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Friday, May 13, 2011

Mountain Roads, Trails Are Slow To Open This Season

Today I enjoyed a fun hike to the lower waterfall in Bells Canyon, in SE Salt Lake Valley. The weather was perfect, warm but not too hot, and the waterfall is spectacular.

I was surprised to find deep snow on the trail in some spots. Just below the waterfall we had to hike through a long section where the trail was completely covered by snow.

Other hikers report similar conditions on many mountain trails. They are slow to open up this year, because of all the snow that fell during winter and spring.

Mountain roads like Hwy 150 will also be slow to open. This article has information about road openings. It may be mid-June before some mountain roads will open.

The trailhead for the Bells Canyon hike is at 10245 South on Wasatch Blvd. It is well marked and easy to find. The hike is moderately strenuous. It is only 4 miles round trip to the lower falls, but it is ratted as moderate because it is very steep.

It was a fun hike, well worth the effort.

- Dave Webb

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