ElevationAscent: 1,534' 468 m
Descent: -243' -74 m
High: 8,379' 2,554 m
Low: 6,948' 2,118 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A forested trail with alpine vistas that ends at one of the coldest places in Utah, Peter Sinks.”— Tomsen Reed
If running this in the winter, bring extra clothing because the Peter Sinks area can get very cold, a lot colder than the surrounding areas.
At this point, most of the climbing has been done and the trail drops into a pretty flat section through a beautiful conifer forest as it contours around a mountain, and eventually drops down into a large deforested basin with a small pond to the right of the trail. This is a beautiful area, especially in the morning as the sunlight breaks through and shines on the dew that rests on the grasses and sagebrush in the basin. However, just as quickly as the forest opened up into the basin, it swallows the trail again as it ascends slowly to the high point of the trail. From the high point in the forest, the trail drops quickly via a set of short switchbacks into the Peter Sinks area, which is a great contrast to the forest that the trail has been going through for most of its course. Peter Sinks is a vast, almost treeless basin with expansive views in all directions. It has a lot of sagebrush and grasses, but trees only very sparsely populate this area, which is most likely due to the temperatures. On just about any given day, the sinks are generally about 10-15 degrees cooler than the surrounding areas. It is a great area though.
After dropping into the Peter Sinks area, the trail continues for another half mile or so, passing by large cairns (many of them are about 2 feet tall) along a really neat rocky ridge that separates two parts of the sinks, which allows for great views of the talus in the sinks, as well as the rock outcroppings above. The trail ends at a sign and converges with a dirt road.
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