Monday, November 28, 2016

Hiking Grove Creek Canyon

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Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
Grove Creek Canyon is located to the east of Pleasant Grove, Utah. It leads you through a somewhat narrow canyon, that eventually connects with the Great Western Trail. Along the way you'll have an amazing view of South Mt. Timpanogos, and pass two waterfalls - the first which is inaccessible, and the 2nd you could probably find a way down to yet wouldn't be easy. Most hikers and runners enjoy viewing the waterfalls from the trail, as it looks directly down to them. At the top of the 2nd waterfall there is a bench to take in the view and a bridge that crosses the creek. This is where most people turn around, making a nice 4 mile RT hike. Dogs are allowed off leash on this trail, but I would avoid hiking it when it's really hot outside - there is zero shade. As always, bring plenty of water for both you and your dogs. Dogs can easily drink from the stream at the bridge.

From SLC, drive south on I-15 and take exit 275. Drive on Pleasant Grove Blvd, straight across Main St. Turn left on S 100 E, then right onto E 500 N. Drive to the very end of this road where you'll see the sign for Grove Creek Canyon TH. Here is a map.

Distance: 4 miles RT (to the bridge)
Elevation gain: 1,500 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, however some sections of the trail are very narrow. Hold hands with the little ones on those sections.
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Driving up to the TH, you should see the Grove Creek sign.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Starting out, walk up the very wide dirt road and you'll pass by this sign.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Continue up the wide dirt road, and after about 10 minutes of hiking you'll see a small trail split off to the left. You'll need to turn there.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Just after the trail split, the trail gets really steep for about 20-30 feet.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 The trail eventually makes one switchback, chasing directions from East to West. You should have a great view of Pleasant Grove and Utah Lake.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 You'll see what looks like another trail split - they both end up the same place. Going left is easier.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 After the 2nd switchback, you should have an awesome view of Grove Creek Canyon and the Timpanogos ridge.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 The trail does have a few spots where the trail drops off to the right. If you have little kids, this is the section you may want to keep a close on them. 
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Looking back down the trail. Utah lake in the distance.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 The group leads the way...Just after this rocky section, keep an eye down in the bottom of the canyon for the first waterfall. You may not be able to view it in summer with all the leaves still on the trees. If you aren't looking for it, you'll definitely miss it.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Around 1 3/4 mile in, you should clearly be able to see the 2nd waterfall. Continue hiking until you reach the bridge.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 There was a winter storm 2-3 days before we hiked here, and ice still covered some of the rocks.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 More of the ice-covered stream at the bridge.
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Charlie looks very suspicious....maybe he should be! 
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
 Our Meetup group, Hiking in Utah with Our Dogs! This hike we had about 13 people and 15 dogs. The dogs love hiking as a pack!
Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
Trail map via Gaia GPS.

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1 comment:

  1. I really need to do a hike with all these dogs!! So cute:) Beautiful photos of the ice:)

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