Neff's Canyon

06/08/10 20:59

So far Dixie and I have been doing 'easy' and 'moderate' hikes from our guide (60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City), and a couple of them (Malan's Peak in particular) have been rather tough . . . So, I've been wondering what a 'difficult' hike was like. We chose Neff's Canyon as the shortest of the 'difficult' hikes. Unfortunately, Spring runoff is super high and we got stopped 1.1 miles into the hike where the river was totally overtaking the trail.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
From the parking lot you can tell this is going to be some beautiful country.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Here is the trailhead from the parking lot (note that another hiker suggested using the other trailhead on the other side of the parking lot for better scenery).

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
These ridges protruding from the mountains to the south reminded me of dinosaur bones.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
The runoff is all over the trail today.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Yikes, this is where we're supposed to make our first crossing. Forget that!

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Dixie's scouting for a better place to cross.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Woohoo! Go Dixie! On hands and knees we cross via these handy logs.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Again, the trail is getting swamped in runoff.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
We couldn't find a way to cross this without getting majorly wet. Forget it.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
On the way back.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Downtown SLC as seen on our way back.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Saw this squirrel when we were almost back to the parking lot. It was hard to get him to pose.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
Best shot. Cute little guy.

Neff's Canyon Trail Utah Photos
This is the other trailhead that one of the hikers on the trail said offered better scenery on the way up. We may find out on another day.

We were frustrated not to get to the meadow, and didn't get to the steepest part of the trail as we were blocked by water runoff. I wasn't crazy about this trail simply because of how horribly rocky it was.

We finished early so we decided to try out Ferguson Canyon (which I like better) today as well.

Happy Trails!

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