The walk began from the parking lot east of the Utah State Capitol Building. I started walking down the one-way road to where the City Creek Road split off and headed up the Canyon. As I walked the road east of the Capitol down, I looked across the canyon and wondered how I could get onto the other end of this road, so I could drive to the City Creek parking area, instead of walk past it after the turnoff. I thought that if I got back down soon enough, I would drive over to the other side and see if I could find the road.
One of the decisions I had made was whether or not to wear my ski jacket or my thick flannel shirt that I got for Christmas. The flannel was really warm, even for flannel so I thought I might be okay with just that. I decided on the flannel and left the ski jacket in my vehicle. At first, I thought I had made a mistake because the morning air (I began hiking at 7:51) was cold and there was a light breeze that was freezing my face. Later on though, after walking for a while, the flannel seemed to be perfect.
I got to the gate at the far end of the canyon parking lot and looked at the map.
clouds were amazing as I hiked. I took several shots of them and could have taken many more.
side trails, and there was a trail that paralleled the road for much of the distance.
I had climbed over 200 floors on the stair climber the day before, but I soldiered on.
Just after the three mile mark I passed a building marked "City Creek" which I think was the water providing utility for part of Salt Lake County. About a quarter mile past that, prior to the 3.5 mile mark, the plowing ended and a packed snow trail took off along the road.
|The plowing ended about 180 yards shy of the 3.5 mile mark.|
|The trail after I reached Rotary Park became much less used.|
|The turn-around before the final gate.|
|The Meadow Trail, heading up after the final gate.|
|Sparkling ice crystals in the snow, hard to capture with a camera.|
|Service vehicles? Always present? I think they're exaggerating.|
|I'm always looking for great picnic sites like this one.|
In all, counting the extra walk from the Capital Building, I had covered 13.2 miles.
Since my legs were so tired, I really wanted to go find out where that road started on the other side of the canyon so I would never have to park at the Capitol and walk that stretch again, so that's what I did. It wasn't until I got home and began looking at pics that I noticed the coordinates for that one way road were on the lower left corner of the map in the picture of the map above. By the time I was done with that, I was starving. I had only packed a peanut butter and jam sandwich, which I had eaten at just after 9 am, and a banana, which I ate on the way down. I was thinking that I could probably eat half a pizza, which reminded me of when I had done the Half Dome hike in Yosemite, a 17 miler with lots of steep parts and I had only taken six Clif Bars along. That provided about 1200 calories. The strenuousness of that hike burned about 4000-5000 calories. When I got back to Curry Village that day, I ordered and ate a whole pizza. I wasn't feeling quite that hungry this day, but I was pretty famished. I ended up ordering takeout at Pat's BBQ, and then as I neared home, I ordered something from Sonic. I had been thinking about picnics for much of the day.
|A list of the picnic areas in City Creek|