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Fall Foliage, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Fall Foliage, Little Cottonwood Canyon
View of Salt Lake Valley from Hidden Peak summit
View of Salt Lake Valley from Hidden Peak summit
Quaking Aspens, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Quaking Aspens, Little Cottonwood Canyon

Little Cottonwood Canyon lies along the eastern border of the Salt Lake Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Basin, roughly 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah. The canyon is a popular sightseeing destination and is a glacially carved corridor. Image File history File links Noia_64_mimetypes_shellscript. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 908 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Fall Foliage, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 908 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Fall Foliage, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 758 KB) View of Salt Lake valley from 11,000 foot summit of Hidden Peak, reached via Snowbird tram. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1712, 758 KB) View of Salt Lake valley from 11,000 foot summit of Hidden Peak, reached via Snowbird tram. ... Salt Lake Valley from space. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 919 KB) Summary Quaking Aspens, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Photo by Scott Catron, September 29, 2005 Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 919 KB) Summary Quaking Aspens, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Photo by Scott Catron, September 29, 2005 Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License... Species Populus adenopoda Populus alba Populus grandidentata Populus sieboldii Populus tremula Populus tremuloides Aspens are trees of the willow family and comprise a section of the poplar genus, Populus sect. ... Salt Lake Valley from space. ... Confectionary Company, see Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. ... Drainage map showing the Great Basin in orange Various Definitions of the Great Basin (NPS) The Great Basin is a large, arid region of the western United States. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... A glacier is a large, long-lasting river of ice that is formed on land and moves in response to gravity and undergoes internal deformation. ...

Bigtooth maple leaf, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Bigtooth maple leaf, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Albion Basin Wildflowers
Albion Basin Wildflowers
Albion Basin Wildflowers
Albion Basin Wildflowers

At the mouth of the canyon is the site where Mormon pioneers quarried massive quartz monzonite blocks to build the Salt Lake Temple. Mountain goats inhabit the surrounding mountains. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 458 pixel Image in higher resolution (1214 × 695 pixel, file size: 159 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Little Cottonwood Canyon... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 458 pixel Image in higher resolution (1214 × 695 pixel, file size: 159 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Little Cottonwood Canyon... Binomial name Acer grandidentatum Nutt. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 877 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Wildflowers of the Albion Basin, near Alta, Utah. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 877 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Wildflowers of the Albion Basin, near Alta, Utah. ... Categories: Stub | Flowers ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 808 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Wildflowers of the Albion Basin, near Alta, Utah. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 808 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Wildflowers of the Albion Basin, near Alta, Utah. ... Categories: Stub | Flowers ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Quartz monzonite is a felsic igneous rock that has an approximately equal proportion of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars. ... Salt Lake Temple is the centerpiece of the 10 acre (40,000 m²) Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Binomial name Oreamnos americanus (Blainville, 1816) The Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus), also known as the Rocky Mountain Goat, is a large hoofed mammal found only in North America. ...


Wilderness Areas are located on both sides of the steep canyon. Summer recreational activities here include rock climbing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... Car camping is camping in a tent, but nearby the car for easier access and for supply storage. ... In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape. ... Two hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest Eagle Creek hiking Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ...


The canyon is home for two of Utah's ski and summer resorts. At world class[citation needed] Snowbird, Utah's only aerial tramway carries visitors up to a panoramic view from 11,000-foot Hidden Peak. One mile further is Alta, home of the Alta Ski Area. Notorious for shootings[citation needed] in its 26 saloons during the mining days of the 1860s and 1870s, Alta died quickly, but livened up again in 1939 as the seat of Utah's first ski resort, now famous for its light abundant snow. The Albion Basin at Alta is famous for wildflowers and is one of the most photographed areas in northern Utah[citation needed]. Looking down on Snowbird ski resorts lodges in mid-June Snowbird is a locale based in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Utah. ... Alta is a town located in Salt Lake County, Utah. ... Alta Ski Area, one of the worlds premier ski resorts, is located in the Wasatch Mountains just east of Salt Lake City, Utah. ... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA is built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... St. ... Five wildflower species Penstemon strictus A wildflower (or wild flower) is a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. ...


Rock climbing in the canyon

The lower third of the canyon is strewn with quartz monzonite outcroppings, mostly consisting of smooth steep faces, some up to several hundred feet high. Local climbers informally refer to the rock as granite, which is a close relative to quartz monzonite. Quartz monzonite is a felsic igneous rock that has an approximately equal proportion of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars. ... Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ...


The earliest recorded climbing activity dates from the 1930s, when Harold Goodro put up some routes before shifting to predominantly climbing on the quartzite of Big Cottonwood Canyon and elsewhere. Many of the major routes in Little Cottonwood were established in the early 1960s by the Alpenbock Club, some in conjunction with well-known visitors including Fred Beckey, Layton Kor, and Royal Robbins. The Lowes - George Lowe, Greg Lowe, and Jeff Lowe - came to prominence through the rest of the 60s and early 70s. More recent climbers have pushed the standards to the highest levels, establishing several 5.13 routes. The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Big Cottonwood Canyon is a canyon in the Wasatch Range roughly 25 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Fred Beckey (born Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey in 1923) is a legendary American mountaineer, who has made hundreds of first ascents, more than any other North American climber ever. ... Royal Robbins (born 1935) was one of the early pioneers of American climbing. ... George Lowe is an American voice actor. ...


Access can be a problem. On the north side, the "Church Buttress" above the Mormon archives, and the Black Peeler Buttress, are on private land and not legally accessible, as are parts of the south side. This still leaves some 20-odd named buttresses and gullies available for climbing, mostly on the north side. Approaches involve parking alongside the road and hiking a short distance up through scrub oak, sometimes scrambling through fields of enormous boulders. // Genus Quercus Subgenus Quercus Typical oaks. ...


Face climbing is the predominant technique, typically using bolts and cracks for protection, but there are many notable crack climbs as well. Most routes are 2-4 pitches in length, with walkoffs involving still more scrub oak.


The highest-quality face routes are to be found on The Fin, an almost-featureless expanse high above the canyon. Its route The Dorsal Fin (5.10d) is a classic of the Wasatch; first ascended by George Lowe and Mark McQuarrie in 1965, the bolts of this four-pitch were all drilled on the lead. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Perhaps the most popular is the Gate Buttress, whose 80+ routes include the aptly-named Schoolroom (5.6), a five-pitch route requiring a wide variety of techniques, along with routes ranging up to 5.12a in difficulty. Below the buttress and near the road is the Gate Boulder, a popular gathering spot shaded by large trees.


The Pfeifferhorn is one of the highest and most enjoyable peaks to climb in the Wasatch. The view from the summit is certainly one of the best of any peak in the range. The peak is almost always climbed from the Red Pine Lake area, a ten mile roundtrip climb that gains 3,700 feet. The peak was named after Chuck Pfeiffer, a Wasatch Club leader from long ago. [1] Elevation (feet): 11326 Elevation (meters): 3452 Range: Rocky Mountains SubRange: Wasatch Range State: Utah Country: United States Continent: North America Latitude: 40. ...


Reference

  • Bret Ruckman and Stuart Ruckman, Wasatch Climbing North (Chockstone Press, 1991, ISBN 0-934641-39-0)

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Little Cottonwood Canyon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (582 words)
At the mouth of the canyon is the site where Mormon pioneers quarried massive granite blocks to build the Salt Lake Temple.
The lower third of the canyon is strewn with granite outcroppings, mostly consisting of smooth steep faces, some up to several hundred feet high.
Many of the major routes in Little Cottonwood were established in the early 1960s by the Alpenbock Club, some in conjunction with well-known visitors including Fred Beckey, Layton Kor, and Royal Robbins.
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