Parley's Ridge - May 20, 2023

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Hard to believe that it has already been three years since I last hiked Parley's Ridge, but it has. The hike has changed a bit since the last time I did it, due to a gated community being built at what used to be the trails end. This slight inconvenience adds roughly 2.5 miles to the total distance, as you have to hoof it on the Shoreline Trail a ways to get back to the new trailhead.

My daughter and I started at the top of Emigration Canyon, about 6:45 am and headed west, first summitting Dale Peak on the eastern side of the ridge. After Dale, we made our way west towards Perkins Peak. Once we reached Perkins, we stopped and ate our lunches before continuing on. After Perkins Peak comes the scramble section of the hike, along with some bushwhacking when it wasn't exactly clear where the trail goes.

All in all, it was a good hike. It took us 8 hours and 57 minutes to complete, which included a break on Dale's Peak, lunch on Perkins Peak, and one more short break before we headed off the ridge and down to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Conditions were smoky, from the fires in Canada so visibility wasn't the best. Wildflowers were in bloom along the entire route, once again with balsamroot down low, and glacier lilies higher up. I thought that we would see more larkspur, but we only saw a few plants near our starting point, and a few more down along the Shoreline Trail.

This was a hike that featured the horny toad, so you'll get to see all the shots I took of them along our way. I think we encountered fourteen of them.

Also, the cameras we took were the Canon EOS 40D, a Canon Powershot SX730 HS, and last but not least, a Canon Powershot SD100. Now speaking of cameras, I had the 40D clipped to my day pack's shoulder strap, and I was foolish enough to not take the camera strap off, which meant that I would take two steps ahead and then one step back as the strap caught on a branch of scrub oak and pulled me back. :mad: I was cussing like a sailor before too long. :D No one ever said that I was the brightest bulb in the package. :) I thought @Rockpskipper was supposed to remind me to take the strap off, but I think she's off buying some camper or something and it probably just slipped her mind. :)

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Ready for a fine day on the ridge

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About as good a shot as I could get across Parleys Canyon with the smoky conditions, looking towards Mount Aire

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Spotted stickseed was common along the route

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As was ball-head waterleaf

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A few deer early on

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Vetch was common too

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More vetch

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The old Jeep road will lead us to the base of Dale Peak

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The road to Grandeur. :)

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The knees didn't want to cooperate on the way up to Dale

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Dale Peak ahead

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A bumble bee enjoying itself

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Larkspur - one of only a few plants that we saw

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A western tanager, with Grandeur Peak summit as a backdrop, and Mount Olympus even further in the distance

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A look back the other way through the smoke, towards Grandview Peak

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Glacier Lily

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Spring beauties

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The first of many horned lizards

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Looking back towards Little Dell Reservoir

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Another horned lizard

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More glacier lilies

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And you guessed it, more horny toads

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Approaching the summit of Dale Peak

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I think i can, I think I can. :)

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A little slippery, but no too bad

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View to the west from Dale's Peak, and the route we will be taking after a snack break on Dale.

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Time for a snack

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And a summit picture

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Low cryptantha

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Another toad

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Heading west from Dale's Peak at this point. Can see Perkins Peak towards the upper left of the image

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A normal lizard for a change

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Perkins just above

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Couldn't go long without one of these. :)

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Arrowleaf balsamroot

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Looks like an opening in the scrub oak where elk had bed down

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Perkins Peak - Let the bushwhacking begin

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The Beacon on top of Mount Wire, across Parley's Canyon, through the haze

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And what do we have here? :scatman:

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Bushwhacking to the top. I'm ready for some lunch.

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Elk scat, and nasty camera strap. :)

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Did I say earlier that I was ready for lunch? Pace has slowed to a crawl.

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The actual high point of the ridge, with Grandview beyond

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Lunch time! And you know what that means don't you? Hardtack! I had to soak this one for 22 minutes before I could enjoy it! ;)

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A visitor for lunch, a spotless lady beetle just might want some hardtack

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Perkins Peak summit shot

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The rest of the ridge to the west of Perkins, with the scrambling section ahead.

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Making our way through the scramble zone

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Scatman's pace has slowed to a snails crawl at this point

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Heading back to the top of the ridge, I think.

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Whew! the end of scrambling.

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Looking back on the scramble section

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Katie posing with Perkins next to her left arm. We've made some progress since lunch.

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A Utah violet

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Looking across Parley's Canyon again, with I-80 below and Grandeur and Church Fork
Peaks on the opposite side, and Gobbler's Knob and Mount Raymond in the far distance.

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This little guy was doing pushups on the oak branch, regulating his heat. The day was beginning to get pretty hot.

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Not out of the bushwhacking business just yet. Our fortunes were about to change for
the better though.

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Looking back on where we'd come from, with Perkins Peak in the upper center of the image and Dale Peak below it in the distance

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Service berry

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Back on trail with a miserable view of the valley below

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A view up Parley's with Mount Aire in the distance

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I know, you haven't had enough of Grandeur yet. :)

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Praying mantis egg sack perhaps?

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First paintbrush of the hike

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Ah, the Shoreline Trail below. A hot walk back up that to the Jeep for sure.

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A hillside full of arrowleaf balsamroot almost made me forget about the smoky air.

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Longleaf phlox

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Vetch

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On the Shoreline Trail with 2.5 miles to the Jeep. It felt like it was 90 degree, and looking up an unnamed draw where we were
earlier.

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Fleabane

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Pencil Point above

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More phlox

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Honeysuckle? Near trails end.

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Evening primrose

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Back at the Jeep - For @TractorDoc

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In celebration of the accomplishment, a combination pizza

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And my last Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

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Eat, drink and be merry.


The End.
 

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So smoky/hazy - wow. But your flower and animal close-ups are wonderful!

Great to see you and your daughter still on the trail together. Does she know she's famous? :)
 
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I wish you'd let me remember some of the names of all those flowers instead of hogging them all for yourself. I'm lucky to ID even a few. And it's going to be a good year for rattlers, seeing all those horny toads.

As for camera straps. I hate the darn things and always remove them, and I also grind off the Leica and Hasselblad labels on my cameras so nobody will steal them.
 
Looks like a fantastic trip. I wonder at what point was the morale no longer high?

As for camera straps. I hate the darn things and always remove them, and I also grind off the Leica and Hasselblad labels on my cameras so nobody will steal them.

Straps are the bane of a photographers existence! ;)

Bold move grinding the labels off!
 
So smoky/hazy - wow. But your flower and animal close-ups are wonderful!

Great to see you and your daughter still on the trail together. Does she know she's famous? :)

Thanks. I shared the link to my trip report with her, and she told me that she enjoyed it, and left it at that. :)
 
I wish you'd let me remember some of the names of all those flowers instead of hogging them all for yourself. I'm lucky to ID even a few. And it's going to be a good year for rattlers, seeing all those horny toads.

As for camera straps. I hate the darn things and always remove them, and I also grind off the Leica and Hasselblad labels on my cameras so nobody will steal them.

I still forget some names from time to time, but I usually remember on what hike I saw them before and can quickly look them up when I get home. I think I'm getting better at remembering more, but you know my mind only holds so much information. :)

I was a bit surprised that we didn't run into a rattler. The rocky terrain along the ridge seems like it would be perfect habitat for them. Maybe the pink kilt scared them off.

Are you going to let me borrow the Hasselblad?
 
Looks like a fantastic trip. I wonder at what point was the morale no longer high?



Straps are the bane of a photographers existence! ;)

Bold move grinding the labels off!

Morale was no longer high on the climb up to Dale I'm afraid. :D Once on the the summit it picked up a bit, and I was feeling quite chipper on the way to Perkins, but then the day started to really heat up which sapped any morale I had left in me. :scatman: It became a grinder after that point.
 
Grinding off the labels was written in a fantasy lapse of consciousness where I actually owned such cameras. LOL

I guess that means no Hasselblad to borrow? :( To hell with that camper, you need a medium format camera! And then of course, remember who your friends are. :)
 
I used to have a medium-format Pentax, but my photos got worse, not better, so I sold it. That was a real camera, unlike my Hasselblad and Leica. My best photos were shot on a Kodak Instamatic when I was a kid and didn't knew better.
 
I used to have a medium-format Pentax, but my photos got worse, not better, so I sold it. That was a real camera, unlike my Hasselblad and Leica. My best photos were shot on a Kodak Instamatic when I was a kid and didn't knew better.

I have a Pentax 67 - perhaps the MF Pentax you had? It's a beautiful camera with the 105mm lens. One of my favorite cameras! Heavy as all get out for hiking though. And the shutter slap will scare any wildlife within a 5 mile radius.

You can always go Holga or TLR to dip your feet into medium format without spending a boatload. ;) Film prices, on the other hand...hipsters have driven all those prices up.
 
I still have a Canon film camera - with film in it! I'm afraid to get it developed. It could be incriminating evidence that my past wasn't as interesting as I like to think.
 
I have a Pentax 67 - perhaps the MF Pentax you had? It's a beautiful camera with the 105mm lens. One of my favorite cameras! Heavy as all get out for hiking though. And the shutter slap will scare any wildlife within a 5 mile radius.

You can always go Holga or TLR to dip your feet into medium format without spending a boatload. ;) Film prices, on the other hand...hipsters have driven all those prices up.

I'll expect to see that Pentax 67 at rescue creek. :D
 
I still have a Canon film camera - with film in it! I'm afraid to get it developed. It could be incriminating evidence that my past wasn't as interesting as I like to think.

Time to break down and get it developed Skipper. I've got a roll of Fuji in the fridge that has 24 exposures on it that I never had developed either.
 
No, not the heavy spoon! Anything but the heavy spoon. Are you sure that you have enough horsepower to get a heavy spoon to the trailhead? I'll never make it. :D
 
Hard to believe that it has already been three years since I last hiked Parley's Ridge, but it has. The hike has changed a bit since the last time I did it, due to a gated community being built at what used to be the trails end. This slight inconvenience adds roughly 2.5 miles to the total distance, as you have to hoof it on the Shoreline Trail a ways to get back to the new trailhead.

My daughter and I started at the top of Emigration Canyon, about 6:45 am and headed west, first summitting Dale Peak on the eastern side of the ridge. After Dale, we made our way west towards Perkins Peak. Once we reached Perkins, we stopped and ate our lunches before continuing on. After Perkins Peak comes the scramble section of the hike, along with some bushwhacking when it wasn't exactly clear where the trail goes.

All in all, it was a good hike. It took us 8 hours and 57 minutes to complete, which included a break on Dale's Peak, lunch on Perkins Peak, and one more short break before we headed off the ridge and down to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Conditions were smoky, from the fires in Canada so visibility wasn't the best. Wildflowers were in bloom along the entire route, once again with balsamroot down low, and glacier lilies higher up. I thought that we would see more larkspur, but we only saw a few plants near our starting point, and a few more down along the Shoreline Trail.

This was a hike that featured the horny toad, so you'll get to see all the shots I took of them along our way. I think we encountered fourteen of them.

Also, the cameras we took were the Canon EOS 40D, a Canon Powershot SX730 HS, and last but not least, a Canon Powershot SD100. Now speaking of cameras, I had the 40D clipped to my day pack's shoulder strap, and I was foolish enough to not take the camera strap off, which meant that I would take two steps ahead and then one step back as the strap caught on a branch of scrub oak and pulled me back. :mad: I was cussing like a sailor before too long. :D No one ever said that I was the brightest bulb in the package. :) I thought @Rockpskipper was supposed to remind me to take the strap off, but I think she's off buying some camper or something and it probably just slipped her mind. :)

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Ready for a fine day on the ridge

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About as good a shot as I could get across Parleys Canyon with the smoky conditions, looking towards Mount Aire

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Spotted stickseed was common along the route

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As was ball-head waterleaf

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A few deer early on

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Vetch was common too

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More vetch

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The old Jeep road will lead us to the base of Dale Peak

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The road to Grandeur. :)

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The knees didn't want to cooperate on the way up to Dale

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Dale Peak ahead

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A bumble bee enjoying itself

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Larkspur - one of only a few plants that we saw

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A western tanager, with Grandeur Peak summit as a backdrop, and Mount Olympus even further in the distance

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A look back the other way through the smoke, towards Grandview Peak

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Glacier Lily

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Spring beauties

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The first of many horned lizards

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Looking back towards Little Dell Reservoir

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Another horned lizard

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More glacier lilies

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And you guessed it, more horny toads

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Approaching the summit of Dale Peak

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I think i can, I think I can. :)

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A little slippery, but no too bad

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View to the west from Dale's Peak, and the route we will be taking after a snack break on Dale.

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Time for a snack

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And a summit picture

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Low cryptantha

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Another toad

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Heading west from Dale's Peak at this point. Can see Perkins Peak towards the upper left of the image

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A normal lizard for a change

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Perkins just above

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Couldn't go long without one of these. :)

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Arrowleaf balsamroot

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Looks like an opening in the scrub oak where elk had bed down

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Perkins Peak - Let the bushwhacking begin

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The Beacon on top of Mount Wire, across Parley's Canyon, through the haze

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And what do we have here? :scatman:

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Bushwhacking to the top. I'm ready for some lunch.

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Elk scat, and nasty camera strap. :)

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Did I say earlier that I was ready for lunch? Pace has slowed to a crawl.

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The actual high point of the ridge, with Grandview beyond

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Lunch time! And you know what that means don't you? Hardtack! I had to soak this one for 22 minutes before I could enjoy it! ;)

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A visitor for lunch, a spotless lady beetle just might want some hardtack

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Perkins Peak summit shot

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The rest of the ridge to the west of Perkins, with the scrambling section ahead.

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Making our way through the scramble zone

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Scatman's pace has slowed to a snails crawl at this point

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Heading back to the top of the ridge, I think.

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Whew! the end of scrambling.

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Looking back on the scramble section

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Katie posing with Perkins next to her left arm. We've made some progress since lunch.

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A Utah violet

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Looking across Parley's Canyon again, with I-80 below and Grandeur and Church Fork
Peaks on the opposite side, and Gobbler's Knob and Mount Raymond in the far distance.

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This little guy was doing pushups on the oak branch, regulating his heat. The day was beginning to get pretty hot.

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Not out of the bushwhacking business just yet. Our fortunes were about to change for
the better though.

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Looking back on where we'd come from, with Perkins Peak in the upper center of the image and Dale Peak below it in the distance

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Service berry

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Back on trail with a miserable view of the valley below

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A view up Parley's with Mount Aire in the distance

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I know, you haven't had enough of Grandeur yet. :)

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Praying mantis egg sack perhaps?

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First paintbrush of the hike

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Ah, the Shoreline Trail below. A hot walk back up that to the Jeep for sure.

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A hillside full of arrowleaf balsamroot almost made me forget about the smoky air.

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Longleaf phlox

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Vetch

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On the Shoreline Trail with 2.5 miles to the Jeep. It felt like it was 90 degree, and looking up an unnamed draw where we were
earlier.

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Fleabane

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Pencil Point above

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More phlox

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Honeysuckle? Near trails end.

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Evening primrose

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Back at the Jeep - For @TractorDoc

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In celebration of the accomplishment, a combination pizza

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And my last Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

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Eat, drink and be merry.


The End.
Gingerbread….yum! Was it good?
 
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