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Hike of the week: Neff's Canyon to overlook

Published August 22, 2011 11:38 am

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This is a Wasatch classic, ending in a glorious, cliff-rimmed meadow overlooking the valley. The route is simple: Bear left up the drainage. The trailhead is on the east side of the parking lot. You will see two trails, but they rejoin within a few dozen yards, so either works. The trail bends southeast and then passes a large water tank after a quarter mile. At one-half mile, you will see a creek, and the trail jogs left. Ascend the steep drainage. At 1.5 miles, you will see a Mount Olympus Wilderness sign. At 1.75 miles is a stream crossing. Many hikers stop here, but the highlight is a meadow about 2.3 miles from the trailhead. Take in the soaring cliffs in all directions and follow the footpath to a junction a few yards to the north. Bear left and follow the path 0.1 mile to a makeshift campsite overlooking Millcreek and Olympus Cove.

Because of this year's heavy precipitation, the trails are more grown-over than I have seen previously. You can still see them easily, but long trousers are suggested. Enjoy the flowers — I saw lupines, geraniums, leafy Jacob's ladder, larkspurs, Indian paintbrushes, columbines and balsamroot. Destination Neffs Canyon overlook

Hiking time 3.5 hours

Round-trip miles 5 miles

Elevation gain 2,350 feet

Difficulty Difficult

Trailhead restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed N/A