Trail Running With Moose

Posted: July 12th, 2013 | Author:

Words by Alta athlete, Brody Leven.

Alta Ski Area trail Brody Leven

Golden hour. Photo Credit: Brody Leven

Fresh off Denali, I am trying to choose trail runs that are the lushest and most representative of the Wasatch that I love. Yesterday, I started at Albion Basin, went up to Catherine’s Pass, over to Sunset Pass atop Rocky Point, across Catherine’s to the top of Supreme, down to the top of Cecret, and then back up, across, around, over, and down. In the Albion Basin meadow–which I always love due to my encounter last year with a mom, dad, and baby moose–I mobbed around a corner only to SLAM on the brakes and slowly back up. Right there, 20 feet off the downhill side of the traversing trail, was an enormous bull moose. He looked at me, smiled, and kept eating. From a distance, I enjoyed watching him enjoy his dinner, completely indifferent to my presence or my need to run by him. He finally moseyed a bit further from the trail, and I walked past him until I felt safe to continue running. In the next mile, I saw four peaceful deer and a large female moose. Alta welcomed me back to Utah quite nicely.

Alta Ski Area Moose Brody Leven

Moose. Photo Credit: Brody Leven

Alta Ski Area moose Brody Leven

Moose. Photo Credit: Brody Leven

While he’s currently in Utah, Brody usually doesn’t stay in one place for too long. Since Alta’s ski season ended, he’s skied and journeyed in Montana, California, Nevada, Iceland, Germany, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Alaska. Keep tabs on his adventures by giving him a follow:

Instagram: @BrodyLeven

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3 Comments on “Trail Running With Moose”

  1. 1 Catching up on “Pressed” said at 8:28 pm on July 15th, 2013:

    [...] send Alta Ski Area a couple of words and pictures. I saw 2 moose and 4 deer in, like, 10 minutes. Check out my short Alta blog post. [The next day, while running in Big Cottonwood Canyon, I saw 2 more moose and another deer. Holy [...]

  2. 2 Joe Johnson said at 8:35 pm on July 15th, 2013:

    Always good having you back on the hill, Brody.

  3. 3 @brodyleven said at 6:58 pm on July 17th, 2013:

    even better to actually BE back!

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