GWT: Dry Canyon Trail #049
ElevationAscent: 3,113' 949 m
Descent: -974' -297 m
High: 8,307' 2,532 m
Low: 5,461' 1,665 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)
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“A variable trail with a variety of surfaces and views in the foothills of Mount Timpanogos.”— Tomsen Reed
There are also a series of spur trails from this meadow, which can be confusing. To stay on the GWT: Dry Canyon Trail follow the dry creek bed, but stay on the trail that's just a bit up out of it. A little more than a mile in on the trail, you'll enter into a slightly more developed forest that offers some of the first real shade along the trail.
A little over 2 miles in, the trail starts to get a bit steeper, and emerges from the forest on a loose, rocky trail that splits from the main Dry Canyon drainage and heads up the middle of a series of erosion control terraces until it finally reaches the high point of the trail—the saddle below Big Baldy. There are some good views from this saddle of Cascade Mountain and southern Utah Valley, as well as some good views to the north, and of Mount Timpanogos.
From the Big Baldy Saddle, the trail descends for the first time, via a series of nice, gradual switchbacks through some aspens and pines, and then after the switchbacks continues to descend as it heads toward the start of the Battle Creek Trail. There are a few fun, rocky sections through here as well as beautiful stands of aspen trees and meadows.
After meeting up with the Battle Creek Trail, the trail stops descending and starts to ascend slowly through the same meadows towards Grove Creek Canyon, but before it reaches the Grove Creek Trail, this segment transitions into the GWT: Timpooneke-Chris Flat Trail.
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Land Manager: USFS - Uinta, Wasatch & Cache National Forests Office
Sep 6, 2019: Snoqualmie Fire September 7, 2019 Update