Assuming that Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon were recently glaciated we should expect to see most or all of the glacial features described above.  Indeed we do.

The glaciers first formed as a cluster of cirques in upper Albion Basin.  These cirques began at Cecret Lake, Glory Hole, Sugar Bowl and Catherine’s Bowl and gradually coalesced until all of upper Albion Basin became a cirque-filled ice field.

The gentle topography of Albion Basin is shown in this photo taken from the east side of Mount Baldy looking east. The mountains on the horizon are the Uinta Mountains. The darker peak in the center of the photo is the top of the Great Western Express chair at Brighton. Catherine’s Pass forms the saddle in front of this peak. Light colored rocks to the right of this are marble in Supreme Bowl. Ice filled all of upper Albion Basin.

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