We had a most beautiful day today in Utah. Clear skies, very little haze and wonderful temps in the low 60s. I decided to take a new hike and chose the Battle Creek Trail in Pleasant Grove. The trail head was only about 7 miles from my house. The map shows the satellite imagery of where I hiked. My next trip there, I am going to try to get to Big Baldy which is marked on the map.
One of the major highlights of the hike was seeing Battle Creek Falls. I am estimating they were about 40-60 feet high. Below are some pix from a variety of angles. I tried to make a shot from the top of the falls looking down, but I freaked out. I do like the shots I have of others at the top.
Shortly after visiting the falls, I saw the scene below. I really like this picture. I like the play of the sun light, the shadows and the colors in the rocks and the green of the trees. The second version of it below, is an HDR version.
The ascent was quite steep. I was surprised how steep it was. Also, several portions of the trail were too rocky and few were very narrow with long drop offs into the canyon.
I had the pleasure of seeing some mountain goats, at least, that is what I think they were. There were plenty of views along the way. This trail is going to be one I visit and use to find some natural camping locations.
My goal for the hike was to be able to get a good shot of the Timpanogas peak and the backside of the mountain where Sundance is. I think I accomplished that goal after about 1,000 feet of ascent.
When I finally had a good view of the much higher mountains, I decided that would be my turn around point. I snapped a few pix and made my way back.
The good news is that once I turned around and started my descent, I was able to make terrific time. I always enjoy the differing views between the ascent and descent. Today was no different as I was able to capture good shots both ways.