Looking into Millcreek Canyon from the switchbacks
We've been having a stretch of spectacular fall weather - sunny and 70s - and Sunday was no exception. It was hot even, on all those south-facing switchbacks, and we made sure to drink lots of water, especially the folks from back east. The sky was a brilliant, cloudless blue and the trees were still clinging to their fall colors, a few pinks and oranges splashing the hillsides and groves of golden aspen standing out among the evergreens. It was also an off-leash dog day there in Millcreek Canyon so we met lots and lots of friendly, happy dogs: shi-tzus, labs, golden retrievers both young and old, a Weimaraner, a Schipperke, mutts galore and the sweetest eight-month-old pitbull puppy.
Me and my dad on the ridgeline
What I had perhaps neglected to emphasize while selling Grandeur Peak as a hike was the elevation gain: about 2,600 feet. That's a lot if you've just come from sea level the day before. My mom, who was fighting a bit of a cold, opted to hang out on the ridgeline, leaving H, my dad and me to climb the last, steep quarter-mile to the summit. At 8,299 feet high and perched right on the edge of the Wasatch Front, Grandeur Peak has great 360-degree views - Antelope Island, the Oquirrhs, the whole Salt Lake Valley, the peaks above Big Cottonwood and Emigration Canyons and the snow-capped Uintas. Our descent was smooth and quicker than our climb, although I think my folks finished their water before we were down. By the time we got back to the car, the post-hike beers felt well-deserved.
There's some fall colors for ya