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Thursday, October 9, 2008

another day . . . another hike




One of my favorite things that gets me up and going and out of the house every single morning is hiking the hills of Alpine with some good friends. We make an effort to get out and do some walking and hiking just about every weekday and sometimes on Saturdays! I live in such a beautiful, perfect place for walking the hills and hiking the trails, I have gorgeous views just about every day of my life, no matter what the seasons. It's something I am truly grateful for and never cease to marvel and find beauty and joy in Heavenly Father's creations that are all around me.

Over the last couple weeks one of my friends, Ilene, decided we should do some hiking over the hills and into the neighboring community of Draper where a new LDS temple is just about finished and ready for the open house and dedication. She was certain that if we planned it right we could go over our Alpine mountain and come down right behind the new Draper temple. So she and I got online (the wonders of modern internet technology) and after consulting Google Earth, maps and the many mountain bikers online sites came up with a great route for traveling over the hills of Alpine and dropping into Draper right behind the temple. We were eager to explore this option and as we didn't know how many sunny hiking days we have left before the snow falls in the mountains, decided we better get hiking!

It turned out to be much simpler than we ever thought, although we did have some fun adventures along the way. We left home just before 9:00 am and parked our car on the west side of Alpine, just below the old Hog Hollow dirt road that leads up the canyon to the saddle at the top, just below Lone Peak. It was a beautiful sunny day and not too hot. I brought Cleo and Conan along, our two large salt and pepper labradors, who were raring to go for a grand outdoor mountain adventure. Because of the short notice, only a few of us were available to go - so it was myself, Ilene, and Shea who made the trip up the mountain and down the other side.

We made very good time and arrived at the top, so to speak, where the dirt road opens up just East of the new Suncrest neighborhood, about 10:30 am. There is a big open space where many dirt roads and trails of all shapes and sizes seem to merge and diverge off into every direction imaginable. Some off to the top of Lone Peak, others to the East and into Draper, some to the East and down into the Fork Canyon area. Hmmmm . . . . which road to take, there were so many to choose from. We meandered along the saddle for about an hour taking in the views from the tops of various hilltops and speculating on which way might lead back down to Alpine by perhaps a different route. Finally, we realized we needed to get back down the hill into Draper to meet up with our carpool ride back around the mountain to Alpine.

We decided on one trail that took us down a dangerously steep and slippery slope thinking we knew where we were going, but in reality ended up in a dead end which required that we hike back up the same hill. Our next option was a well made mountain bike trail called Clark's Trail. We saw a few hikers come up the trail and a couple bikers also. After our first wrong turn we decided it was probably our safest route to take. It turned out to be a gorgeous trail, certainly well worth the hike over the mountain to get to the top of the trailhead in the Corner Canyon area. The trail begins at the east side of the open area where all the trails merge, and goes off to the left down into the wooded canyon. On Draper's trail map it is noted as the Corner Canyon Walking Trail.

It took us only about 20 minutes to get down the hill. Just as we were wondering how close we would end up to the temple, we came around a corner and there it was right in front of us. Success! We made it just like we hoped and had a great adventure along the way, lots of time for good female conversation and catching up on homes, families, and kids! We already have our next adventure all planned out. This time up to the top and back down again into the Fort Canyon area . . . hmmm . . . . hopefully Google earth can help us figure that one out also!

1 comment:

Karianne said...

Mom that's so neat! I totally wanna do that hike sometime! Maybe before it's wintertime... But your blog looks so cute and there's a lot of fun stuff. I like the entry about our nice hike :) love ya!

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