Foothill Follies Part 2 - Black Mountain Ridge and City Creek Canyon Loop - November 11, 2021

scatman

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My fall foothill hiking continued yesterday with a 16 mile loop, that once again started and ended at my home.

After a hearty breakfast of steel cut oats, I set off at 6:30 in the morning towards Tomahawk Drive where there is access to a spur trail that leads north to the Shoreline Trail. From the shoreline trail, I proceeded to gain the ridge between the Avenues Twin Peaks and the Black Mountain Ridge. Once I reached the top of the Black Mountain Ridge, I worked my way across the ridge, then dropped down into upper City Creek Canyon, where I broke for lunch. After lunch, I made my way down City Creek and back home.

I'm not sure if Black Mountain is technically considered the foothills, but I had to cross them to get there so I am including it. :)

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Hike overview map

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Dawn in the Salt Lake Valley

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Sunrise on the Oquirrh Mountains

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Southern peak of the Avenues Twin Peaks. A purist would have hiked up and over the top of this peak and the northern peak. I didn't.

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Sunrise on Stansbury Island

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An old Jeep road gains the ridge just north of the northern peak of the Avenues Twin Peaks, which is seen rising in the upper right
of the image.

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On the ridge that runs from the Avenues Twin Peaks to Black Mountain

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I passed two more bow hunters like I did on Van Cott last Saturday. These two weren't as chatty as the two on Van Cott were.

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Wild Turkeys

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A look down Dry Canyon from the north this time

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Getting close to where the serious climbing starts

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The Dude Benchmark located on the northern ridge of City Creek Canyon

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Summit of Grandview at the head of City Creek Canyon is in a cloud

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A steep section of the trail

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A view to the south that shows the Van Cott Ridge with Mount Wire beyond, that my hike incorporated last week

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Looking back on ground that I'd covered this morning

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Almost to the top of the ridge

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Making my way across the ridge

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A stand of aspen just off the ridge. Rudy's Flat on top of the opposite ridge

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Lookout Peak to the east

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More aspen

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Some snow along the top of the ridge at approximately 8000 feet

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Heading towards the high point of the ridge that includes some scrambling

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Scrambling required.

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View down City Creek Canyon

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The route ahead

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A break on the high point of the ridge

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Lookout Peak in the distance

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Working my way along the ridge

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A good look back at the scramble portion of the ridge

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Getting close to dropping down to a saddle where I will pick up the trail that drops into City Creek Canyon

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The saddle is down below

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A look down into upper City Creek

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Picked up the trail that will take me to the bottom of the canyon

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Trail Crew! There was quite a bit of downfall along this trial. My guess is
that it doesn't get used that much.

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Burrow Peak ahead as I work my way down into the Canyon

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Different perspective of the Dude Benchmark across the canyon

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Low enough now that the trail is clear of snow

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A very large rock that was almost completely covered with moss.

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A large rock pinnacle to the west of the trail

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A look down City Creek Canyon

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Storming of Grandview

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An occasional reminder of fall

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Looking down into the canyon

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Smugglers Gap Trail. This was my first time on this trail, and other than the downfall that I encountered, the trail was in good shape

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City Creek

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The way home

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The trail at this point is a service road

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Approaching where the pavement begins. I would have to walk the road for a little over two miles before picking up the trail that
runs down City Creek.

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This is where the incident took place @Rockskipper. I'm surprised someone didn't make a chalk outline of my body. :)

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Upper Rotary Park - my lunch destination

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Some snacks before continuing on down canyon

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42 degrees at Upper Rotary

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Nice form! Some hip exercises so that I can continue on

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Some road walking for the next 45 minutes or so

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Smell of leaves in the air and some sprinkles from above

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City Creek

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Hornets nest

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The water treatment plant

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Back on the trail

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Trail running through scrub oak

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A badger hole

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View across the canyon at the southern ridge

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A look back up the canyon. Looks like rain.

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More than halfway down the canyon at this point

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Some osier dogwood next to the trail

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Oregon Grape

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Nearing the end of the canyon

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Fall colors

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View above the trail

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Guard shack at the end of City Creek Canyon

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Back on 9th Ave

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Home sweet home

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Total time to complete hike.

This was a good hike for wildlife. I saw the following throughout the day:

7 deer
2 rabbits
2 grouse - scared me dropping down into City Creek
18 Wild Turkeys
1 Falcon


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kwc

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Another awesome @scatman marathon! Thankfully you weren’t wearing your kilt when doing the hip exercises.

Thanks for sharing the adventure.

Are the bow hunters out there for deer? Or? It’s currently deer season (with a gun) in the Adirondacks. I believe it goes back to bow hunting after Thanksgiving, black powder too.
 

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Another awesome @scatman marathon! Thankfully you weren’t wearing your kilt when doing the hip exercises.

Thanks for sharing the adventure.

Are the bow hunters out there for deer? Or? It’s currently deer season (with a gun) in the Adirondacks. I believe it goes back to bow hunting after Thanksgiving, black powder too.

They are hunting deer.
 

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Great Trip Report! Thanks Again Scatman. All that clouds and snow ... how different between there where you are and here in St. George!

Have been in City Creek. Wishing You the Best!
 

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Great Trip Report! Thanks Again Scatman. All that clouds and snow ... how different between there where you are and here in St. George!

Have been in City Creek. Wishing You the Best!

In my opinion, City Creek Canyon is the crown jewel of the Salt Lake Valley.
 
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