Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hike: Timp Falls

Hike #3 out of 3 using our 3 day pass to American Fork Canyon. Looks like I need to find and plan another 3 day hiking adventure.

I have lived in and visited this area of Utah since the early 90's and never realized this hike/waterfall existed. I had hiked to Stewart Falls several times and even hiked to the shelter almost to the top of Timp. 

Two shots above of what we thought at first was Timp Falls. Turns out it's just the first of what we were told after of four sets of falls. I should mention that I got a phone call not long before I got to the falls. I had a nice conversation (as always) with my long time friend Rebecca out in the middle of the woods. 

My brother hiked farther up the trail and then texted me to tell me to keep coming and that it was worth the hike. It really wasn't that much farther and was definitely worth it even though it was midday. I brought a lunch and had it on a rock near the mist.

This was hard to capture but the rocks were dripping and water was shooting off of them. This was to the left of the falls.

Beautiful. This was the 2nd set of falls. I look forward to finding the other two sets some day.

Lots of butterflies this summer. It's like they follow you around. 

You shouldn't be surprised that we took the wrong trail to the trail on the way up and the real trail on the way back. We didn't know that of course until we found this on the way back down. It's very gravelly though so the other trail we took was nicer in our opinion. This trail also goes all the way to the top of Timp.

This trail is/was paved at one time and so there is half of a paved trail in many spots making it quite the ankle twister if you aren't careful. Someone should really get rid of the old half paved sections. Otherwise this is a fabulous trail. I can't understand why I had never been before. I like it much better than Stewart Falls.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hike: Silver Lake

Hike #2 out of 3 using our 3 day pass to American Fork Canyon. I chose wisely. A similar sign was featured on the Bells Canyon Waterfall hike in Sandy.

A few of the views along the way and my shoes. This was the first hike with the real (or close to real) hiking shoes. I did all of the other hikes in a very comfortable pair of almost worn out shoes but that beats blisters. These shoes were snug so my brother told me to walk them out wet which what I did the day before and it worked out great. No blisters and a much more comfortable hike.

First arriving at the top. It wasn't that dark, just went the wrong way on the panoramic and didn't feel like fixing it.

As you can see, this was a wonderful hike to a beautiful scenic lake. I definitely recommend doing it at least once. Unfortunately there were a lot of hooks and lines everywhere (not cool) since it is apparently a great place to fish.

Love this selfie of me in front of the lake. It was just chilly enough to have to wear my new to me orange Columbia windbreaker on the way down. There was a nice breeze. Again, a beautiful evening hike. We saw several people on their way up in shorts and t-shirts. Live and learn.

I was almost to the parking lot when I met a friend. Here's a little video. I could have gotten a better one but as you see in the previous picture I had taken a selfie and so the first video was of myself and not the deer. Oops.

By the way, you park at Silver Lake Reservoir to hike to Silver Lake. Here's a pic before we left the parking lot. Then there is the scary dirt road that I didn't mention until now. Scary as in powdery not quite two lane road (somehow people can pass each other) and cliffs. Yikes. I really loved this hike but I'm not sure I can outweigh that over the road to get there. That's why I said you should do it at least once. Maybe the road won't bother you.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

HIke: Scout Falls

We decided to finally buy a pass to enter American Fork Canyon. I know, I know, it's only $6 but I just don't feel like I should have to pay to hike in my own back yard. Either way, we thought we would get our moneys worth out of it so this is Hike #1 of 3.

There isn't actually a real sign telling you were Scout Falls is but someone had taped one up on the side of the little ranger station with an arrow. Online it tells you to go to the Timpanoke trail head but there were several different trail heads leaving from that parking lot. Thank you to the person that put up the little sign. You also sign in and out on a log sheet. 

It was an actual single line trail which is very nice. Along the way there were several little waterfalls and spots where you had to cross a creek.

This was the view back over the meadow that we went around (not through). It was a very pretty hike.

I approached the falls the wrong way. I climbed up a bunch of rocks because I didn't know that the trail had turned until it was too late. Either way, it was sketchy at the top. 

 I carefully crossed over to the other side where you can get a good picture of the falls. They weren't nearly as big as I had thought from the pictures I had seen online. They were about 30ft but there wasn't much water. Good mist though.

I took a few scenic shots on the way back and saw one deer down in the meadow. It was a beautiful evening. I'd give this hike only 4 out of 5 stars because of where the trail gets a little iffy at the top. On the actual trail, which I only took on the way back (we think), there's a tangle of tree roots that you have to climb up/down. Maybe I was still on the wrong trail?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hike: Big Springs Hollow Trail

I don't have anything good to say about this hike so I will keep it short. There are several trails you see online that crisscross, it's a gravel road and a trail. I tried both and the actual trail was ten times better. As you can see, there were several signs along this trail but we never found anything that looked like a spring. I pretty much got eaten alive by horseflies (and I mean eaten alive!!!) while hiking to a construction site. Fun. We even hiked a short way past where we thought the spring was supposed to and nothing. If there is a next time it will be with the Cascade Saddle destination instead.

My little happy moment on this hike. I met this young moose. We had a nice little conversation while I tried to get a decent picture. It just watched me and twitched it's ear. I couldn't stay long because of the fly situation. Not that moving helped any.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hike: Upper Provo River Falls

Okay, so this was more of a Sunday Drive than a hike. Upper Provo River Falls is more of a walk down the short path from the parking lot. 

It was the Fourth of July weekend and we had assumed everyone was off where they needed to be already. Turns out they were and they were up by Kamas with us. It was super crowded and there was even a friend of mine there at the same time but we didn't see each other. 

Pic 1: This one was the most difficult to get without anyone in the water because people were walking across the top constantly. I'm not sure how I got the shot. 

Pic 2: I walked down the path a little farther and since the path got a little steep I think it deterred most from going down. 

Pic 3: I went over the edge and down on the rocks.

Pic 4: I just thought this tree was cute.

After the falls we drove farther up the road to Mirror Lake. We didn't take any pictures because it was also too crowded because of the holiday.

Lily Lake: It was on the way back home. There was a lake on both sides of the road and apparently this one wasn't as popular. Lily Lake was on one side of the road and Lost Lake was much larger and on the other.