November 16, 2009

Jones' Cabin Creek

We enjoyed sunny days and relatively mild temperatures between a snowfall the 3rd week of October and another snow in the mountains last weekend.  We took full advantage of it.
Even in the high country, snow was melted in open areas.
Red Creek Reservoir (at the bottom of the hill in above photo) was our trailhead for one of those Indian summer rides. 
We traveled up Jones Cabin Creek.  At 11AM, the water was still frozen around the edges.  All along the little creek, there are numerous signs of past beaver activity. 
I've marked a couple of old beaver dam outlines in the photo.  It's fascinating to see how a valley was sculpted as the dams silted in.  We didn't see any intact beaver dams or sign of recent activity. 
We did see a small herd of deer, though.
As we rode past this old cabin, presumably Jones' humble abode, Daisy was ready to move in.
The terrain was steep, but the horses are in good shape and had no problem.
On Red Creek Mountain's rocky ridge, we let the horses chew on some grass and take a break while the rest of us climbed to the summit. 
On top of Red Creek Mountain (10,500 ft/3200 m), Steve and Daisy admired the scenery.
 Mt. Timpanogas lies about 35 miles to the east:
And the heart of the Uinta Range is about 40 miles to the north:
We know our fall Goldilocks days are numbered, but we'll be out riding a few times a week until the snow covers the landscape for the winter.
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30 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photographs. Wonderful views, so different from our mountains but just beautiful.

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  2. beautiful photos...glad your still getting to enjoy....

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  3. Love that view down to the reservoir. Nice to still get out and ride in between the inclimate weather. I'm surprised there isn't more snow at 10,000 ft. Looks like Daisy has some work cut out for her to move in.

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  4. not much left of Jones cabin. What a spectacular view from the summit though.

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  5. Daisy don't fall off!! Perhaps she has secret dreams of a bijou kennel extension, with, if I know anything about animals, extensive snacking facilities.

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  6. What a terrific ride you've taken us on today! Your photos are marvelous as always, Janie. Bet Daisy will change her mind about moving into the cabin once the snows arrive! Mischief looks as though she's enjoying herself! In fact, you all do! Definitely enjoy while you can!

    Have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  7. Hi Janie, I know that you want to get as high as you can before winter sets in... Your views on this trip are amazing... WOW!!!!!

    Interesting to see where the beavers had been and also to see the deer. Interesting also to see the snow on the shady side at the summit.

    Thanks for taking us with you UP there. Hope you can get several more trips in before the snows get there.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. I think Utah would be hard pressed to find anyone who knows more about the coutryside and mountains than you do! Do you do any winter riding or are you all done when it snows?

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  9. Wonderful photos and landscape. It is so amazing to see a herd of deer in real life, I can see this only on photos.

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  10. What wonderful views again!!!
    So, you did not stay the night in the cabin? Needs a bit of insulation this time of year. ;)

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  11. Gorgeous photos...seeing the snow...well I guess there is just no avoiding it, it is coming here soon too. I have to wonder if this year it will make a gental entry or come in fiercly.

    Very nice.

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  12. Lovely view from the summit. Glad you're taking the time to get out before snow covers the entire area.

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  13. Hi Janie, I enjoyed this ride! Spectacular views. As soon as your blog opened, I enlarged the first shot to see the large lake...then read later. All of these are marvelous enlarged.

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  14. Janie: Just beautiful country and such a fun ride. Did your dog go into the cabin?

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  15. Oh, my such wonderful western scenery in your pics. So open. You can see for miles and miles and miles.

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  16. Your pictures from the top of the mountain are gorgeous. I really appreciate the fact that you take us along on these rides. I think Daisy will appreciate having a home with a roof once th snows come in earnest!

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  17. The scenery is glorious!

    I'm used to seeing Whitetail Deer, so the big fluffy ears of the Mule Deer crack me up.

    Beavers live in the creek bordering our property and we have had "discussions" about their construction projects from time to time. ;) I'm always impressed by the size of the trees they can drag.

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  18. Even without snow, it's COLD out there! More great scenery shots from the intrepid riders.

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  19. Glad to see your landscape is still mostly snow-free! Lovely distance shots, Janie. I wonder why the beaver have given up on Jones Cabin Creek? I saw on the news tonight that hikers had to be air-lifted from a canyon near SL - it wasn't us (thank goodness!).

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  20. Always love your posts Janie. Magnificent scenery and magnificent blue skies.

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  21. Thanks for taking us along on yet another ride. What are going to do when Winter comes?

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  22. Fantastic ride with glorious views at the very top!

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  23. Lovely shots as always. Love the post with the duct tape. Steve should write a book on its uses!

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  24. Wow, still lots of bare ground! Our snow is slowly but surely building a good base. Soon be time to sharpen those edges...

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  25. Janie, your country is amazing and how wonderful to ride and explore so many different places....a challenge with an island...just so much to see. Your photos are beautiful and so well composed. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles

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  26. I suddenly feel like I haven't been outside enough this week!

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