One day, I headed into the mountains to the east of Salt Lake City. I combined a couple of scenic drives for a nice day trip. Parts of this drive were closed until just a few weeks ago due to the snow in the high elevation. I hadn’t really made any plans on places to stop, I just figured I would stop if I saw something interesting.
I started on the Ogden River Scenic Drive, a pretty drive thru Ogden Canyon and into the mountains. Then I made my way to Mirror Lake Scenic Drive (going thru a short stretch in Wyoming to get there).
I have almost gotten used to seeing cows and horses on the road in open range territory, but this was a first for me--
The sheep were on the road when I first saw them, but they quickly scrambled up this cliff.
On the way up into the mountains, I started seeing a little snow on the ground and it got heavier the higher I went. At the summit of Mirror Lake scenic drive, the elevation is 10,687 feet.
Pictures from the road --
My first stop in the mountains was at Butterfly lake. I pulled off the road and took a few photos.
My next stop was Pass Lake, where I walked around for a few minutes.
While walking around, I found a few flowers I found interesting. I haven’t been able to identify it, but I think it is some type of lily. It looks like glacier lily, but those typically nod (flower points down) and I think the petals on this one are thinner.
Next, I headed to Mirror Lake. The road to the lake had only been open a few days and you can see why--
The intersection where I turned into the parking lot was snow covered and I slid just a little bit. I’m glad I don’t drive in snow often!!
I walked around for a bit here, but most of the trails were snow covered.
In both shots there is a canoe with 2 men. I saw them rowing through some of the snow/ice and they told me it was like being in the Titanic. They had caught 5 or 6 nice size fish.
After Mirror Lake, I thought that was probably the last of my scenic stops. But I was very happy to see a sign for Provo Falls, as I wanted to do a bit more walking since I had been driving for a while.
The first view -
I went down river and added a 3rd tier to the falls --
From North Salt Lake City I headed to Vernal, Utah. I’ll blog about that in a few days, I have to go through 100’s of pictures of petroglyphs first.