Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mill Canyon Peak

Since the dry wallers were in the midst of finishing the drywall we could not work on the basement finishing project so instead we decided that we were going to get out in the mountains the enjoy the fall colors.  We decided on Mill Canyon Peak because we were led to believe that this was an easy 2.7 mile hike in each direction, the peak is above 10,000 ft and we can see it from our backyard.  We chose an 8:00 departure time from our house because it meant that we could still sleep a little and then make it up and back in time for a late lunch.  With that in mind we packed some snacks and headed to the car.  We needed gas which caused a delay and a few other delays occurred before we were able to begin our journey.  Our drive included a dirt road up to Cascade springs and then we turned on another dirt road.  We all started hiking and were excited for the hike.  It was beautiful outside and very warm.

 The views on the hike of Timpanogos are great.  The fall colors were changing and we saw aspens that were orange and yellow as well as other trees that were red.

 It was not 2.7 miles.  When we got ot 2.7 we ran out of trail and started hiking straight up the ridge.  The path was steep but we kept going... Eventually we made it to a false summit and realized that actual summit was still quite a ways away.  When we finally got to the top we had hiked 4.2 miles to the summit at 10,344 ft.  It was quite a bit more hike that we had assumed it would be and we all made it!
 At the top we ate our snacks and enjoyed the view and some sitting down time.

Even going back to the car was quite an adventure.  We tried to go straight down the mountain but it was steep and it took forever!  Also we kept finding large holes... I think they might be badger holes!  When we got to the car we were dirty and tired but accomplished!