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Jardine Juniper from Cottonwood Canyon

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 4.7 (3)

A steep but lovely trail leading to one of the oldest trees in Northern Utah.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

57%

Runnable

6,993' 2,131 m

High

5,667' 1,727 m

Low

1,331' 406 m

Up

5' 2 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

96%

Max Grade (44°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Most of the trail has a steep dropoff on one side, so be careful of your footing as you run because otherwise you could take a nasty tumble.

Description

The bottom portion of this trail has been recently renovated (summer of 2015) and is in great shape, with long switchbacks and low grades that make progress very easy. To get to this trail, you'll need to park at the unmarked Cottonwood Canyon trailhead and go up Cottonwood Canyon for about a quarter of a mile where you'll see a fork in the trailhead going off to the left.

From the fork that leaves the Cottonwood Canyon trail, the trail ascends through the forest that covers the bottom of Cottonwood Canyon and crosses some fallen trees (that have been notched to make them easier to get across) and eventually leaves the forest for a rockier, more exposed patch.

Once the trail reaches this point, it starts to ascend ever more steeply until you reach portions that require scrambling. This portion of the trail was not renovated in the recent work, which means it is a little less distinct, but still not very hard to find. After some steep climbing, it reaches another small set of steep switchbacks that lead right up to the old juniper, along with a small overlook and benches and a sign with information about the amazing tree.

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Stephanie Reed

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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#237

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#6,267

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Photos

A washed out photograph of the old Jardine Juniper, reported to be about 1500 years old, as well as the overlook deck that sits right in front of it.
Aug 31, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A view of some of the cliffs on the east side of Cottonwood Canyon
Aug 31, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
old juniper tree
Jun 10, 2019 near Hyde Park, UT

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