August 15, 2010

Gobblers Knob and Mt Raymond

Mt Raymond (left) and Gobblers Knob (right) as we approached from Butler Fork. Baker Pass is the lowpoint in the saddle.

Date: August 15, 2010
Distance: ~10 miles
Vertical: ~4000 feet
Time: Under 5 hours
Peaks: Gobblers Knob (10,246 feet) and Mt Raymond (10,241 feet)
Route: Butler Fork to Baker Pass saddle, ridgeline to Gobblers, then reversed it back to the saddle and up to Mt Raymond.

The first post-JMT, post-post-JMT depression trip report! After coming home from California 3 weeks ago, Andrea and I were feeling a little lost... after a year of dreaming about the John Muir Trail, and then months of training and planning for it, we didn't really know what to do once it was over. However, a great hike today lifted the spirits. We headed up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and tagged a pair of peaks, and also scouted some awesome areas for backcountry skiing this winter.

The post-JMT depression also made me realize what a goal-oriented person I am... when I don't have something BIG somewhere on the horizon, I feel a bit disoriented and completely lack focus. The solution? Start planning the next adventures... next weekend we're heading up to the high Uintas to climb Kings Peak (the highest point in Utah) and several other 13,000 foot peaks. Over Labor Day we're planning on either heading to Wyoming (Teton Crest Trail) or Colorado (Chicago Basin 14ers). Long term, we're already thinking about a summer 2011 excursion to the Pacific Northwest to climb a bunch of Cascade volcanoes (Rainier, Adams, Hood, Shasta), and doing some backpacking in the Lake Tahoe basin region.

Here's pictures from today's hike... we heard there was a moose on the trail, and that it charged towards another group of hikers, but unfortunately we never saw it! Other than when I dislodged a rather beefy rock and sent it flying towards Andrea (she dodged it and only had a minor hand wound), it was a relatively safe hike... unusual for us, but a lot of fun.

Andrea on top of Gobblers Knob... Dromedary, Sunrise, and Twin Peaks behind her to the right.

Mt Raymond (our next target) on the lower right... the Little Cottonwood ridge to the left.

Dromedary, Sunrise, and Twin Peaks. The last time we were up there, we were climbing in lots of snow!

Some great ski terrain

Upper Big Cottonwood Canyon

Scoping out the terrain... thinking about ski season...

Mt Raymond - check out what it looks like in winter! We'll be back here to ski quite a bit...

On the summit of Mt Raymond... looking back at Gobblers Knob and the ridge

Andrea and I on Mt Raymond

Mt Olympus... Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake way down there

Looking towards Mill Creek Canyon

The Little Cottonwood Ridge

We took a "shortcut" down this super steep grassy slope

Wildflowers out in full force

Andrea making her way down

Use your imagination and picture 3 feet of snow of fresh powder on top of this!!

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