The Wasatch Range
These are some pictures I've taken in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Most of them were taken in the short stretch of mountains extending from Salt Lake City in the north to Provo in the south, which has the highest concentration of rugged peaks in the Wasatch, rising up to 7,000 feet above the valley floors. No other place in the United States offers as many hiking and climbing opportunities so close to a major city, and the scenery is comparable to what you'd find in the Tetons, Sierra, or Colorado Rockies. The best views require hiking longer distances to escape the crowds, but there are also some nice places you can drive right up to, such as Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Silver Flat Reservoir in American Fork Canyon. Despite a large network of well-maintained trails, most of the Wasatch 11ers (mountains with summits above 11,000 feet) require some form of scrambling (climbing using your hands) and all involve a little off-trail hiking. It's great being able to live next to such beautiful peaks!
A resource I often refer to when looking for new Wasatch hikes to get a feel for how difficult they will be is the Wasatch Mountain Club's Hike Listing & Ratings Table (compiled by Kip Yost).
I put together a slideshow of my pictures: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, & Part 6.