|Great Basin National Park|
We realized that arriving in any developed recreation area on Labor Day weekend would pose a problem for finding camping, but Great Basin tends to be a quiet national park. The secret is out, though, and we arrived to find all of the main campgrounds full. Our backup plan was to try the primitive camping sites available along Strawberry Creek, and much to my surprise, several spots were still available. The dirt road was well maintained and the sites were perfect, offering much more space and privacy than many of the campsites within the main part of the park. The main disadvantage to camping in Strawberry Creek was being far from the visitor center and main attractions of the park. Roger and I had both hiked to Wheeler Peak and the Bristlecone Pines on previous trips, so we were happy to have a great camping spot to relax and enjoy a less visited spot in Great Basin.
|Camping at Strawberry Creek|
|Roger setting up his hammock|
|Flowering rubber rabbitbrush|
|Walking along Strawberry Creek|
|Rose hips along Strawberry Creek|
Snake Creek Canyon road opened for Labor Day weekend after being closed for several months for improvements. Since Roger and I had never been to that area of the park, we decided to spend Sunday hiking to Johnson Lake from the trailhead at the end of the road. The hike offered great views of Snake Creek Canyon as it passed through aspen groves and towering pine trees on the way to the alpine lake. Nearing the end of the trail, we passed the historic Johnson Lake mill and several well-preserved cabins that were built between 1912 and 1935 to mine Tungsten. We ended our hike at Johnson Lake where we enjoyed spectacular views and solitude.
|Hiking to Johnson Lake|
|Snake Creek Canyon|
|Johnson Lake Mill|
|Johnson Lake cabin|
|Feeling chilly at Johnson Lake|
Keeping with the theme of a low key trip, we decided to relax a bit at camp before heading home to Salt Lake on Monday afternoon. I finally got a chance to use my hammock thanks to the beautiful trees surrounding Strawberry Creek. It was a great way to spend the unofficial end of summer.