Looking southeast toward Monte Cristo from Lake Blanche
Salt Lake City, Utah
Snowbird Ski Resort
2.5 miles / 3 hours one way
2,492 feet elevation gain
Mount Superior : 11,040'
Monte Cristo : 11,132'
The air was filled with smoke from wildfires, and it was
difficult to take pictures. I had hoped to get some telephoto
shots of the Uintas, but you could barely see outside the
Looking northeast toward Monte Cristo from Lone Peak
This hike can either cure your fear of heights, or create
them, it's a knife-edge walk across the precarious spine of
the Cottonwood Ridge. Some people think this is the most extreme
hike in the Wasatch. Not that it's hard to do, just that if
you slip, pull out a loose rock, or take the wrong route,
you might not be walking so good for a while.
Flagstaff Peak 10,530'
Flagstaff mine is visible in the middle of the mountain,
at the top of the orange rock scree.
Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort
Looking north down the glacier carved floor of Cardiff Canyon toward
Kessler Peak on the right.
Reed and Benson Ridge Knob
Approaching Black Knob, this isn't a peak,
from the top of this, it continues up to Mount Superior
Looking southeast over he white and gray limestone Hell Gate Cliffs.
Collins Gulch is visible with the zig-zag road climbing up it. Albion Basin sits in the distance below
Clayton Peak and Devil's Castle
are visible in the background.
Reed and Benson Ridge
Cardiff Fork, Mill D South
This mountain goat was just trying
to take a nap below Superior Peak
Looking east down the knife edge toward Flagstaff Peak.
This isn't any easy trail for the faint of heart.
I think they should change the name of the peak to Darwin Peak.
There are many loose, balanced rocks waiting for you to put your weight
Through the thick smoke looking north toward Mount Olympus and Wildcat
Ridge in the distance.
The jagged ridge in the foreground is the connector ridge from Superior
Looking north down the east avalance path,
or drainage to the Lake Blanche area.
See the little lake at the end? it's unnamed and usually not found
This is between Superior Peak and Monte Cristo
Looking west up to the summit of Monte Cristo
Cottonwood Ridge, the first four of these peaks are unnamed.
At the end are Dromedary, Sunrise and Twin Peaks (Broad's Fork)
Storm Mountain is visible as the small mound on the right below Twin
Looking over the side of Mount Superior towards Albion Basin.
This is one of the better examples of some of the sediment layering
found throughout the Wasatch.
The dark redish rock is a type of shale and the lighter rock is quartzite.
Devil's Castle, The Sugarloaf and Mount Baldy sit in the background.
The last 70 feet of Monte Cristo
Looking down the bumpy backbone of the Cottonwood Ridge.
Lone Peak in the distant middle,
with Thunder Mountain in the foreground.
Look at the filthy smoke, yuck.
Looking west toward Twin Peaks, the two tallest points on the Cottonwood
at the head of Cottonwood Ridge, with Dromedary below and in front.
Sunrise Peak, A.K.A. O'Sullivans Peak, sits off to the south of Twin
This peak is considered one of the most difficult to climb in the
It requires some rock climbing skill, but I don't think you need ropes.
Looking north toward Kessler Peak, the
that is home to God's Lawnmower and other avalanche paths in Big Cottonwood
Millvue Peak above Millcreek Canyon sits in the background.
Lake Blanche, One of the most beautiful
areas in the Wasatch.
Notice at the glacier carved quartzite.
There are two other lakes this size to the west.
Sundial Peak, which sits above Lake Blanche.
Looking south east toward Albion Basin
Devil's Castle, Sugarloaf, Mount Baldy.
The white stuff is not snow, it's limestone above Peruvian Gulch.