Elevation Gain: A LOT
Time: We didn't go the whole way, so I don't know. We took about 3 hours or so.
Distance: Again I don't know, but probably about 4 or 5 miles
Overall Impression: This was DIFFICULT. It was a steep ass mo'fo, especially at the beginning for the first mile or so. But beautiful.
I don't know what was wrong with me today but I felt tired and out of shape. So it was kind of frustrating to be struggling while out hiking with our friends/Steve's colleague and his wife who are super fit! They were cool, though, and eventually I felt better, especially after the initial climb. Wow, this was steep! I didn't take any pictures of the steepest part, but this picture below will kind of give you an idea.
The views really paid off. It had snowed in early October up in the mountains so there was still some evidence of that dump. We didn't have to walk through any snow, luckily, and it wasn't too cold either.
The views were stunning! We could see the reds in the lower mountains below us, and the yellows surrounding us. I don't know the names of the trees yet but our friends knew and told us all about it. I forget everything I learned. I'm a bad source of information. All I can tell you is that it was so pretty! Look below for evidence!
We brought Einstein's Brother's bagels up the mountain with us for lunch. Bagels are the one thing I've been missing from home. Bagels and bread. Why is the bread in grocery stores here so NOT delicious? I don't get it. I've been disappointed almost every single time. We bought a couple of delicious loaves from the Farmers' Market but that's pretty much done now. Anyway, Einstein's was quite good actually, despite the fact that it's a chain, and we'll probably be visiting it regularly to fulfill our bagel-loving ways, at least until we find a better alternative.
It was beautiful. I love the Wasatch in the Fall! Watch out for that first mile or so - it's a doozy!