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I see it everyday I go to work! And yet in all my life I’ve never actually hiked it. Bell Canyon is situated just to the south of it’s much more famous brother Little Cottonwood Canyon home to famous Ski resorts Snowbird and Alta. The trail head is on the north arm of the spur that separates the two canyons and after a few nearly flat switchbacks you find yourself crossing the spine and walking around a small bowl that leads to the canyon mouth itself where a small reservoir sits hidden just out of sight of the Salt Lake Valley, looking up the canyon you see towers of granite including the “Bells” the canyon derives its name from as it curves to the south.
I took two separate trips up the trail to get the shots for this blog post, the first trip I only went about half way to the reservoir as time was short before I had to head in to work, the second trip I made almost two full circuits of the reservoir and hiked at a very leisurely pace. Sadly I missed the peak colors by about 2 weeks, partly due to weather and partly to the season being shorter and less vibrant than usual on account of a hard hot summer that really seemed to suck the life out of the foilage this year.
9 shot HDR @1EV with a 70-300mm using the Promote Control
Some shots from my first hike…
This is the view as you cross the “spine” into the small “bowl” you can see the trail crossing over a small ridge to the right, on the other side is the reservoir.
I look forward to the spring thaw and getting a chance to really explore this place more and hopefully having a lot more water in the reservoir and streams to photograph.
As always thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you’ll be back soon as I post fast and furious this last week of 2013.