Snowy Hike and Big Bison

Trip Start Apr 07, 2013
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Trip End Oct 07, 2013


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Flag of United States  , Utah
Sunday, October 6, 2013

After filling up on the hostels free breakfast, we set off to Big Cottonwood Canyon. This is in the mountains next to the city. The drive up was very scenic and we pulled over in a parking bay at the start of a trailhead. It was a 6 mile round trip hike to Dog Lake. We began hiking and it immediately began climbing up very steeply, but the terrain was also very icy!

The path followed a little stream for a while and kept on as a steep uphill climb, which meant we were slipping all over the place. As we got higher the compacted icy path turned to fluffy snow, over ankle deep in places. Woohoo snow! It would have been great if it hadn't got all inside my shoes making my feet cold and wet.

Another sunny day it was lovely walking through the snow covered trees, like a winter wonderland! The fall colours were beautiful with lots of oranges, reds and yellows to view through the valley as we got higher. We reached Dog Lake, where the snow was much deeper and the lake was attempting to freeze on one edge. Brr! We made our way back down, slipping and sliding even more.

Back in the car we drove through the city and out to Antelope Island on Great Salt Lake. This is a state park on the massive salt lake which is very wild and famous for its bison inhabitants. On arriving at Antelope Island near the campsite and visitor centre, we drove the only road to explore the other end. It is absolutely beautiful. The whole island is covered in a tall yellowy grass with lots of sunflower kind of plants sprouting up. The view across the perfectly still lake to the towering, snow capped mountains is stunning.

It felt a little bit like a safari as we drove along slowly trying to spot wildlife. Turns out it is extremely easy to spot bison- they are bloody huge! Like big gentle giants, they had very cuddly looking fur and big dopey faces. Pretty amazing creatures to watch, and we saw plenty- mainly further away but quite a few up close too. We also spotted some antelope, large hares and a fox-type thing.

We parked up at a trailhead for Dooly Knob, which was a climb up to the islands centre ridge. We were attacked by mosquitos a bit but otherwise was a lovely hike up up up to the top. From here we had amazing views to either side of the island, across the huge salt lake to surrounding mountain ranges. It was very peaceful.

Heading back down we made our way to the campsite (I had my first go at driving!) and pitched up before cooking some dinner. The sun was going down so we strolled across some grass to the 'beach', which was very wide and quite crusty, to the lake edge. It was a bit smelly here but the view was absolutely amazing. It was probably our best sunset yet.

The sky transformed to a rainbow of colours behind the mountains, which were all then reflected on the still lake. It was seriously beautiful. After the last of the orange glow dulled, we snuggled up in our tent and listened to some howling. I think maybe coyotes or something.
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