Thursday, August 2, 2012

Backpacking: Pittsburg Lake

Heinz floating in the middle of Pittsburg Lake.

To wrap up July, Heinz and I headed to Pittsburg Lake, a favorite spot of ours. Pittsburg Lake is located in American Fork Canyon or just over the the saddle and down the ridge from Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon. This is another hike where I haven't been on the official trail, so I can't say much about that. What I do know is how to take the scenic route with a little adventure on the side.

We headed up from Albion Basin where the flowers are really taking off right now.

Indian paintbrushes spring up all over the place in the high alpine mountains.

Once we made it to the saddle of Sugar Loaf Peak, we traversed over to the ridge and shuffled our way down.

We finally reach Pittsburg Lake just in time to take a dip.

 Pittsburg Lake is also pretty popular for fishing. Little brook trout are always biting. Heinz caught this little guy along with several others with only a stick and a fly. He de-barbs his fly so it won't dig in and hurt the fish as much. Catch and release.

 There is an old miner's cabin that is still standing. It's nice to know there is a back up shelter in the chance that the weather turns really nasty.

Pittsburg Lake in the morning light.

Another fun backpacking weekend - can't wait for the next.

Until next time,
Happy Trekkin'.