Murdoch, we’re coming to get you!

July 27, 2006 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

Our second ascent of a peak named Murdoch took place in Millcreek Canyon, Utah. The Uinta Mountains of Utah were the setting for the first Cheeseburger summit of Murdoch Mountain (see post). How come when I hear ‘Murdoch’ I can’t help but think of Rambo:First Blood (Murdoch, I’m coming to get you). Maybe I watch too many bad movies on TNT or Spike. But who can forget some of Colonel Trautman’s (played by Richard Crenna) great lines in the movie, such as Bring more body bags or God didn’t make Rambo, I made him. Sorry, but I couldn’t find the .wav file for “He could eat things that would make a billygoat puke.” We’ll come back to that.

A 5:30 am start brought out John, Patrick and Paul’s cheery faces for a drive up to the top of Millcreek canyon. It was refreshingly cool – quite a relief from the 100O+ temperatures of the past week or so. The route starts up the canyon eventually joining up with the Great Western Trail. Continue up to the overlook bordering the Canyons Ski Resort. From here turn left to go up the sage-covered slopes. Head toward a small building housing weather gear which marks the summit of Murdoch Peak (9,602 ft). At the summit, Patrick provided a commercially-available Cheeseburger but customized it with a dose of after market bacon (Mmm, bacon). A small sip of Guiness made it all go down easier. After the required 7:30 am Cheeseburger (reminds me of “He could eat things that make a billygoat puke”), we headed down by continuing further along the Millcreek/Parley’s ridge, eventually heading down through a large grove of aspen trees. By the time we hit the trail back to the truck several early morning mountain bikers had appeared on the Great Western Trail.

A great hike in the early morning. It has beautiful views, large, lush meadows, deep conifer forest, and serene aspen groves – a little bit of everything. And because it starts at the top of Millcreek canyon, it’s always cool, even in the middle of summer. Two thumbs up.

Bacon Cheeseburgers / John, Patrick, Paul / July 26, 2006

Click on any of the photos below to get to a short slide show with scenes from the hike. Thanks to WavCentral for the Rambo snippets.

Aspen Grove The Summit Climb Minty Fresh Meadow Park City, Uintas

Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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