Utah is an absolutely beautiful state. We spent yesterday morning driving south to north from Zion to the Salt Lake City area. It reminded us a lot of Colorado as we drove north. The Wasatch National Forest is a few miles east of Salt Lake city, and we thought that would be a good area to spend the night.
We found a trailhead off of Big Cottonwood Canyon with a lake at the end of the trail that permitted open camping. It took us quite a while to find the Willow Lake trailhead, but we are quite happy we did. The hike was about 0.75 miles and 600 feet in elevation so perfect for a quick hike in. About a quarter mile into the hike, we ran square into a female moose in the trail. I’m not sure who was more startled, Nicole or the moose. We slowly backed down the trail and let the moose graze for about ten minutes before it moved on.
We got to the lake in about 20 minutes and set up camp pictured above. A huge aspen forest surrounded the lake. At about 11:00pm, a pack of coyotes made a kill somewhere in the canyon and spent quite awhile celebrating. At about 1:00am, our moose friend made another appearance. The moose spent about half an hour trouncing around the lake before setting down 20 feet from our tent. We were happy to see that she was gone in the morning. We started west about 8:00am and hope to be near Tahoe later this afternoon.