Butterfield Peaks, Butterfield Canyon

Posted: 10th September 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Hiking
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Last night I took  a quick evening hike up to Dog Lake (Mill Creek Canyon). It was great to have a bit cooler temperatures. I didn’t want anything too major today and decided to head up again to Butterfield Canyon.

This is a hike I’ve done several times before but never as far as I went today. A couple of times I was hiking in the evening and just didn’t want to go that far. All the rest of the times it rained! And I turned back out of fear of lightening.

I actually hiked up a dirt road, which I don’t do that often. The first time I took this road was in the Spring and it was incredibly green with tall grass and thick vegetation. Even today, when most of this area is brown, parts of this trail are still fairly green.

Much of this hike is through the trees in some very nice areas. Eventually, the trail becomes more exposed and rocky. It also gets steeper until you get up on a fairly level ridge. Finally, the section between this ridge and the antenna is the steepest of all. Actually, I left the dirt road for this final section, heading straight up to the top of a ridge.

I’ve hiked all over this area but have never reached a couple of antennas at the end of this trail. So today I finally made it up there today. This really rounds out the trails I’ve hiked (and bushes I’ve whacked) in this area.

The dog struggled a bit in the heat but temperatures were actually cooler today (around 80 degrees). When we reached the antenna, there was a nice breeze and I felt great. In fact, the clouds began to increase and it started to feel almost fall-like. Much of the walk back was incredibly nice.

When I reached the antenna, a worker was there building a “power station” for one of the antennas. I stopped and talked with him a while. He told me that both antennas were owned by UTA. That’s the Utah Transit Authority, who own the bus and light rail systems in Salt Lake City.

There are a number of dirt roads that provide access to these antennas. However, they are all gated.

Because that last stretch was so steep, I took a more casual walk back on one of the dirt roads. As we descended into the trees, there is a cabin, which I’ve hiked to once before in Winter.

For whatever reason, I seemed to have got everything right today as I really felt great walking back. I strongly recommend this hike, even though it’s actually private property and it appears hikers aren’t necessarily wanted in this area (although I doubt anyone would saying anything and even if they did, it would probably only be to tell you to leave).

I would especially recommend this hike in the Spring when everything is very green.

Butterfield Peaks: 8,215 Feet
Altitude Gained: 2,076 Feet
Distance Traveled: 4.27 Miles
Time on Mountain: 2 Hours and 28 Minutes


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