Neff's Canyon

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Autumn LeavesAutumn Leaves (10/31/2005) Autumn leaves in Neffs Canyon. NOTE, JPG compression loses the details in fractal images like leaves.

Granite Rocks and LeavesGranite Rocks and Leaves (10/31/2005) Rocks and leaves define the forest floor in Neffs Canyon.

Enchanting ForestEnchanting Forest (10/31/2005) I alway found this small forest on the south fork of Neffs Canyon enchanting. I remember rich soil in the area when I was a kid.

Canyon ForestCanyon Forest (10/31/2005) The small forest on the South Fork of Neffs Canyon.

Mountain SpringMountain Spring (10/31/2005) A small mountain in the small dale where the south fork and main Neffs Canyon trail part. There is often a puddle of clean water here for dogs to drink.

Neffs Canyon TrailNeffs Canyon Trail (10/31/2005) The main Neffs Canyon Trail.

Water WorksWater Works (10/31/2005) The lower section of Neff's Canyon is dry. This is the remains of water works in the stream.

Broken PipesBroken Pipes (10/31/2005) This is the remains of one of the pipe systems that brought water from the creek. They now let the creek drain into the main Salt Lake Aquifer.

Neff CreekNeff Creek (10/31/2005) There is generally water in the south fork of Neff's canyon year round.

Bottling up the StreamBottling up the Stream (10/31/2005) This old structure would bottle up Neff's Creek. Today the water flows around this contraption.

Water WorksWater Works (10/31/2005) This system was designed to trap the water from the canyon.

Water WorksWater Works (10/31/2005)

The Mighty River NeffThe Mighty River Neff (10/31/2005)

Rocky TerrainRocky Terrain (10/31/2005) Rocky Terrain in Neff Creek Canyon.

Autumn ColorsAutumn Colors (10/31/2005) The south fork trail involves a little bit of scrambling.

BouldersBoulders (10/31/2005) Well placed boulders add to the magic of the canyon.

Side Canyon TrailSide Canyon Trail (10/31/2005) There is a system of side trails to the south of the main Neff Canyon trail.

Neff CanyonNeff Canyon (10/31/2005)

Neff DiversionNeff Diversion (10/31/2005) For some unfathomable reason, someone diverted the river from the main channel through this canal.

Neff Creek DiversionNeff Creek Diversion (10/31/2005) This diversion canal is dug into the sid of Mount Olympus.

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Neff's Canyon

Neff's Canyon is a short yet distinctive canyon just north of Mount Olympus in the Wasatch Mountains. The canyon is a popular location for day hikes in the Salt Lake area. The trail head is at the top of the Olympus Cove. To get to the canyon you will want to take Wasatch Boulevard to Oak View Drive. There is a stop light and pedestrial overpass at this location. You drive east up Oakview Drive. You will then turn left on either Parkview Drive, Matthews Drive or Zarahemla. These roads will bring you to Park Terrace Drive then to the dead end street White Way. The trail head has a large parking lot and a water tank used by Mount Olympus Water.

The canyon drains into an area called the Olympus Cove. The rocks at the entrance to the canyon are limestone. At places in the canyon the strata is vertical. The steep slope of the strata in the area creates both the distinctive face of Mount Olympus and has created the deepest cave in the United States. The cave has a reported depth of 1189 feet. The entrance to the cave is chained off. The National Forest Service guards the key to the cave jealously. The various reports on the cave report that the walls of the cave are crumby and not good for recreational spelunkers.

Context: Hiking

Mount Olympus (136 pictures) Neff Canyon is just north of Mount Olympus.

The Wasatch Mountains (130 pictures) Neff's Canyon is in the Wasatch Range.

Salt Lake City (436 pictures) The canyon provides spectacular views of Salt Lake City.

Wasatch Boulevard (71 pictures) To get to the canyon, turn east off Wasatch Drive at Oakview. There is an overpass and stop light.

Desolation Trail (71 pictures) Neffs Trail eventually joins the Desolation Trail which starts in Mill Creek Canyon.

Mill Creek Canyon (193 pictures) Mill Creek Canyon is to the North of Neffs Canyon.

Winter Wood (54 pictures) Pictures of Neff Canyon on a snowy, foggy day in the middle of the Winter.

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