|Fall colors are making their appearance in the mountains.|
On Labor Day, Matt and I did another twofer. We hiked two trails along Big Cottonwood Road. Our first trail was to Willow Lake. Matt parked the car on the main road. We walked 0.2 miles up a side-road that leads to private cabins. Where the pavement ends, the trail begins. This trail is not well marked so not many people hike here. But we did meet four separate groups along the way. I asked a hiker with a magnifying lens dangling from her neck if she is a botanist. She was so helpful. After my description of the red flowers, she said it was scarlet gilia or Ipomopsis. It made my day finding out what this plant was.
GPS coordinates for Willow Heights trail from Google maps: 40.633046,-111.607289
|skiing slopes on the mountain|
|The insects that infested this trunk are quite artistic with their boring. I see a mountain landscape.|
|scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)|
|aspen tree trunks|
My imagination scares me sometimes. These aspen trunks where the branches had came off look like eyes.
|The same skiing slope but taken from a different spot along the trail. You can see the ski lift now.|
|Tightening my shoelaces before descending.|