Summer! Hiking! We were excited. After getting rained out the week before, clear weather and sunny skies brought us back to Ferguson Canyon. Anxious to be more active and attack an all-day hike, we decided to hike the Ferguson Canyon trail to the top. It turned out to be an ambitious (long) and vigorous (freakin’ tiring) hike. I’m not sure it was worth the nine miles, six hours of hiking…
To get to Ferguson Canyon, follow I-215 towards the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. This is also the way to Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird Winter Ski Resorts, exit 6200 South.
Follow Wasatch Boulevard, going south. When you intersect Fort Union Boulevard (or 7000 South), you will see a 7-11 on the corner. Keep heading south up the hill.
Atop the hill, take the first left at the light, Honeywood Cove Drive. If you hit Bengal Boulevard, you’ve gone too far. This will take you into a residential neighborhood, going up a somewhat steep hill. Watch for and turn left at Top of the World Drive. Eventually this road turns into Prospector Drive.
Take a right on Timberline Drive and you’ll see parking stalls on the right side of the road. If you don’t find parking in the first section, go down a bit and see if there are any spots below. Otherwise, you can park on the street.
Dogs are allowed on this trail — we saw a lot of dogs… But no camp fires, be forewarned.
To the overlook, it’s only about 3.5 miles — 2 hours or so. This is totally worth it. It may be a bit steep at parts, but the trail is well-shaded and runs along a creek. There are a criss-crosses through the creek, but sandals or water proof shoes aren’t essential. Trees and rocks are fairly stable to help you cross and not get wet.
Near the beginning of the trail, you’ll usually see some climbers — fantastic routes in there… probably too difficult for me, sadly.
As the trail starts to steer away from the creek, you’ll know you are getting close to the turnoff for the overlook — don’t worry, it’s fairly obvious. Do go out and see the view of the Valley. Do scramble up on the rocks and get a few good photos in. Keep in mind as we saw a couple come up the other side of the rocks, we were advised not to scramble and climb up the short cut to get to the overlook.
With great ambition, we wanted to hike all the way to the top — Storm Mountain? We are very sure where we were going, but we just headed up.
There was a lot of bushwacking. There was very little shade. There was a lot of shrubbery and thorns. It wasn’t that pleasant — no. Lots of stopping in the tiny bits of shade, a snack and pounds of sweat trickled off our bodies later… we finally reached the top. Wait, did I say the top? After circling around the “top,” we were all very sad to realize we did not hit the peak just yet. We only got to the fault-line! But we still have the photos to prove our conquering hike.
A very satisfying lunch of deli meat and cheese sandwiches (plus some fruit) later, we were eager to descend and get back to modern conveniences (toilet, car, television, comfy sofa).
I’m still weighing the value of going to the top, uh, I mean fault-line… And there was still that part of me that wanted to keep going to see if we would ever reach the peak! Perhaps next time? Meh… maybe not so much… ha! We’ll have to see… The super tan I acquired on my shoulders still don’t match any part of my body…