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Middle Canyon hike provides sample of Oquirrhs’ charms; UPDATE: More pics added

08 Jul

Tooele Valley from Butterfield Pass (photo by Clint Thomsen)

Tooele Valley from Butterfield Pass (photo by Clint Thomsen)

The geologist looks to the Oquirrhs and sees the first full local mountain range inside the Basin & Range physiographic province — a curious stratigraphy of alternating limestone and quartzite layers.

The wildlife biologist sees a vast ecosystem — a de facto wildlife sanctuary, thanks in large part to Kennecott’s access-restricted holdings — containing mule deer, elk, and mountain lion.

The naturalist sees canyon networks lushly choked with Gambel oak and conifer-draped slopes that betray little evidence of human impact.

The historian sees a character-rich tapestry of events and figures — the heart of Utah’s mining history, intricate webs of forgotten trails, and secret canyon ghost towns.

I see a row of alpine sentinels, and between them deep canyons ripe for exploration. Look long enough, and like a daydreamer’s clouds, the Oquirrhs start to resemble things like Mayan pyramids, the islands in Jurassic Park, and Pride Rock from The Lion King.

Who knows what Coulter sees when he looks at the mountains? Adventure, probably — the thrill of the new and strange, or perhaps that innate and inexplicable comfort that mountains afford a Utah boy.

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4 responses to “Middle Canyon hike provides sample of Oquirrhs’ charms; UPDATE: More pics added

  1. Kristine Shreve

    July 8, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip and a beautiful place to hike. The bit about Coulter and his SpongeBob sandals was priceless. I can just see him, all determined and ready to hike the mountains.

     
  2. bonnevillemariner

    July 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I added a couple more pictures just for you, Kristine. The SpongeBob sandals made it to the mountains after all!

     
  3. Kristine Shreve

    July 9, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    The SpongeBob sandals are too cool! You can’t help but love a kid who wants to go hiking in SpongeBob sandals.

     

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