It doesn't matter how long you live in Utah. You will have days where you are just thankful for the beauty and access of the Wasatch Range.
The Mount Olympus Wilderness is a truly remarkable place. It's right there. It starts right on the edge of the east bench and is a remarkably wild and undeveloped place. The vegetation is thick on north aspects and I saw plenty of deer, grouse, and woodpeckers today.
The Desolation Trail is aptly named. Plenty of people take it the first couple of miles, but once you climb a couple thousand vertical feet, you'll find few people.
There's still nice color out there, particularly on this side of the range. I was in Park City last weekend and was shocked at how grey everything was. Many of the aspens on the Wasatch Back dropped their leaves early this year. I've heard media reports that a fungus is responsible. Apparently it's a one-and-done thing and not a long term detriment to tree health. Let's hope so.
Gobblers Knob showed a bit of fall plumage today. There's still some aspens that haven't gone over completely yet. Maybe there will be some color remaining next weekend.
I wonder how many wilderness areas in the United States are so close to a metropolitan area of this size. We are so fortunate.
The Broads Fork Twin got a nice dusting late yesterday. It won't be long now.