Butterfield Canyon

Posted: 23rd April 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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Winter still seems unwilling to fully release its grip on Northern Utah. Although temperatures have improved, we’re still seeing several storms each week, most all of which have included mountain snow.

I managed to get out today before the forecast rains began. There was no sunshine but temperatures were reasonably mild.

I decided (yet again) to walk the ridge that runs along the South side of the Butterfield Canyon road. I’ve been going up here quite a bit whenever I feel like a more gentle hike. It’s convenient for me and there’s usually some wildlife to see, which both me and my dog enjoy.

I parked at the gate, which is still closed for Winter, and headed up the canyon road, taking a left up onto the ridge. There is a small cave on the hillside, which I hadn’t noticed before. (See photo above.) I couldn’t see that far into the cave. It looked like it was blocked off but I only checked it out for a minute before continuing on my hike.

For the most part, this is a pretty mild hike. But the ridge goes up and down such that you end up climbing more than the total elevation gained. I noticed some cougar tracks in mud, which had mostly dried out. And we saw about a dozen deer.

I was somewhat surprised by the lack of snow. There were muddy areas, which suggested to me that some of the recent precipitation had been in the form of rain instead of snow. Snow could easily be seen higher up the mountain.

I hiked along the ridge for about 1 hour and 20 minutes before stopping for a snack on the hillside. I sat down just off a nearby peak to reduce the amount of direct wind, which was pretty cold. By the time I started back down, my hands had become cold but overall the weather wasn’t too bad. These hills will become very hot in a month or so.

I normally find my way back down to the canyon road and take that back to the car. But walking on the road sounded a little boring and so I pretty much took the same path down that I had come up.

Distance Traveled: 5.54 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1,661 Feet
Time on the Mountain: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

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