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Pine Creek nature trail

Maple trees, shown here in the fall, are plentiful on the Pine Creek Nature Trail.

 

This is a nice, easy nature trail through a Wasatch Mountain State Park campground, ending at a fun boulder field. It would be a good hike for families with young children. From the trailhead, walk west into the woods and bend north when you enter the meadow. After 0.1 mile, you will reach an intersection with a road; cross it and continue north. Keep going north for about a half mile, bypassing spurs and footpaths to campsites and utilities. At 0.55 mile, you will reach a Y; bend left, taking a footpath northwest. At 0.8 mile you will see a junction with a bridge on your right. Donít cross it; just keep going north, on the trail. Shortly after that, you will come to nature signs; keep going north-northwest along the drainage. At 1.1 miles you will reach the boulder field. Play with care and check out the pretty green lichen on the stone.

Getting there: The trailhead is in Pine Creek Campground at Wasatch Mountain State Park, about one mile up Pine Canyon Drive from Burgi Lane in Midway. Turn into the campground, pay the $5 use fee and turn at the second drive to your right into the big parking lot.

 

-- Erin Alberty

Region: Summit County

Destination: Pine Creek boulder field

Distance: 2.4 miles

Time: 1.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 650 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes, leashed

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 1
 

 

First published 2011-11-14