Too early for aspens but the pinks
are starting to show up now
In the morning, H checked the weather. The forecast of mid-morning "lightning at elevation and winds gusting to 39 m.p.h." quickly put the kibosh on my suggestion of the Superior/saddle and we scrambled to come up with a non-peak hike. We settled on the Terraces-Elbow Fork-Pipeline loop in Millcreek Canyon since the trail is not at all exposed and even on the ridge, we would be well below the surrounding peaks. We got going fairly early, hitting the trail at 7:45 a.m.
Amazingly, we saw scarcely any other people. Odd-numbered days are off-leash dog days in Millcreek Canyon and I expected (was hoping) to see lots of dogs. We saw only three, as well as seven hikers, four MTBers and three trailrunners - that's practically deserted for Millcreek! There were definitely cars at all of the popular trailheads but we couldn't figure out where the actual people were.
The flat stretch is the Pipeline Trail
It was just a quick hike (6.29 miles; 2 hours 39 minutes with stoppage time; 1,700 feet of elevation climbed) but it was clearly a wise one as the winds were already picking up as we left, with darker clouds beginning to accumulate at the peaks of the Wasatch.