Finally got out after a week of inactivity unless you can count line miles in Harry Potter World.
Wanted to get out in the canyons on something new while the colors are still there...started Big Water trailhead at the lower parking lot at the top of Millcreek. Ran up to Dog Lake. This stretch is about 3 miles and is mostly gradual incline...vertical incline only about 900 feet or so. Very runnable overall but I walked here and there to see some awesome scenery and stop to watch a moose cross the trail 30 feet in front of me. 3 moose in all standing there. Was cool and I was scoping out which trees to run behind if they charged.
Then from Dog lake went to Desolation lake which is another 3 miles or so. Had to walk much of the last 2 miles of this stretch, just steeper and beautiful. From Desolation lake to the car I looped back on the wasatch crest trail 6.5 miles to the parking lot. Great trail, beautiful yellow leaves with much of the trail covered with golden quaking aspen leaves and about a quarter mile of hard packed snow in the shady spots. Fun day.