Van Cott Ridge - April 20, 2019

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
1,269
My family completed a nice four hour hike this morning along the northern ridge of Red Butte Canyon that I refer to as the Van Cott Ridge. The early wildflowers are finally starting to pop up here along the foothills of Salt Lake City, and the hills are now green for a short period of time from all the recent precipitation we have been getting. Temperatures were in the mid-seventies today and I thought it was a tad bit warm on our hike. It always take me a couple of hikes to get used to the warmer weather as spring moves along.

01.jpg

Common Storkbill

02.jpg

View of the summit of Mount Van Cott

03.jpg

Longstalk Spring Parsley

04.jpg

Ladybug on the trail

05.jpg

Arrow-Leaved Balsamroot

06.jpg

Yellow-eyed Cryptanth

09.jpg

On top of the ridge - at this point you can summit Mount Van Cott or head east along the ridge

10.jpg

Looking east towards the head of Red Butte Canyon

11.jpg

Spring Beauty

12.jpg

Heading into the oak

13.jpg

Looking east along the Van Cott Ridge

14.jpg

Another shot along the ridge

15.jpg

View of the southern ridge of Red Butte Canyon

15b.jpg

Lots of sign of elk along the ridge

16.jpg

Elk track in the snow

17.jpg

Lichen on the scrub oak

18.jpg

Yellow Bell

19.jpg

We're heading towards the top of this hill - the last high point along the ridge

20.jpg

One last short, steep section

21.jpg

First Mountain Mahogany that we ran into

22.jpg

Tour de Brewtah coming up in two weeks!

23.jpg

Our turn around point. The ridge drops down after this hill to the head of Dry Canyon

25.jpg

Glacier Lily

26.jpg

More Glacier Lily

27.jpg

View to the south at Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond

28.jpg

Coming down off the ridge and Mount Van Cott

29.jpg

Winter Kill on our way down.
 

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

regehr

Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2012
Messages
1,034
Nice!!! We were up in the foothills today too, and even got stormed on a bit.
 

Miya

Because I am able.
.
Joined
Dec 31, 2017
Messages
941
The way the skeleton is placed looks horrifying...
But all the flowers were very lovely and made me smile! Haha thanks for the share!
I have never seen that color lichen before. :geek:
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
1,269
Nice!!! We were up in the foothills today too, and even got stormed on a bit.
What part of the foothills were you hiking in? We got home about two hours before the storm hit - at least here in the Avenues.
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
1,269
The way the skeleton is placed looks horrifying...
But all the flowers were very lovely and made me smile! Haha thanks for the share!
I have never seen that color lichen before. :geek:
We ran into the same deer carcass one month earlier coming down the trail and it was more complete. Something had drug it further down the trail when I took this shot.
 

regehr

Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2012
Messages
1,034
What part of the foothills were you hiking in? We got home about two hours before the storm hit - at least here in the Avenues.
We did one of my favorite hikes which is to walk between 1 and 2 miles up the City Creek road and then pick a ridge to walk up, walk the old jeep road along the N ridge of City Creek, and then pick another ridge to walk down. Some of these ridges have almost-brush-free routes whereas others are poor choices. But you seldom see anyone up there and it was really perfect yesterday until the rains came in!
 

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