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Today's Walk - 11.5 miles, 1678 foot rise.

(If you have GoogleEarth, you can use the embedded coordinates to get an idea of the terrain I traversed.)

Instead of walking from home, today I drove up the canyon to the end of the road (40°49'31.58"N, 111°47'26.82"W) and purposed to walk as far into the canyon as I was able.

Two miles from start I encountered this funny little weather station:

It included this strange device, which I assume has something to do with measuring snowpack, but I can't be sure:

A panorama looking back from the weatherstation, West from whence I came:

Continuing East, City Creek Canyon forks, (40°49'50.62"N, 111°45'13.79"W) and the trail follows the left fork after passing through an aspen grove (Slightly retouched to fill in the panorama gaps):

Up the canyon a ways further, through some beautiful scenery, I came upon an unexpected meadow (40°50'19.17"N, 111°44'29.78"W), looking NW:

The path followed the right edge of the meadow to another hill covered with aspen - I passed numerous elk beds in the grass on the way. Past the meadow, the trail becomes less distinct, and from the last aspen grove to my end point, it was pretty much bushwhacking all the way, following a dry creek bed and then up a very steep hill to 40°50'43.23"N, 111°43'50.37"W, where I ended the day's exploration. I would have gone farther, but by this time my legs were having a hard time navigating the brush due to fatigue, and a vertical rise of 1678 feet, starting at 6062 and ending at 7740 feet above sea level.

From this point I shot a 270° panorama, starting (from the left) looking due North at the ridge of the Great Western Trail. Another day I'll make that trail and pursue it Eastward. the panorama continues around until it looks back West, down the canyon.

On the way back down, I missed the trail at the meadow and had to bushwhack through brush that was over 7' tall for about 200' until I found it again. I'm not wild about bushwhacking - it's hard on the knees and ankles, and is really slow going. Today's 11.5 miles took me about 6 hours, thanks to the rough terrain. I did learn that this is not a route I want to try using as part of my walking Marathon - it's more like mountain climing than walking, but it's good training exercise and beautiful scenery.

Very tired, but satisfied with where I went and what I saw.

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Sep. 9th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
It's actually a landing site for the invasion fleet. We never noticed them, because that site is big enough to hold a thousand ships.

Sep. 9th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Why did I not think of that?
Sep. 9th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Because you aren't a conspiracy theorist? =^_~=

Sep. 9th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
It sure is a pretty part of the world there.
That's a heck of a walk!
Sep. 9th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
awesome pictures and it looks like it was a great walk :)


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