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Hike of the week: Holmes Creek — Webb Canyon

Published September 26, 2012 11:07 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Directions • From Highway 89 in Kaysville turn east on 200 North then turn left on Mountain Road the take a right onto 650 North and follow the road as it goes east for about a quarter-mile until you see a big dirt parking lot and a large wooden sign called the East Mountain Wilderness Park. This is also a trailhead for the Bonneville Shoreline trail and the Great Western Trail.

Keep this hike in mind for a great April Fools' Day gag. It begins as a very deceivingly easy, wide path on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail with a nice view of Kaysville and Davis County, but promptly turns into a hike straight up a mountain, if you veer off the shoreline trail to a biking trail. Keep an ear out, as there is a rifle range nearby.

As you go off the beaten path, the trail that was once accommodating to jogging strollers narrows to something only a hiker, biker or horse could access and shoots straight up the mountain ridge with a steep incline that goes up more than 1,000 feet over the next mile. The gorgeous overlook of the Davis County expands to Weber and Salt Lake County the higher you get. Holmes Creek

Hiking time • 2 hours

Round trip miles • 2.7 miles

Elevation gain • 1,339 feet

Difficulty • Moderate/Strenuous

Trail head restrooms • No

Dogs allowed • Yes

Bikes allowed • Yes

Horses allowed •Yes