Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Little Cottonwood Canyon - Sunset Peak

It's been a few weeks with vacation and holidays but it was nice to get out on Monday. Two weeks ago Jer, Craig, David and Josh went up to Sunset Peak for a Monday night run. I wanted to make it up there myself. Fortunately, David was the only repeat runner this last week and agreed to take us up there again. It was a challenging trail starting at such a high elevation. However the view into Heber at the peak was great. The trail started at the upper parking lot of Alta. You could shave off a couple miles by driving up the dirt road but we parked and ran up the road to the trail head. We saw a lot of deer along the road and on the trail. A passing driver warned us of a moose and baby by the side of the road but we never saw them. David mentioned that 2 weeks ago there was a lot of snow towards the top. So much snow that they were able to slide down a fair amount off of the peak. We saw a few patches of snow but the trail was clear and mostly dry. On the way back down David took a short cut that took off a half mile of the trail back. If you stay on the trail and road both up and back it would be 8.25 miles total. I marked 2 waypoints. The first is the Brighton boundary marker the other is the peak itself.

Total Miles: 7.89
Starting Elevation: 8800
Ending Elevation: 10659
Total Ascent: 1868
Time: 1hr 45 minutes
Runners: David, Ben and Ryan
Runners same trail June 28th: Jer, Craig, David and Josh

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1 comment:

  1. Christmas Eve my friend Kelly had a group run on the Yough Trail. His company is also a two time sponsor of the Boston Harvest! Shona Stephenson Ultra Runner