Good morning from Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This canyon is in the Wasatch Range in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The lake features a short hike/walk suitable for all ages and abilities and the area is well known for fishing as well as moose sightings, especially at dawn.
Speaking of moose sightings at dawn, this lady crossed the road right in front of me on my drive up to the lake. I couldn't get to my camera in time for a better pic, but what an exciting moment! I had never seen a moose before!! I actually ended up loving this picture because it captures a great sunrise over the mountains as well as giving us a good look at how the moose's funny legs work. Look at how high that back leg is lifted. This allows moose to move easily in water, deep snow, etc.
The Silver Lake Trail is flat and easy (boardwalk in some places) which makes it great for admiring the sunrise. As opposed to many hikes where I have to spend a lot of time watching the ground for hazards I could look up at the mountains most of the way.
I felt fortunate to have seen my moose on the way in. I didn't see any at the lake and was stopped by some people who were at the lake specifically to moose watch. Sadly they hadn't seen any and were very jealous of my sighting.
This trail mostly follows the lake in open areas, but briefly moves through a very quiet and cool forest. I suddenly understood why moose (considered the most solitary animal) love this densely covered habitat.
This was Hike 21 of my 52 Hike Challenge and my first in what would become my favorite hiking spot (Big Cottonwood Canyon) in the SLC area.
The stillness of the water made for some great reflection shots and really added to the peaceful feeling around this lake.
Surrounding peaks created sunrise shadows on the nearby mountains. Beautiful warm colors were everywhere. What a wonderful way to start the day.