This was the 3rd day of my planned 6 day car camping and hiking trip to this area. Prior-to our planned group hike on Sat-10/2, I had planned some "private time" with the large stands of BigToothMaples in this Upper Buck Spring Canyon. Visiting this section of UBS Canyon during prime Autumn season was one of the many selling points of this hike.
I had planned this outing 2 months prior, and nailing down the "prime" Autumn time back then to visit this area when the Big Tooth Maples would be at their red and orange glory was just a guess. It turns out that we were about 3 weeks too early for prime season, but still a rewarding and colorful show!