Hike of the week: Oquirrh Wave
Published: April 8, 2013 09:31AM
Updated: April 4, 2013 10:15AM
Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune Oquirrh Wave at Bates Canyon hike, March 16, 2013.

Directions • This hike is in the eastern Tooele valley, located near Stansbury Park. The trailhead is an easy 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City. Take Interstate 80 West to State Road 36, toward Stansbury Park/Tooele. Bates Canyon Road is about six miles off the highway. Turn left on Bates Canyon and drive until it dead-ends into the entrance to the trail.

This takes you to a system of trails crisscrossing the grassy Bates Canyon, and there are a variety of ways to explore the area nestled up against the Oquirrhs. This hike is a three-mile out-and-back with much of the elevation gain coming in one slightly strenuous climb up to a bench trail with beautiful views of the mountains and Great Salt Lake in the distance, but there’s plenty more to explore for people looking for a longer trip.

On a recent spring day, the snow was almost entirely melted and it wasn’t too muddy. The sage was green, but the trees were still bare. The approximately 60-degree day was just the right temperature — in the summer, it will likely be a hot hike. The area is fairly well-traveled, though far from crowded, and hikers here share the area with horseback, ATV, dirt bike and mountain bike riders.

Destination Oquirrh Wave hike

Hiking time 1 hours

Round trip miles 3.3 miles

Elevation gain 735 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trail head restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes Davis Creek