What can I say! Inspiration Point ! . . .
Trip Start Nov 06, 2012
2Trip End Nov 09, 2012
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In our RV at Golden Spike
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Today I caught up with Mike and his wife Margaret. Mike and his wife have been our guides on 2 or 3 outings from Golden Spike. We had planned to leave today but making connections with Mike and his wife had us change plans.. We'd tried to make this connection last week but had to postpone it.. We’re a week past our last snow fall and its been warming some.. We expect snow this weekend and if that snow occurs this outing today would have to put off unless we could do it by snowmobile….
Connie has feelings about being in a Jeep or Truck in 4WD along mountain roads that have steep inclines on either side of the road and no guard rails. Knowing the terrain that we were going to travel and the method we’d need to use to get up into the snow and up the mountain Connie decided not to go but handed me the camera before I left...
Our trip today..
We get the side by side unloaded put our gear into the bed and load up… Mike is a Search & Rescue Sheriff’s Deputy and has his rescue gear with us. As we head up the mountain I’m sitting in the passenger seat sharing that I think his truck would have made the trip up the mountain and we take off… in a matter of a few minutes we’ve passed 4 other quads and keep heading up the hill… as we climb up the mountain I realize right away that we’re climbing rapidly up the side of the mountain and are soon into snow… the snow goes from just a few inches to almost a foot in no time and as we cross one of the ridges onto another mountain we come across a sign that says our altitude above sea level is 9300 ft.. we keep climbing and the road narrows and on the hill side we can see up 500-700 ft up the mountain and on the down hill side we can see down 2500 ft or so… Mike’s talking about the rescues on these mountains over the years and how the folks who travel up here, under estimate the mountain and the steepness of the slops… and the loose rocks, shale on the mountain side.
11 ½ miles from where we left the pickup and trailer we finally make the final switch back on the trail and cross out onto the west side of the mountain and can now see across the Great Salt Lake Basin… and as we crest to Inspiration Point. From the top, we can see into Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada.. it’s a little hazy today.. but we can still see for miles. The Great Salt Lake Basin looks as flat as a pancake and I can’t remember anytime in my life seeing that large of land mass that was so flat..
The view is breathtaking… we can see for miles across the basin… we can see where the standing water has been held back with a dike so that more farm land can be claimed, and in those areas where the water is condensed down and the minerals in the water are harvested…. Like I mentioned above I’ve never seen such a flat piece of ground and this lake bed is huge… the hill side is so steep and we’re at least 4500 ft above the sea floor….
The trip down the mountain was as exciting as the trip up the mountain with the addition of over running 3 or 4 really great looking mule deer doe’s.
Enjoy the photo’s, they don’t do the real country side justice this trip. This would be a great trip back in the summer when it’s clear as a bell… Total travels today in the side by side just a tad over 23 miles…. And about 5 hours of time… BTW the 4 quads we passed finally made it to the top of the mountain before we left…
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LOCATION: In the Wasatch Range, southeast of Brigham City and east of Willard. Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
HIGHLIGHTS: This is an outstanding day trip from the Salt Lake City area. As you climb more than 4,000 feet, the route, which the state of Utah has designated the Willard Scenic Backway, provides spectacular high-elevation scenery, from mountain basins to the spine of the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin. It ends at aptly named Inspiration Point, on 9,422-foot Willard Mountain, named for Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon leader Brigham Young. The route is usually open from mid-July to early October. On a historical note, uncontrolled fires and abuse of the land denuded Willard Basin, which you’ll pass along the way, early in the 20th century. That led to destructive floods. Environmental restoration (you’ll see terracing on the slopes) in the 1930s stabilized the area and restored its beauty.