Saturday, August 7, 2010

Trail 001 - A portion of the Geat Western Trail 8/7/10

On Saturday (8/7/10) I decided it was time to go a explore another part of the Great Western Trail here is Utah. The trail starts at the south end of Skyline Drive just east of Bountiul and winds it way up to a number of overlooks into Salt Lake, Davis and Morgan County. The trail starts out in the pines then wonders though a short section of aspen trees then back into the pines and finally into some grass lands.

At one point the trail split offs in two one goes up the mountain and the other goes down into a basin but has a no trespassing sign posted. So I opted to head up the mountain but turned back about a 1/2 mile in as the trail started to get a little more overgrown with grasses. It could still be seen but it was kind of difficult.

Figured the total hike was maybe about 4 miles (2 in and 2 out), maximum elevation that my GPS showed was about 9039 ft.

Trail Head about 7:48 am

The road that you must go down to get to the trail head

A little overexposed but still looks kind of cool

Playing around with the camera

The trail in which I would ultimately end up hiking up

Still some snow on the back side of mountain in the distance

The trail I just came down (middle of the photo). After I took the photo I continued on for a little until the trail started to get a little over grown as noted above. I didn't really take any photo's on the return journey.

I didn't see another person on the trail till I was coming back towards the start of the trail and a saw a number of deer (2 fawns, 5 doe's and 1 five point buck) from the time I hit the gravel road till I made it to the Great Western Trail sign.

Over all the trail wasn't too bad of a hike and weather was great besides a nice cool breeze. I'm wanting to go back up there and find out how much further the trail goes.

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