This spring has been cold and wet. And we’ve seen snow late into the year. So K and I have been looking for lower elevation hikes to stay, for the most part, below the snow line. Accessed from Granstville, UT the North Willow Trail was out choice a couple of weeks ago.
Interestingly K and I had both lived, separately, in nearby towns of Stansbury Park and Tooele in years past, but neither of us had taken the opportunity to explore any of the nearby trails at the time. So instead we took the 40 minutes to drive out, with Frank and Bernard, from the Salt Lake valley a couple of weeks ago.
Tooele (pronounced Two-Will-Lah) county is mostly desert, a favorite of K’s, so he had envisioned lost of sagebrush and cactus and dry creek beds. I, on the other hand, had known several people who talked of camping in the Stansbury mountains so knew it more to be forest – my favorite. Actually it turned out to be a nice mix of the two. Once you get off
the main road you are in for a bumpy ride of about 1.5 to 2 miles of rutty and hilly dirt roads. We parked at the campground at the base of the trail head. And while the sign indicated that horses and dirt bikes were allowable on the trail (that’s Tooele County for you) we came across neither as we were out hiking.
What we did come across was a small herd of mule deer, native to the area, that kept a few turns ahead of us up the switchback before heading off on a wildlife trail and further away. It was a nice site to see for about 10 minutes of our trek.
We hadn’t known anything about the trail, how long it was, if we’d come across water, etc. As it turns out it was only about 1.5 miles to the overlook. We did go off trail at the top in order to get a better view of the surrounding valleys but it was oh so worth it!
And of course I had to stop and take pictures of all of the wildflowers that were out already. If you click on the individual images I’ve done my best to identify most of them.