|The Moon was Beautiful low in the eastern sky|
I have been on vacation this week and with our original plan of spending two nights in Colorado canceled, I figured I could hike twice this week. Today was the first one. On the agenda was the Tibble Fork Loop hike, which I had heard a lot about, but never done.
I got up early, hoping to see the sunrise while I was up there, and actually I got up there a lot faster than I thought I would and sat back in the new Tibble Fork parking lot to try and get some pictures of the little smile of a moon that was rising in the eastern sky.
Once it started getting light, I headed over to the dam as that was where the trail head was supposed to be. I parked down below it, on the pull out area between the road and the dam. Once I crossed the dam I could see the trail, or what I believed to be the trail, heading up the side of the hill. There were a couple of spots of yellow ribbon around the base of the trail.
|I went back later and took these two pics of the trailhead when it was light.|
|Same picture, but from a distance back on the dam.|
Once on the trail I found that someone had cut trees and branches and put them across the trail.
|They had to cut down a lot of scrub oak to cover this trail.|
|I was able to get up high early enough to catch the light on nearby|
|Yep. I had come up the closed trail. Oops!|
I still wasn't sure I was on the right trail though because I hadn't really studied the map and didn't actually know the name "Mill Canyon" so it didn't really mean anything to me on the sign. I met two women coming up and they confirmed that I was on the trail that looped back. One of them was wearing something that to me looked like ranger clothing so I was a bit worried that I might get in trouble for hiking up that way I had. But there had been no badge, so I figured that her hiking clothing just kind of resembled ranger gear and that she was just another hiker.
|In the midst of peace and contentment, there are still signs of civilization.|
|You can still find pockets of color.|
|The reds are hard to come by now.|
|The next sign I saw showed me the way back to Tibble Fork where I was parked.|
|Stream crossing for motorcycles and bikes.|
|This looked like a ladder in the sky to me.|
peanut butter sandwich shortly after getting back to my vehicle and wasn't planning on eating again until I got down out of the mountains. I had promised Ann that I would get home early because I had gotten up at the crack of dawn. There are certain pleasures that only can happen as you are awaiting the sunrise, and I wanted those perks, but that would be at the expense of not staying as long into the afternoon. Part of being a caregiver.
I drove through the stream that gurgles into Silver Lake and headed up the dirt road toward Red Baldy and the other peaks up that direction.
|Looking toward Mt. Timpanogos from the Silver Flat Lake Road|
|Looking north, toward Red Baldy, etc.|
|From the road above Silver Lake Flat|
|From the trailhead parking just above Silver Lake.|
The adventure was over, but another one is just around the corner. I can't wait.
|I had a great time. Wish you were here!|