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    Gregory Wallin reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Rattlesnake Arches Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Indian Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Porter Fork Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin added Only For A Masochist

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Bair Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin reviewed Fort to Sea Trail

    about 2 years ago

    The best way to access the trail is at the Sunset Beach parking area. From here you can go 0.35 miles to the beach or head inland towards the fort. You also avoid paying the National Park fee by parking here. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. Depending on when you go the trail may have long grass growing on the sides, but it will be periodically mowed. It does cross a couple roads and the trail runs along some cow pasture at points.
    The trail placement marker by All Trails is not the best place to access the trail. There are signs in the Perkins Road area discouraging parking for the trail.

    Gregory Wallin completed Fort to Sea Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin saved Cape Falcon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Kanarra Creek Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin reviewed Vermillion Castle Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Trail is fairly steep and consists mostly of loose rocks and gravel on hard packed dirt. The trail is easy to follow and where it crosses hard rock there are cairns marking the trail.
    The hike is short and there is no water on the trail. The road signs for getting there don't match Google Maps directions and you have to turn off of highway 143 at the sign for Five Mile Picnic Area and Yankee Meadow (brown sign white lettering).
    The trail is mostly shady in early to late morning, but after that the only shade is from the occasional tree. At the end of the trail there are lots of small rock formations and a tiny arch.

    Gregory Wallin completed Vermillion Castle Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Gregory Wallin saved Summit Lake Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin reviewed Red Castle Lakes Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    The trail is an easy 10 mile hike from near China Meadows Campground to Lower Red Castle Lake. The best campsites are on the East side of the lake away from the trail. The trail travels west of the lake past many established camps. If you want privacy and a good supply of firewood cross the footbridge about a quarter mile North of the footbridge and head up to the east side of the lake.

    The trail sees a lot of traffic as it is frequented by horse parties and part of it overlaps the Highline Trail. In recent years the bark beetles haves ravaged many of the trees. Luckily the forests are still somewhat healthy near Red Castle lake.

    If you have time think of climbing the unnamed pass south-west of Upper Red Castle Lake, then head up the north ridge for excellent views of all the lakes as well as Kings Peak to the East.

    Gregory Wallin completed Chimney Rock Loop Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Goosenecks & Sunset Point

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin reviewed Thurston Peak Trail

    about 5 years ago

    There are several routes to Thurston Peak. The easiest is to drive to Francis Peak and walk the well defined trail along the ridge to Thurston Peak. This route requires minimal climbing, offers great views of Davis and Weber counties, can be completed in three to four hours, but is only mildly satisfying as you let your car do all of the hard work. Better to start from the bottom of the mountain to get the true experience.

    If you are going to start from the bottom of the mountain the Adam Canyon trail head is the most popular and most convenient starting place. Leave the Adams Canyon trail head and hike through the sandy bench up to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Now instead of heading into Adams Canyon look for the trail just to the north that heads up the ridge. It is pretty steep from the very beginning. If you haven't done something like this recently your legs are going to feel it. Average elevation gain is about 800 feet per mile.

    Early on the trail is really easy to follow. It mostly stays right on top of the ridge. In a couple section you have to navigate through or around some rock outcroppings. After about 2.5 miles the trail can become harder to follow as fewer people make it up that far. If you get off the trail just stick to the top of the ridge the best you can. The trail doesn't make any detours into the canyons. While you are climbing the homes of Layton and Kaysville continually shrink. It is amazing how quickly they become specs on valley floor.

    The trail is very open and only occasionally offers shade. Early in the season it will be adorned with wildflowers and crowded with oak brush. The best time to hike it is as soon as the snow at the top is patchy, or late September to November depending on snow. Starting early will mean a lot less sun as you climb. A fit person can expect to spend 2.5 to 3 hours to make it to the top.

    Be on the lookout for rattle snakes as they love to sun on the ridge. I have seen rattle snakes on two out of three trips to the peak. At the top there is a monument with some information on Thomas J. Thurston. Thomas Thurston was the motivation behind the first road through Weber Canyon according to the plaque. Elevation is 9,706 per the monument. While not a breathtaking or spectacular as other hikes along the Wasatch Front the peak has it's charm. It is also the highest point in Davis County.

    The descent can be hard on the knees and there is a lot of loose rock on the trail so be careful coming down.

    Gregory Wallin completed Thurston Peak Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Sundance Trails

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Alpine Scenic Highway

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Horsetail Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Wasatch Crest Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Box Elder Peak Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Dry Creek Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Gregory Wallin completed Rock Canyon Trail

    about 5 years ago