High Creek Lake Hike, September 15, 2012
Four Cache Hikers, Denis, Dave, Gordon and Jim (the hike leader)
went on the High Creek Lake hike. We expected a bigger
turnout, but the Top of Utah marathon and the Bridgerland Audubon
Society hawk watch hike were also going on.
The hike began at the High Creek Trailhead and followed the Mount
Naomi Peak National Recreation Trail, 5.1 miles to HIgh Creek Lake
(10.2 miles round trip, with
a 2800 foot elevation gain). The weather was perfect and the
fall foliage was surprisingly colorful for mid September.
The hike to the beaver ponds was pleasant and would have been a
good turnaround point for hikers not wanting to go all the way to
the lake (this would make for a 6.5 mile hike with about 1500 feet
of elevation). The hike from the beaver ponds was steep but
had spectacular views of Cherry Peak and High Creek canyon.
The lake was wonderfully scenic as usual. A large group of
hikers were having lunch there, on their way from Tony Grove to
the High Creek trail head. We knew people in the group, so
when they asked if their cars were still at the trailhead,
we jokingly told them that they were but one of them was covered
in graffiti! On the way down, Denis got far ahead of us and
we found him napping on a large rock in the middle of the
creek. We got off the main route to the highway on
the way home and had a very nice tour of Richmond.
(Thanks to Jim for the trip
report and photos).
High Creek Lake
Cherry Peak view
Looking north, down the South Fork of High Creek
High Creek Trailhead
Taking a nap