Stansbury Island

06/10/10 23:44

Dessert landscape, wildflowers, high winds, raindrops, thunder, bench trail views, a mule deer, a rabbit, lizards, crickets, jeep trails, tufa and other cool rocks, in the midst of the Great Salt Lake . . . 9.5 miles in 6.5 hours; our guide, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City, estimated 4.5 hours, but we're getting faster. I think I got a lot of cool pictures, but I think this is a one-time hike for me.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Leaving the parking lot at the Stansbury Island Interpretive Trail Head (my beloved wife right behind me). Our guide's trail instructions proved very valuable as there were a lot of trails that branched off.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
One of hundreds of Sego Lilies along the trail in full bloom at this time of year.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Dixie's favorit flower is the daisy. It was fun to find some along the trail.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
. . . and other wildflowers.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Looking back on the Great Salt Lake from the first part of the trail.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
There's the parking lot, come quite a way up already.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
These looked like ancient fortifications to us, but they are actually naturally occuring tufa rock formations.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
More tufa.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
This rock was so cool I just had to take a picture of it.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
From the saddle, 1.2 miles into the hike. We've gone as high as we will go.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
This is what most of the trail looks like . . . in some places it is rockier.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
You know I love the moss.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Cool sedementary rocks.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
I love this rock sandwich.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
My first encounter with a Mormon Cricket. This whole trail is like cricket paradise; thousands of them jumping across our path.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
First big overlook.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Yes, those are mounds of salt from the salt farms.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
The clouds move in.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
I love seeing the different colors of the water. Pink on one side of the bar and blue on the other.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Rounding the last bend after descending to the floor.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Almost there, I can see the blue hope quietly waiting for us in the parking lot.

Stansbury Island Trail Utah Photos
Coming full circle to the start of the trail.

This was a way cool hike to do once, but for some reasons (long drive, sameness of the trail after the first mile, dessert conditions, etc.), I don't think we'll be coming back anytime soon. We did have some fun experiences: seeing a deer bound up the side of one mountain and totally leaving us in the dust like we were standing still was the best of them. I also caught a glimpse of the backside of a tan bunny with black tips on his ears.

Happy trails!

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