The summer temperatures are slowly starting to dip and the evening chill necessitates my favorite flannel. Slowly the leaves are starting to change from green to orange, gold and red.
After a summer full of mountain biking, hiking, camping, and watersports, I find myself ready for all things that speak comfort, coziness, and cooler weather. Oh, and of course snow! Snowbasin Resort plays host to an orchestra of color along the mountainsides. And last weekend the aspen groves were just starting to color their edges gold. Meaning, the best is yet to come.
Below are our favorite places to enjoy the fall foliage up on the mountain at Snowbasin Resort:
1. A Scenic Ride up the Needles Gondola. Our family collected their 2016/2017 season passes early and hit the gondola. The ride became the highlight of the day, as the colors mid-mountain are spectacular. A short hike around the Cirque Loop, with an optional hike to the Ogden ridgeline, was a perfect way to stretch out the legs.
If you do not have a season pass, tickets may be purchased for $12 per adult or a family pass (2 adults/ 2 youth) for $35. Reservations for a Sunday Brunch in the Needles Lodge may be made in advance as well.
2. Hiking the Moose Loop and Maples Trail. Adjacent to the parking lots and leaving directly from the base, the Moose Loops and Maples Trails are brilliant with color this time of year and turned out to be the perfect place for our family to design their “leave bouquets.” These trails are short, with minimal elevation gain, making them perfect for kids.
3. Mountain Biking the Needles Trail. While the mid-mountain colors can be enjoyed from above on the gondola, more adventurous souls might prefer to ride amongst the quaking aspens. The Needles Trail meanders down the mountain from the Needles Lodge at the top. You may purchase a single gondola ride mountain biking pass for $18/$15 dollars.
Don't miss autumn in the Wasatch Mountains this year. Fall leaves are peaking. See you on the mountain!