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On Sunday we woke up before dawn to drive down to Mount Timpanogos, the second highest peak in the Wasatch mountains (11,752'). We saw moose, a ptarmigan, mountain goats, pika, and llamas! It was a long day and my legs and feet were sore the next day, but, despite the elevation, it wasn't nearly as hard as Olympus or Pfeifferhorn.

The hike starts overlooking meadows, but you start to go up a "Grand Staircase" of plateaus. The autumnal colors were hard to capture, but really beautiful, as were the shadows the clouds made on the landscape all day.

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After climbing the "staricase" you reach the "basin." That is Timpanogos behind us. You ascend to the saddle on the right and then allong the back of the ridge, through a narrow pass in the first rise, then across the ridge to the last steep ascent.

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This is just after leaving the saddle, you can see the trail on the lower left. It was scary, but not as scary as it could be - at least it wasn't a straight drop off?

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Looking up toward the summit. There is a little hut at the top.

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Looking down from the summit on the Timpanogos glacier and Emerald Lake. Some people continue along the ridgeline and slide or ski down the glacier (when there is more snow). They are crazy people.

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We had a friend.

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On the way back down. We had plenty of time so we decided to check out Emerald Lake.

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Mountain Goats at Emerald Lake. They were introduced and have thrived up here.

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Sadly, there is not much left of the Timpanogos Glacier...

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On the way back we tried to find the 1955 wreckage of a B-25 bomber, but only found the best restroom view on earth.

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We got back to the trailhead at 7:30pm, after 12 hours of hiking, close to 20 miles, and over 4,000' elevation gain. It was probably the most scenic hike we've done here, especially the variety of scenery over the course of the hike. This was also our highest peak yet and the altitude sickness wasn't nearly as bad as I've had at lower elevations, so I think I'm finally adjusting - just in time for a trip to King's Peak (13,528') this weekend with our neighbors! It's the highest peak in Utah, and, alledgedly the hardest non-technical state high point in the United States. 

Date: 2014-09-05 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astronautical.livejournal.com
so lovely and MOUNTAIN GOATS! AND your hair was in two braids/pigtails, which is SUCH a heidi look.

Date: 2014-09-05 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brdgt.livejournal.com
You know, Heidi might have been on to something - it's the perfect hairstyle for high alpine hiking! Tied down so it doesn't blow in your face, but low on the head so you can still wear a hat to shade your face...

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