City Creek Loop - April 23, 2023

scatman

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Headed out from home this morning with the intent of hiking a trail in City Creek Canyon that I have never been on before. I've been going up City Creek going on 39 years now, and I always wondered where the trail went. Well, today I was going to find out. This loop was approximately seven miles in length, and took us just over three and a half hours to complete. Maybe @regehr has done this trail before?

Flowers are blooming in the yards as we made our way to City Creek Canyon
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City wildlife :)

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Preying Mantis egg sack

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Stickseed

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Speedwell

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Spider on the road near the guard station at the mouth of City Creek Canyon

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City Creek

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Selfie at the guard station

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City Creek

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Red osier dogwood

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Glacier lilies have started to bloom

More City Creek shots
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We left the main road up the canyon, and onto this service road

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After a short distance it opened up. We'd be taking a right turn ahead to pick up the trail that leads out of the canyon

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No bikes on this one

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Taking the shoes off to ford City Creek

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The view after fording the creek, where I put my shoes and socks back on

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A steep trail out of the canyon

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At one point there used to be a cable gate across the old trail/road

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Still making our way up to the top of the ridge

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Burro Peak

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Another glacier lily

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Donkey tail spurge

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Snail shell

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A bit muddy along this section

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Elk scat

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Nice views up City Creek Canyon

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And down the canyon

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A bee fly

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About 60 degrees today. Just after this shot, we heard some wild turkeys off in the scrub oak.

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Had to refill the canteen on the way up the ridge

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Now who put that there? :D

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Getting close to the top

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One more hill to climb to the saddle ahead

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The gate near the upper end

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I think Sheila has had enough of this, or maybe me. :)

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The Dude Benchmark across the canyon

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The trail pops out and onto the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Interesting, an information sign with no information. Hmm........

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The trail intersects with the Shoreline Trail west of the Avenues Twin Peaks

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We're heading towards the 18th Ave Trailhead

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View of the Wasatch Front from the Shoreline Trail

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A look up the holler to the Black Mountain Ridge

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Yikes!

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And don't forget to Do Good! This Jeep was parked at the trailhead, and just after
passing this Jeep, Sheila and I saw a bobcat run across the road in front of us. Pretty
cool!


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the pipeline trail!!! yes, many times, it also continues on the other side of the canyon and makes a good way to reach the City Creek N Ridge
 
Flowers? what are flowers?
 
I'm surprised to see the glacier lilies at what looks like a relatively lower and dryer location. In Alberta and BC they are mostly found at damp sub-alpine elevations, popping out alongside the receding winter snowpack.
 
I'm surprised to see the glacier lilies at what looks like a relatively lower and dryer location. In Alberta and BC they are mostly found at damp sub-alpine elevations, popping out alongside the receding winter snowpack.

I was surprised to see them too. The first batch were down in the canyon by the road, below 5000 feet in elevation. The rest were on the trail up and out of the canyon, but still probably between 5400 and 5600 feet. I normally see these here at 7000 feet or above, and as you say, as the snow melts out. Maybe the record breaking snow totals this water year and the much colder than normal temperatures had something to do with it? Or perhaps I have just not been at the proper location at the right time before, to see them at lower elevations.
 
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will be gone at my house by mid june....... I'm at 6400 ft. And my house is in the area what they call the snow capital of Island Park.
 
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