We left Flaming Gorge and headed west and south to Wasatch Mountain State Park Campground.
This park is just south of Park City, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The campground is in Midway, Utah and is not easy to find with online maps, we had to drive through a couple of neighborhoods to find it! The town has a large Swedish community and lots of cute painted buildings!
The campground is in a large state park that includes a golf course, and, nearby Wasatch Mountain. The campsites are paved with full hookups and 50 amps of power, each nestled into the trees with a little stream behind. They have very nice paved patios with fire rings set down into the ground and are easy to use. The sites are nice and clean; we would certainly stay here again!
We stayed here for just 2 nights to give Barry a chance to get some work done after the Labor Day weekend. That gave me an entire day to explore the area so I headed up into the mountains! The road in the park was newly paved and an easy upward drive; my first stop was a nice lake with hiking paths around it.
Did you know that one aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism? A stand of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand. Ref: https://www.nationalforests.org/blog/tree-profile-aspen-so-much-more-than-a-tree
I continued up, turning left and right around switchbacks, driving past the park boundary and into the Park City limit where the nice road became a very rough road (due to the loads of snow and plowing in the winter). At the very top was a nice parking lot with multiple trail heads for me to choose. I picked the shortest one that lead to the summit and headed upward following a heavily trafficked gravel trail.
We had such a nice relaxing time at Wasatch, catching up on work, exploring, hiking and relaxing. We would certainly return here for a longer stay! Next stop: Tahoe!