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(Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune) Maple trees, shown here in the fall, are plentiful on the Pine Creek Nature Trail.
Hike of the week: Pine Creek nature trail

By Erin Alberty

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Nov 14 2011 12:22 pm • Last Updated Apr 11 2012 06:19 pm

Getting there » The trailhead is in Pine Creek Campground at Wasatch Mountain State Park, about one mile up Pine Canyon Drive from Burgi Lane in Midway. Turn into the campground, pay the $5 use fee and turn at the second drive to your right into the big parking lot.

At a glance

Pine Creek boulder field

Hiking time » 1.5 hours

Round trip miles » 2.4 miles

Elevation gain » 650 feet

Difficulty » Easy

Trail head restrooms » Yes

Dogs allowed » Yes, leashed

Bikes allowed » Yes

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Directions » This is a nice, easy nature trail through a Wasatch Mountain State Park campground, ending at a fun boulder field. It would be a good hike for families with young children. From the trailhead, walk west into the woods and bend north when you enter the meadow. After 0.1 mile, you will reach an intersection with a road; cross it and continue north. Keep going north for about a half mile, bypassing spurs and footpaths to campsites and utilities. At 0.55 mile, you will reach a Y; bend left, taking a footpath northwest. At 0.8 mile you will see a junction with a bridge on your right. Don’t cross it; just keep going north, on the trail. Shortly after that, you will come to nature signs; keep going north-northwest along the drainage. At 1.1 miles you will reach the boulder field. Play with care and check out the pretty green lichen on the stone.

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