Mount Raymond via Bowman Fork - June 27, 2020


Dec 23, 2013
Yesterday, my family and I got an early start and hiked up Mount Raymond, using the route that heads up Bowman Fork. The wildflowers put on a show all along the trail for us, and as my daughter and I approached the summit of Raymond, we had a mountain goat on the trail that let us take some nice pictures of it, before it grew tired of us and wandered off. With it being warm down in the valley, it was a great day to be up high and enjoy the cooler temps.

Early morning sun on Grandeur Peak

Entering the wilderness in Bowman fork


Scarlet Gilia

Another shot of Grandeur Peak, to our north across Millcreek Canyon

Wasatch Beardtongue

Eastern portion of Wildcat Ridge

False Sunflower


Trail intersection sign


Conifers and Aspen

Slopes of Gobblers Knob ahead

Our destination - Mount Raymond

Manyflower Stickseed

A look down into Porter Fork

Approaching Baker Pass with Mount Raymond above


Heading up the Raymond Ridge

Mount Raymond, with the Cottonwood Ridge in the distance

A section of scrambling begins at this point

My daughter using her hands and feet, with Gobblers Knob to the east

A Mountain Goat approaches the trail just below the summit

Hmm.... humans again.

Making his way past us

The summit is above him

It would soon disappear around the mountainside

Nice shot of the Cottonwood Ridge to our south, from the summit

Wildcat Ridge, stretching out to the west of Raymond

And Gobblers Knob to the east

My daughter on the summit

Victory or Peace, whichever you prefer. @Rockskipper, is that lady throwing a rock at me? Perhaps she wants the kilt? :D Or
Maybe the pepper jack cheese stowed away in my pack?

Western Blue Clematis

Western Wallflower

A look up Big Cottonwood Canyon towards Brighton

The northwest slope of Gobblers Knob, viewed on our way down.
That woman is trying to figure out how to do the BCP salute, but can't quite get it down. Either that or she's taking a selfie of her new blue suede hiking shoes.

Love all the wildflowers and how you ID them. Very helpful. Goat TR - I mean - Great TR.
That woman is trying to figure out how to do the BCP salute, but can't quite get it down. Either that or she's taking a selfie of her new blue suede hiking shoes.

Love all the wildflowers and how you ID them. Very helpful. Goat TR - I mean - Great TR.

Of course, the BCP salute. How could I forget that. It must have been the thin air on the summit. :D

As far as the wildflowers go, I have a lot of wildflower books that I use to identify them. I believe that I have 17 total. I usually pick them up used and have been purchasing them for the last seven or eight years. I started with a couple on the wildflowers in Yellowstone (of course), and eventually moved on to the Rocky Mountains, the Sierras, the Great Basin, Pacific Northwest and such. The last two purchases have been more local: one on the Wasatch Front and a second one on the Cottonwood Canyons.

I started getting interested in the wildflowers that I was seeing while hiking or backpacking about eight years ago. I've really found it quite enjoyable to pay attention to the flowers along the trail, especially as I have gotten older and have found that my hiking pace has slowed. It gives me an excuse to be slow now. :) I'm getting a better sense of what time of year different flowers bloom, and elevation variances too. Of course, there are a lot that I still do not know, and there are some that I am continually looking up that I should have memorized by now - the Scat mind is beyond understanding. On this hike for instance, I couldn't remember the Clematis, even though I could remember the hike that I had seen it on a couple of years ago. So I had to look it up again when I got home. Also, the Jacob's-ladder threw me for a loop. I should have known it, because one of the popular routes to the top of Lone Peak, at the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, is called Jacob's-ladder, after the flower. Brain freeze on my part I guess.
Nice selection of wild flowers! Beautiful day, great views and without @regehr , no need for bush whacking this time? It's really nice, that you can get out on such great day hikes in cooler temperatures.
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