This was a great hike and one I'd suggest to anyone. We went up Little Cottonwood Canyon all the way to the Alta ski resort and parked a little past the fire station. from there we rode a shuttle bus up another 2.5 miles on a dirt road to the Catherine Pass trail head and proceeded with our 6+ mile hike up over Catherine Pass to the Brighton resort side of the mountain. From there we proceeded past a few lakes (Catherine, Martha, Mary) then worked our way over toward Twin Lakes, which is near most of the ski lifts for the Milicent area of Brighton. After that we worked our way along the far side of Twin Lakes and up over into Grizzly gulch and back down to the parking area. It has been a long time since we've done a day hike this long so it was quite nice despite the fact that I'm extremely out of shape and kept slowing Alene down. She's so amazing and fit.
Above Lake Catherine
Looking down on lake Martha with Lake Mary in the background
The area was littered with wild flowers (this was in late July)
Looking down on Lake Mary
Alene at Lake Mary (nice LEGS!)
Looking down at the Brighton Ski Resort
An old cabin up off the trail
Looking back at Millicent
Alene at Twin Lakes
The trail going up and over to Grizzly Gulch
A lot of old mining equipment in Grizzly Gulch
I found the wire cable from "Lost"
Jul 23, 2007
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We had a great family trip to Joes Valley a week ago. I think it's the first time the whole family has been able to be together camping. I wished it would have lasted longer.
We spent time boating (wake board/water skiing), jumping off the rock cliffs, fishing, and lounging around the campground. What a great time.
Here is the link to pictures. I'm creating a video slideshow of the trip (like Jeff did) and I'll post that later.
Joes Valley Reunion
Some of my favorite pictures: