Pioneer Peak : 10,440
Crest Peak* : 10,316
Bumble Bees and Wildflowers
Brighton Ski Resort
Big Cottonwood Canyon
*No official name.
To get there:
There are at least 5 ways to get to Pioneer Peak:
|Ways to get there:
There are at least 5 routes to Pioneer Peak:
Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon via Catherine's Pass and Sunset Peak.
Snake Creek from Midway City
Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon via Catherine's Pass and Sunset Peak.
Brighton via 'Crest Express Lift' road from north of Pioneer Peak.
Brighton via Pioneer Peaks northern spur ridge.
This is prime time for the pollinating insects in the alpine areas.
Mr. Bumblesworth rushing franticly to get his nectar quota.
The flower contains nectar for the sole purpose of attracting bees.
A very old relationship.
Time to unload the pollen sack, Charlie.
There's only room for one bee on this bud, buddy.
Lupine wildflowers stretching their petals in the sun.
Nothing's better than laying out on a golden wildflower on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Lady Bug watching carefully for any pests, even on her day off.
Horsemint nectar feast
Lupine flowers near Lake Mary
Interesting granite... monozonite strata that has been uplifted... or just parallel cleaving.
The northern spur ridge of Pioneer Peak.
From here, you cut up the narrow hill to the left of the trail, to get to Pioneer Peak.
You always hear woodpeckers in this area.
I wonder if they ever get headaches.
From the thin ridge up to Pioneer Peak looking north toward Dog Lake,
not to be confused with the Dog Lake found between Big Cottowood and Millcreek.
They could rename this lake to Moose Lake and there would be less confusion.
Wildflower Fest 2008
Letting it bee.
Busy bumble bee filling up her pollen satchels.
Can you see her probiscus or tounge?
Is there something in her grips below?
Red Tailed Hawk
This was a very large bird, he landed right in front of me.
He was just trying to find a place to eat his kill.
You can see the remains of a squirrel in his clutches. Notice the blood on his stomache.
When he landed, he thumped it against the side of the log.
He only stayed there for about 5 seconds. I was lucky to get a picture of him.
Looking south towards the summit of Pioneer Peak.
From the summit of Pioneer Peak looking west toward Mount Wolverine.
Looking northeast toward the Uinta Mountains.
Hayden Peak, Spread Eagle Peak, Bald Mountain, Agassiz Peak, Explorer Peak.
Looking northeast toward Clayton Peak.
In the distance is Kletting Peak in the Uinta Mountains.
Looking south toward Devils Castle.
Looking west down Cottonwood Ridge.
The tall peak in the middle is Monte Cristo.
From the far left to the right, Sunrise Peak, Dromedary Peak,
and at the western end of Cottonwood Ridge is Twin Peaks.
Looking north down the Wasatch Mountains.
Lake Martha and Lake Mary in Brighton Ski Resort.
From near the summit of Pioneer Peak looking west.
Lake Mary, it should be called Mary Reservoir.
Before they built the dam (Visible on the far right), there were two lakes;
Mary and Phoebe.
Uranium ore near the top of Pioneer Peak.
There is a mine right to the left of this boulder.
This is the real color of the rock.
Looking south toward Sunset Peak.
In the background is Mount Timpanogos.
Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers.
Looking northeast toward Clayton Peak as the sun drifts below the horizon.
Thanks to Heid