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(Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune) Oquirrh Wave at Bates Canyon hike, March 16, 2013.
Hike of the week: Oquirrh Wave
First Published Apr 04 2013 09:58 am • Last Updated Apr 04 2013 10:15 am

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.

At a glance

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

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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.




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