I was able to make another hike with the Wasatch Mountain Club last Thursday. We ventured to Circle All Peak in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is relatively short, about 3 miles round trip, but the elevation gain is roughly 1600′.
There was lots of smoke from the wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington (pretty much the whole state of Jefferson is on fire at the moment). We briefly entered the Mount Olympus Wilderness area on this hike.
It was another great experience with the club. It was also a humbling experience as I realized how much better shape I need to be to take this hobby to the next level. Several of the hikers in this group flew up the mountain with little effort, whereas I was sucking air after about 1000′ in elevation gain. I made it though and the views were still magnificent despite all the smoke.