Neff's Canyon

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Intrepid HikerIntrepid Hiker (05/10/2009) A hiker braves the torrent of the might creek Neff in the Wasatch Mountains.

WaterleafWaterleaf (05/10/2009) The shy Waterleaf flower is a favorite of the Wasatch.

Tomorrows WaterleafTomorrows Waterleaf (05/10/2009) This waterleaf has it debut planned for the day after Mother's Day.

Neff CreekNeff Creek (05/10/2009) Due to deep limestone chasms, Neff Creek only flows a few weeks each year. The creek was diverted through this canal.

Box Elder RootsBox Elder Roots (05/10/2009) Roots on display in Neff Canyon.

An amateur damAn amateur dam (05/10/2009) Someone put this wooden dam on Neff Creek. My guess is they wanted a pond for dogs.

Defensive PositionDefensive Position (05/10/2009) Four little trees give their all for this tree house being built in Neff Canyon.

Dam and StairwayDam and Stairway (05/10/2009) Someone is spending a great deal of time on this project with a dam, a treehouse and stair dug into the hillside.

Amateur DamAmateur Dam (05/10/2009) Amateur engineers dare to dam the might Neff. They put in a stairway and a tree platform as well.

Wilting LiliesWilting Lilies (05/10/2009) Glacial lilies in their last days in Neff Canyon on Mother's Day 2009.

LizardLizard (08/22/2008) A little critter alongside the Neff Creek Trail.

Wilderness AreaWilderness Area (08/22/2008) The Neff Creek trail enters the wilderness area a mile or so up the canyon.

Six Cone FlowersSix Cone Flowers (08/22/2008) Six cone flowers found growing along the Neff Creek trail.

ConeflowersConeflowers (08/22/2008) A close up of wild coneflowers in Neff Canyon.

Steep TrailSteep Trail (08/22/2008) The Neff Canyon trail gets steep as it heads into the Mount Olympus Wilderness area.

Climbing through the WoodsClimbing through the Woods (08/22/2008) The Neff Canyon trail winds between pine trees. The trail is rather steep in this section.

Tree StepsTree Steps (08/22/2008) The roots of this pine tree make three massive steps along the Neff Canyon Trail. Each of the steps is about one dog in height.

Wash OutWash Out (08/22/2008) Several sections of the Neff Canyon trail are washed out.

Limestone CliffLimestone Cliff (08/22/2008) A limestone escarpment juts out of the green vegetation that lines the walls of Neff Canyon in the Wasatch.

Neff Creek BridgeNeff Creek Bridge (08/22/2008) This bridge across Neff Creek has seen better days. This plank nailed to a tree is pretty much all that is left in place.

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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 (434 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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