Butterfield Canyon

Posted: 28th May 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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After a pretty aggressive hike last week, I went back to Butterfield canyon again today. As I often do, I took the ridge that runs along the south side of the main canyon road.

The Salt Lake weather continues to be pretty unpredictable as rain was again in the forecast. But the weather turned out nice and the hills continue to look greener than they generally are.

The gate is still closed for the Winter, although I expect it to open before long. When the gate is open, you can drive up the canyon, which provides easy access to additional hiking areas.

The route I took is not very aggressive but instead travels up and down along the hills. I made a point to hit a few steep sections to get a bit of a workout.

I didn’t see much wildlife today, but saw more hikers and horse riders than usual. The dog ran off a few times and may have seen something I missed. However, I did see a wild turkey and even a hummingbird.

One thing nice about this hike is that it’s a great place to get outdoors, and you can decide how far you want to go. Later in the Summer, it will be a little to hot for most people. But it’s really nice during the Spring.

Elevation: 6,686 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1,745 Feet
Distance Traveled: 6.01 Miles
Time on Mountain: 3 Hours 8 Minutes

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