the upper right of the image

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I think these two might be ruining my reputation with their smiles. :)

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Passing by Little Dell Reservoir, Mountain Dell dam can be seen too, lower down the drainage, and Mount Aire dominates the
ridgeline across Parleys Canyon

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Balsamroot

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Heading up to a saddle between Little Mountain and an unnamed hill. At the saddle, one would take a right heading north to head
up to the summit of Little Mountain

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A little ever so slightly different angle of Lookout Peak

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A different looking bird that we ran into after coming down the north side of the saddle. I believe it might be a black-headed
grosbeak

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Zoomed in on Grandview Peak which is located on the north side and the headwaters of City Creek Canyon

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We took a break in this meadow, before we started heading up to the top of the ridge

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A look back towards Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond with the Little Mountain summit just below Raymond

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Still smiling. I'm ruined! :hot:

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Always follow the arrow.

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Now this is the proper facial expression to have on any Scatman lead hike or backpacking trip. We
will see if @Bob and @ImNotDedYet can follow proper protocol later this week. :D

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Groundsel

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A stream was running down the trail as we started climbing

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Spring Parsley

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A whole meadow of mules ears. This will be gorgeous in a week or two.

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A look up towards Lookout Peak. It is the left most hump (barely visible) along the ridge

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Balsamroot and Lookout - a winning combination

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A look down Killyon Canyon

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A number of switchbacks up the hillside as we approach the top of the ridge

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Katie, who is way out ahead of us, takes a picture, looking down on the old man. :scatman:

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Some larkspur

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Can you make Katie out beginning to head up the ridge? I'm almost at the top of the ridge.

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Now I'm on the ridge. :thumbsup:

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There is a horned lizard in this shot. Again, I had no ability to zoom in for a closer shot. :(

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Some snow still lingers just of the ridge. One can make out the Emigration Canyon road below

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Buttercups

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Mountain Mahogany time

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A number of hills to cross over before reaching the actual peak

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More vetch

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Katie is up ahead on the snowfield

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The aspen haven't gotten their leaves this high up yet

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A look to the north towards unnamed peak 8901

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Steep going to reach the false summit

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Storm gathering over the Salt Lake Valley

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Lookout Peak dead ahead

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Looking down on Parleys Ridge my daughter and I hiked last week.

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Katie, at the top of the false summit

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Grandview Peak across upper City Creek Canyon

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A look down City Creek Canyon with the Black Mountain Ridge on the left, Burro Peak at the far right, and the ridge that extends
from Ensign Peak east in the distance

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Katie on the summit, with the Wasatch behind

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Sheila coming off the false summit

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Summit shot before lunch. We ate quickly as the storm was getting closer

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The art of taking a picture. :)

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The wind was really picking up at this point as the storm clouds neared.

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View to the north, towards Morgan, Utah

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We donned our rain jackets for the hike down

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Yellows bells

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Paintbrush along the ridge

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Paintbrush and vetch

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Clearing up as the storm missed us to the south.

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Now the thunder heads are building up over Lookout

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Common stickseed

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The art of hiking a trail

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We stopped at the same meadow for a break on our way down. The art of eating cheese. :)

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The art of tracking a moose.

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Heading back towards the saddle which can be seen up ahead with Little Mountain on the left of it

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Death Kamas.

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Deep knee bends for the final push back to the trailhead

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Raining on Lookout now. We just caught some minor sprinkling for a few minutes

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Jaywalkers! Citizens arrest! :D

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Back at the trailhead.

Instead of posting in the what's cooking thread, I am putting it in this trip report. Sorry, I'm being lazy, or maybe I have to go mow the lawn. :thinking:

- Baked Salmon with smokehouse maple and creole spices
- Steamed cauliflower - I added some pepper after the picture was taken
- Knorr's broccoli chicken rice

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No ... ill smile to join the girls ........ you are outnumbered.
 
Katie and Shelia need to wear some brighter colors so you can see them easier while they wait on you.

I'll be wearing bright colors so you can see me easier while you wait on me. :)

Was that Co-Jack Cheese? Delicious!
 
Katie and Shelia need to wear some brighter colors so you can see them easier while they wait on you.

I'll be wearing bright colors so you can see me easier while you wait on me. :)

Was that Co-Jack Cheese? Delicious!

Who will be waiting on whom? I think you are going to wear bright colors to scare away the grizzlies! That will really make the Scatman frown. :(

Yes, Co-Jack Cheese. It was the only reason that I made it back to the trailhead. :)
 
That being said, the following cameras made the journey:

- Fujifilm GFX 50S II
- Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
- Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
- Canon Powershot SD630

The SD630 ran out of juice on the way down from the summit.
Now we know the REAL reason you carry all those cameras - you will hopefully always (maybe) have one that works since you forget to charge up the batteries. It has nothing to do with this bogus property you obviously conjured up about way back in old mathematic times (was that pre-Big Bang?).
A whole meadow of mules ears. This will be gorgeous in a week or two.
Ahem - mules ears are always gorgeous.
 
Great report. You have me doubting my fitness now.

And you're cheating on Canon?

I don't think I've ever seen any yellow bells in CO. Blues are everywhere, but yellows look fantastic.

I have RAF, so no fear on me smiling. I've had strangers try to hug me at bars and friends' children afraid of the "mad guy". My friend's response, to sooth his children's fears...that's just how his face looks.
 
Nice trip report! Yes a nice Black-headed Grosbeak. Scatman, smiling as one goes thru life is the way to be for Life is Great!
 
Now we know the REAL reason you carry all those cameras - you will hopefully always (maybe) have one that works since you forget to charge up the batteries. It has nothing to do with this bogus property you obviously conjured up about way back in old mathematic times (was that pre-Big Bang?).

Ahem - mules ears are always gorgeous.

Truth be told, Katie and Sheila were each carrying a camera on this one. And I did charge the battery the day before the hike on the SD630. I think I took about 65 pictures with it before it petered out. The battery must be getting old, or maybe it is just the user. Are you buying that? :)

I think pre-Big Bang it was +2 as far as the equation goes.

Absolutely correct on your assessment of mules ears.
 
Great report. You have me doubting my fitness now.

And you're cheating on Canon?

I don't think I've ever seen any yellow bells in CO. Blues are everywhere, but yellows look fantastic.

I have RAF, so no fear on me smiling. I've had strangers try to hug me at bars and friends' children afraid of the "mad guy". My friend's response, to sooth his children's fears...that's just how his face looks.

Fitness is not a requirement on Scat family trips.

Well, 3/4 of the cameras were Canon. That's got to count for something. :)

We'll just have to be the frowners of the group then.
 
Come Saturday, I may need you to carry a camera for me Bob. :D
Ill carry the battery...... I have new lighter camera to try out.
 
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