Category Archives: National Forest

Recent Hikes in the Canyons

Cecret Lake – Big Cottonwood Canyon – September 9th, 2015

It’s so secret they spelled it with a ‘C’. This is a very easy 1.5 mile hike up through the Albion Basin region of the Wasatch Range. The trail takes you through some ski resort areas and in the summer can include a massive display of wildflowers, but being fall, the flowers were gone for my trip. Cecret Lake is home to a special species of tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum. The locals call them “Mud Dogs” and I was lucky to get some pictures of them. Maybe those guys are the ‘secret’ to the lake?

http://utah.com/hiking/cecret-lake

Ferguson Canyon – Mill Creek Canyon – September 17, 2015

This hike is very steep and about 3.2 miles long. The vistas of SLC at the peak are worth the effort though. There are several areas for rock climbers along the trail and a few small stream crossings.

Willow Lake – Big Cottonwood Canyon – August 26, 2015

This is a 2-miler with about 600ft of elevation gain. This lake is not part of the Wasatch National Forest like most of Big Cottonwood Canyon, but instead is owned and managed by Utah Open Lands, a non-profit that buys up private land and then manages it for public use.

At the beginning of the trail our group ran into a momma-Moose and her calf. Luckily, she was very calm and allowed us to pass and take some pictures. We were all surprised to see a Moose so close to the main road.

Rattlesnake Gulch Overlook – Mill Creek Canyon – November 3rd, 2015

Late fall has come and now an evening hike has become a night hike. There won’t be many good photos from my weekday hikes until spring time comes back around.

This hike was a gradual climb with the exception of one location where trekking poles were needed to help overcome the elevation.

This hike would be great to do at night in the summertime with a Uinta 801 Pilseners in tow.  The view of SLC was phenomenal from the overlook — especially at night.