July 2010 - 72 photos

One of our favorite hikes is hiking to the top of Ben Lomond, a mountain peak located to the north of Ogden Utah. These are photos from our latest hike to Ben Lomond. Bill, Don, Judy, and I did this one on July 29th, 2010. As usual, we drove up the road from Mantua Utah to Willard Basin, then hiked up to the ridge below Willard Peak and went across the ridge to Ben Lomond. It's about 3 miles this way, and is the shortest way to reach Ben Lomond on foot, the other trails being more than 8 miles one way.

Three of us had our cameras with us, and took hundreds of photos each. I wish I could show you all the photos that we took, so many this time came out looking great. The nice sunny day and so many flowers this year, made for some fantastic pictures..

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North side of Ben Lomond Peak as seen from trail along the ridge

We walked about 6 miles according to the GPS, but the sign up there says it is 3˝ miles one way ?. We took a lot of pictures of wild flowers this time, as they were more plentiful this year than any year before. Also a lot of the pictures are of us, as I have done this hike many times. And of course there are some of mountain goats.

This year I took my small pocket camera, the Canon SX210, which has 14 megapixels and 14x optical zoom. Some full zoomed shots of the goats were blurry, and I have since started using a monopod to get better telephoto shots. Even though this camera has Image Stablilization, it isn't enough at 14x. Some of my goat pictures turned out OK, I am pretty happy with the results, considering this is just a pocket camera.

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One of the Mountain Goats we saw - Picture by Judy Watson

If you are interested in Mountain Goats, check out  
Bald Mountain, 2009  ,   Ben Lomond 2005  ,   Ben Lomond 2006   &   Willard Pk 2008

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For road map to Willard Basin , CLICK here
If you want to drive up to Willard Basin, I have included a couple of maps showing the way. I broke the map into two parts so that it can be printed. Take highway 91 east from Brigham City and get off at the exit for Mantua, (Man-ta-way), The road is marked in red on the map, but be advised, the road is a 4 wheel vehicle road only. After the first half it gets very rough. It takes more than an hour to travel it one way. Watch out for off road ATV's, as they travel this road a lot.

Update, This road was graded and improved some in 2009, and not quite as bad as it used to be.

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My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX210, 14 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and a lens going from wide angle to 14x optical zoom. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and lens assortment. Judy took some of the photos with her Canon Digital Reble Xti SLR, and assortment of lenses.

These photos are set to lower resolution and compressed 10:1 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.

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