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Sep 21, 2016

Buffalo Peak

Buffalo Peak is a small and obscure peak that sits between Provo's more famous Squaw Peak and Cascade Mountain.  I took my family there for an after school hike to enjoy some fall colors.  Afterwards we'd wander through what I refer to as 'Cascade Meadow', a beautiful meadow that rests under Cascade Mountain.  It is extremely popular among photographers.




Monday - September 19, 2016

After the kids got out of school, we loaded up in the car and headed up the Squaw Peak Road for 'Cascade Meadow'.  There we parked, got out, and skirted the edges of the big meadow as we followed the trail up to Buffalo Peak.

Cascade Mountain from the trail to Buffalo Peak

Cascade Mountain from the trail to Buffalo Peak

Looking southeast at Freedom Peak and Provo Peak from Buffalo Peak trail

Closing in on Buffalo Peak (left)

Once at the top of Buffalo Peak, we took a nice long rest and enjoyed the views of the Utah Valley and Utah Lake below to the west, Mount Timpanogos to the north, and Cascade Mountain to the east.

The family atop Buffalo Peak with Mount Timpanogos in the background

Everett atop Buffalo Peak with Mount Timpanogos in the background

Everett atop Buffalo Peak with Mount Timpanogos in the background

Me and my hiking buddy

Utah Lake and Utah Valley

Squaw Peak (left) and Utah Valley beyond (right)

Mount Timpanogos from Buffalo Peak

Cascade Mountain from Buffalo Peak

Looking southeast at Shingle Mill (middle right) Freedom (middle) and Provo Peaks (right)

We eventually made our way back down the mountain as many more families and other groups began to arrive to hike the same.

Raylee on the trail down

Willow, Lennox and Jess

Willow, Lennox and Jess with Provo Peak above

Maple leaf

Lennox and Jess

In a short while we were back down at the top of Cascade Meadow where we wandered down through it a bit and let the kids do a little bit of wandering and exploring on their own.  Heaps of other people were scattered about in the meadow as well with more arriving every minute it seemed.  Some were taking bridal photos, others family portraits, others just the landscape and the popping fall colors.  This little area is known to be a photographer mecca.

As shown below, I took quite a few photos myself.

Mount Timpanogos (left) and Cascade Meadow

Mount Timpanogos (left) and Cascade Meadow

Mount Timpanogos (left) and Cascade Meadow

Mount Timpanogos (left) and Cascade Meadow





It was a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon in a beautiful setting with the family.  

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Will Will lives at the footsteps of Utah's famed Wasatch Mountains. He enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, sports, running, vegetable gardening, nature, food, photography, art, and spending time with his wife and kids.

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