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Neffs Canyon Trail - Wildcat Ridge Wasatch

Wildcat Ridge and the Salt Lake Valley from the Meadow.

 

Description: From the parking lot, the trail leads up to a service road. As you hike the road, turn around and glance at the Salt Lake Valley. About a half-mile later, the roads ends and you reach the trailhead. Stay to the left. The trail follows the Wildcat drainage and becomes steeper from here. The day I snowshoed the canyon, I felt like I was living in two seasons at once. The right ridge has plenty of winter snow and the left ridge looked like summer. “Hiking season is just around the corner,” I thought. As you hike the ridge, the jagged rock formations on Wildcat Ridge inspire you to contiune your steep climb to the meadow. The meadow appears without warning, like a hidden Christmas gift that you discovered in the trees.

Getting there: Directions: At the stop sign, on Mill Creek Canyon Road, take a right onto Parkview Drive. From Parkview Drive, take a left at Park Terrace, than left at White Way and park at the trailhead parking lot.

 

-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: Meadow

Distance: 5 miles

Time: 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,230 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 40.6771696 , -111.7790988

Difficulty: 5
 

 

First published 2006-03-16