Flake Mountain is an 8,048 ft / 2,453 m mountain peak near Panguitch, Utah. This mountain is the 789th highest mountain in Utah and the 9,471st highest mountain in the United States. Located within the boundaries of the Dixie National Forest, It sits on the Sevier Plateau towering above John’s Valley near the Bryce Canyon National Park. It is a couple of miles north of Bryce Canyon Airport where I always stop to refuel when I am shooting in the area.
Zedekiah: “I lensed this image almost immediately after taking off from Bryce Canyon Airport then heading north into the mountains. From an elevation of 2,000 feet above the ground you can clearly see into the valley that separates the two flattop mountains that are together called Flake Mountain.”
In this photo to the left of the Mountains is Willis Draw and you can see Spring Creek which runs to the south of Flake Mountain into the East Fork of the Sevier River. This area was a seasonal high elevation hunting ground for the Southern Paiute First Nations Tribes. The Paunsaugunt and Sevier Plateaus were used for seasonal hunting and gathering activities, but there is no evidence of any long-term permanent settlements.
In this following photo in the foreground at the bottom of this image, Berry Spring Creek lays frozen solid, locked in its winding serpentine path along Mud Spring Ridge just off to its right. To the left sits Coyote Hollow while up on the horizon across the distance lays Crow Peak on the right and Blind Spring Mountain on the left, sitting atop the Sevier Plateau in southern Utah.
This is a harsh country that should be respected and not to be taken lightly, if one plans on traveling through the area, especially during the winter months. Imagine if you will, the First Nations Ute Natives which lived in this area for the past few centuries. Their survival totally depended on skills that were honed over time immemorial. This is a very quiet place, especially in the dead of winter when the animals are sheltering and the air is cold and dense. Sound travels far in these conditions, but there is little to hear during these frozen months. To get a sense of the solitude and peace in this place, open the image full screen and meditate on this beautiful place.
In the image below, Flake Mountain emerges from out of a winter snowstorm in this image I lensed while exploring the wilderness area of the Sevier Plateau in southern Utah north of Bryce Canyon National Park. It was early in the day, around mid-morning when I came upon this scene shot in February and it was quite cold up in the air. In the foreground lies the sparse forest of Washboard Flat and descending from the middle of the mountains angling to the right of this image is Showalter Creek which runs down into the Seiver River below in Johns Valley.