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    Steven Day added Maybird Gulch

    5 months ago

    Steven Day added Great after-work hike

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day completed Jacob's Ladder to Lone Rock

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day reviewed Neffs Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Wew, lawd. This was a tough one. I'm an out-of-shape spaghetti-person, though, so take that estimation with a grain of salt.

    The end of this hike is a junction where it meets to other trailheads. If you're throughhiking then that's fine, I suppose, but since I was expecting a Big Thing at the end, it turned out to be something of an anti-climax after the vile, unrepentant, uphill deathmarch it took to get up there.

    So! There are two natural stopping points on this trail that are better than the listed one.

    Option 1 is to do the first two miles, ending at the cute little waterfall. You can take some running water photos, catch your breath, and start back down.

    Option 2 is set off past the waterfall, up the sudden and intense change in grade, muscle your way up through the tree cover, and emerge in the meadow. You can enjoy some wildflowers, take in the peaks around you, and then look down the grade on the way back and say, "Jesus Christ, I *did* that?"

    Past the meadow is an overgrown trail that, this time of year, was absolutely thick with flies and has a really disappointing terminus.

    Leaving that aside, though, this was a great hike. Absolutely lousy with scenic grottos and glades, and with great views of the valley as you head higher. You can get a straight shot all the way out to the Great Salt Lake as you pass the birch forest.

    It was tough, but hey, if I could do it with my linguini-like appendages, you probably can too. :D

    Steven Day completed Neffs Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day added Track - Jul 09, 01:03 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day added Canyon Corner Circuit

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day completed Ghost Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day saved Sawmill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day saved Clarks Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day reviewed Anns Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day reviewed Anns Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Annabelle Parr was a Draper woman who spent sixteen long years working in and on top of the Draper Parks and Trails Committee. She may have died of pancreatic cancer, but she lived to preserve the natural beauty of Utah's wilderness. It was through her efforts that bonds were secured to allow for the purchase of the Corner Canyon area, saving it from being flattened and turned into yet another subdivision of hideous po-mo shitboxes. Instead, the network of trails you see today were developed and preserved, and more of Utah's natural bounty was allowed to flourish instead of flounder.

    In addition to this, Ann was also a long-distance equestrian endurance rider, and a dear lover of children, working in the fields of adolescent counseling, child welfare, and adoption.

    So, please, for the Love of God, do NOT litter here! Are you kidding me? Do you WANT to get haunted? Do you want to have an ectoplasmic tussle with a ghost-woman with that kind of saintly pedigree?! JESUS CHRIST! JUST PACK IT OUT! HOW HARD IS THAT?!

    A-ha.

    Sorry.

    Ann's trail is definitely a versatile one. It's meant to accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrian ga'lippers. If you're hiking, you'll want to keep your eyes open, both for people heading ass over elbows down the trail on their bike, and for horse dung minefields. Your vigilance will be rewarded, though, I assure you: waiting for you at the top is a fantastic view of the valley, above all of the smog and grit. You can rest at a bench dedicated to Ms.Parr and just take it all in.

    The end of the trailhead comes when you join up with Clark's Trail. From there, you can turn around, or take Clark's back down, or explore any of the other interconnecting trails from there. Corner Canyon has quite a lot of different routes you can explore, though for my money, the circuit from Ann's Trail to Clark's Trail and then back through the Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a great circuit, taking you just over four miles to complete.

    Just, uh... Be sure to mind your sun protection. There's precious little shade through Ann's Trail, so you'll want to make sure you're covered and that you're mindful of when your sunscreen needs to be reapplied. I didn't, and now I'm a lobster-person. Learn from my red-faced mistakes, and you'll have a great time on Ann's Trail.

    If you're looking for a beginner's trail to do mountain biking or trail-running, or if you're in the Draper area and want a decent hike to do after work, it's hard to argue against this one. I'm sure it's what Ann would have wanted. :)

    Steven Day reviewed Clarks Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Now, when you begin your hike up Clark's, you will be presented with a fork: to go up Clark's Trail, simply go left, take the bridge, and you'll be on your way. Clark's is a gentle, easy incline all throughout, with shade at regular enough intervals that you won't have to worry about sun exposure *too* much. In addition, the trail forbids mountain bikers from traveling DOWN it, so you needn't worry about dodging someone going ass over teakettle down the trail. (Although if you see them huffing up the 10% incline behind you, I'm sure they and their shins would thank you if you allowed them to pass).

    Clark's is an uncomplicated trail. You'll be at the top of it in about 45 minutes, and it won't take too much out of you. You'll know you're at the top when you see the intersection between it and Ann's Trail. Then you can head back down. All-in-all, if you're in the Draper area and looking for something to do after work, Clark's is a fantastic choice, with some decent views of the valley.

    But...

    If you, instead, forsake the bridge at the start of your journey and make a right, onto the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, you'll find yourself with some GREAT views of the valley, and a much more substantial hike. Follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail until it intersects Ann's Trail by the Bike Repair Station and the Tunnel, turn left, and take Ann's Trail until it links up with Clark's and then take Clark's down. Taken together, you'll enjoy a ~4 mile circuit.

    Or, hell, don't even take my advice. Corner Canyon is lousy with criss-crossing trails and sights, and they all spit you out in more or less the same place. You might find a few neat trails I totally missed! Just, uh, be sure to mind your sunscreen and be ready to dodge out of the way of the bikers. They may not be able to go down Clark', but anything else is fair game for them.

    Steven Day completed Clarks Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Steven Day completed Ann's Trail

    over 1 year ago