The Hike to Maple Lake

by Dr. Scott Andersen in , ,

Spring has come a bit early here in Utah and the weather for the past week has been phenomenal. We have been in the 70's and even the low 80's at times. I have taken advantage of the weather this weekend. First, I took a 30 mile bike ride into Provo Canyon on Saturday

 A view on the ride through Provo Canyon

A view on the ride through Provo Canyon

Then today (Sunday), I drove to Payson Canyon and hiked up to Maple Lake. This was a similar hike that I did over a month ago. The difference was that much of the snow has melted since then.

Remnants of snow still remained on the hike to the lake. This section barely had any snow, but there were others that were still completely snow covered.

The total distance was only 3 miles, but the elevations was quite steep during a few segments. I almost slipped at one point and fell down a 50-foot embankment.

The view of Mount Timpanogas (about 25 miles away) from the trail

I was excited to get to the top and to see Maple Lake. I had a vision of what it would look like and I was just about right. It is a small lake surrounded by trees and VERY PEACEFUL.

I enjoyed moments of complete solitude sitting on the bench, watching a few ducks, and realizing there was no one else around.

I can't wait to see what the lake looks like in the fall.

Here is a video I made with my cell phone during the hike.

When I descended back down from the lake, I noticed a very active stream with a powerful flow of water from the ongoing snow melt. Here's a couple snaps from 2 different locations.

Yours truly enjoying a quiet moment on the bench