Neff's Canyon

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PhloxPhlox (05/22/2006)

PhloxPhlox (05/22/2006)

Close Up of PhloxClose Up of Phlox (05/22/2006) A close up of Phlox in Neff Canyon.

PhloxPhlox (05/22/2006) I am tempted to say that this is Phlox longifolia.

Bubbling BrookBubbling Brook (05/22/2006) The creek is bubbling with Spring Run Off.

Sweet PeaSweet Pea (05/22/2006)

False Solomon SealFalse Solomon Seal (05/22/2006) Flower of the False Solomon Seal (also known as the Spikenar). I believe the scientific name is Smilacina racemosa.

Sweet PeaSweet Pea (05/22/2006)

Yellowish FlowerYellowish Flower (05/22/2006) Yellow flower with the double umbel of the Apiaceae family

Choke CheryChoke Chery (05/22/2006) Choke Cherry blooms on road cut in Neff Creek Canyon.

PenstemonPenstemon (05/22/2006)

PenstomenPenstomen (05/22/2006) Light blue Penstomen in Neff Canyon.

PenstemonPenstemon (05/22/2006) A light blue Penstomen in Neff Creek Canyon.

BoraginaceaeBoraginaceae (05/22/2006) A small light blue flower, most likely a Boraginaceae

Boraginaceae.Boraginaceae. (05/22/2006) Small white/blue flower growing in Neff's Canyon. It is probably a Boraginaceae, and looks a lot like a Forget-Me-Not.

Caterpillar MuchiesCaterpillar Muchies (05/22/2006) A caterpillar munching down on small white flowers.

PenstemonPenstemon (05/22/2006)

Neff Creek CanyonNeff Creek Canyon (05/22/2006) Lower part of the Neff Canyon Trail.

PhloxPhlox (05/22/2006)

YarrowYarrow (05/22/2006) Yarrow in bloom.

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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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