Well it's the weekend again and that means I've been on another hike. After shooting in American Fork Canyon last night with moderate success, I decided to come back today and hike up to the Silver Lake area. I have wanted to do this hike for some time.
When I researched the hike, the app indicated that it would be a 3.4 mile hike round trip. However, it turned out that it was 3.5 miles each way with a 1,700 foot elevation change. Part of the difference is that on the way up, I took FR 10 and not the actual trail. On the way back down, I did hit some faster trails.
I really liked this hike. It was almost exactly as I hoped it would be, minus the fact that I took the longer trail on the way up. I knew I would hit a snow line when I got close, and that was correct.
When I hit the snow line, I noticed increased wind and a drop in temperature that I am sure was exacerbated by the strong wind.
It was at the snow line that the aspens became prevalent. I liked one of the aspen pix I got, but I was looking for something a bit different. However, I am anxious to make this hike again in the fall when everything will be in its full fall colorful glory.
When I arrived at the Silver Lake Reservoir, I actually crossed paths with a group of 3 people. They were beginning their journey back down. I only came across 7 people on the 7 mile trek.
There were several times on the ascent where the altitude was freaking me out. I found that it work best if I focus on the path and kept my focus about 20 to 30 feet ahead of me.
I had a goal of getting back to my car by 3p. It was a bit after 2p when I started the descent. So I had less than an hour to go about 3.5 miles. I made it to the car with 10 minutes to spare. I jogged portions of the way back down as well as I found some side trails that cut through the winding path that I took on the way up.
On my next visit, I am going to take these paths on the way back up. They are steeper, but it should make the trip up a bit f