day hike: slate rock peak

Slate Rock Peak is a nondescript summit in the Stansbury Mountains southwest of Grantsville, and hiking it presents a fun change of pace to trekking the Wasatch. The last time the Mountain Club scheduled this event we were accompanied by soaring raptors looping and swooping most of the day overhead, hiked within a few feet of a week old fawn, and had a mature mountain lion leap across our path thirty feet ahead of us. We followed game trails thru stands of old trees where the build-up of pine needles made footing springy and bouncy as if we were dancing across mattress displays at RC Willey. We'll start out on a road but our itinerary is to hike mostly on game trails - which we'll change multiple times - as we contour around hiking a mostly clockwise loop climbing a total of 2787 feet. Keep in mind that the Stansbury's present a dryer climatic zone than the Wasatch Front so a minimum of two liters of water is recommended for this event; also, everyone should bring a lunch for a mid-hike summit lunch stop along with energy foods and their normal 10E's. Meet Elliott (801-969-2846) in the west-side parking lot north of the Taco Stand of Backcountry.Com located on 3200 West and Parkway Boulevard (2670 South) to carpool or caravan at 8:00am.

Level:MOD
Vertical:2787'
Route:Loop
Organizer:Elliott Mott
Phone:801-969-2846
Date:Sun Jun 10 2012
Meeting Place:West parking lot of Backcountry.Com, north of the Taco Stand, located on 3200 West and 2670 South in West Valley City.
Meeting Time:8:00 am
Carpool Place:West parking lot of Backcountry.Com, north of the Taco Stand, located on 3200 West and 2670 South in West Valley City.
Carpool Time:8:00 am

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