It’s the Outdoor Time of Year

I have been a bit remiss on blogging my season of hiking this year. It is NOT because I have not been hiking. I am still hiking EVERY day. Some days are short and some days are long. I am not going to beat myself up about it, I am just going to start posting again, as I am able.

To get things started, I am posting about my journeys yesterday to eastern Utah into the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The first map below shows the journey from my house to Mirror Lake, which is the farthest point to which I traveled. The second map is a zoom in of the area of the mountains where I spent my time.

I left the house at about 5:15am and drove first to the Upper Provo Falls. I have been there before, but I never hiked upstream from the main falls. It was IMPRESSIVE! There were so many cascading falls along the way. When I turned around, there were still more to explore, but I was anxious to get to Tea Cup lake for a paddle.

One of the MANY cascading waterfalls at the Upper Provo River
This is the main waterfall at the Upper Provo Falls. It has the highest overall drop.

While the main falls is fantastic, I actually enjoyed hiking further upstream to make, what I believe are better images.

Another groovy section of the river

And yet another
This is the view looking DOWNSTREAM from the main falls. There is another good dropoff there

The three images below show a picture of my shooting the main falls on my Nikon, a photographer making slow exposure images of the falls, and a tighter shot of the main falls.

When I finished at the Upper Provo Falls, I went to Tea Cup Lake. I parked on the side of the road and unloaded my kayak. There was no one on the lake. It was about 6:45am and about 48 degrees, so I was not surprised.

My kayak awaits me as I was getting my gear together before embarking on an exclusive paddle on the lake
A wider view of the lake with the mountains in the background

From Tea Cup Lake, I drove to the Bald Mountain Pass. I did not have intentions of stopping there, but something compelled me to do so. I parked, got my jacket on, geared up and headed up the trail.

The eastern face of Bald Mountain

The pass is at 10,700 feet and the mountain peak is at 11,900 feet. When I started, I could see that there was still plenty of snow at the top and it looked as though it might impede the hike to the summit.

A lone hiker encounters the snow on the ascent to the Bald Mountain Peak.
The view looking up shortly after starting the climb.
At about 11,000 feet on the hike, snow was becoming more present, but not yet impeding the climb.
You can see a path in the snow where someone has traversed the snowy sections of the climb. I did not have any such gear.

The higher I climbed, the windier it became. I passed a couple who made it to the snowy section and turned around. They told me that the wind was crazy up there. I soon discovered that they were not telling a lie!

While I did not make it to the top this time, I will be back later in the summer to complete the trek. The good news is that I was able to see some amazing views. The first pic in this post is one of those views.

The view looking west from the turnaround point. Lots of lakes.

After completing the partial trek up Bald Mountain, I drove over the Bald Mountain Pass down into the Mirror Lake area. I decided to go to the trailhead parking lot to do a hike. There is one that goes around the lake and then there were others that journey further into the mountains. I chose the latter.

The view of Mirror Lake was descending after the pass with Hayden Peak (12,081 ft) in the background.
On the hike there were a lot of snow melt pools, streams and marshes. I found this flowers and rock in one such area.
This snow melt pond was gorgeous. That is Bald Mountain in the background.
A beautiful wildflower meadow with a snow melt pond and Hayden Peak in the background.

It was a most wonderful day in the outdoors. I had so much fun and look forward to going back, finishing the mountain and exploring new trails and lakes!

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