Neff's Canyon

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Trees in WinterTrees in Winter (02/01/2007) Snow on tree trunks creates intricate texture.

Neff Canyon ParkNeff Canyon Park (02/01/2007) Snow covers the trees in the small park at the confluence of Neff Creek and its South Fork.

Bending TreesBending Trees (02/01/2007) Trees bend toward the open space of the Neff Canyon Trail.

Arching TreesArching Trees (02/01/2007) Trees, burdened by their winter load, arch over the trail.

Through the TreesThrough the Trees (02/01/2007) Trees bend under the weight of their winter load.

BurdockBurdock (09/05/2007) Burdock going to seed in Neff Canyon.

Tree TrunksTree Trunks (09/05/2007)

Common BurdockCommon Burdock (09/05/2007) Common Burdock in Neff Canyon.

WaterleafWaterleaf (05/25/2008) Waterleaf in Neffs Canyon.

Glacial Lily Going to SeedGlacial Lily Going to Seed (06/16/2008) A view of the glacial lily pods.

Waterleaf PodWaterleaf Pod (06/16/2008) Waterleaf going to seed.

Wild GrassWild Grass (07/02/2008) Grass growing at the base of Neff Canyon.

Mules EarMules Ear (06/16/2008) Mules Ear flower in Neff Canyon

Monster MapleMonster Maple (10/27/2008) A maple tree with large yellow leaves was growing in Neff Creek Canyon. I placed a quarter next to the leaf.

4500 South4500 South (11/24/2008) Looking up 4500 South toward the mouth of Neff Canyon.

Coco and StickCoco and Stick (05/10/2009) A serious design flaw is that the Neff Canyon trail is not wide enough for the dog and stick. Coco skillfully maneuvers the stick up the trail.

Cottonwood FungusCottonwood Fungus (05/10/2009) This multilayered mushroom finds a choice home in the trunk of a dying Cottonwood Tree.

BorageBorage (05/10/2009) A plant with small blue flowers blooming in Neff Canyon.

Glacial LiliesGlacial Lilies (05/10/2009) The last of the glacial lilies in Neff Canyon.

Neff Creek CascadeNeff Creek Cascade (05/14/2009) The cascade near the confluence of Neff Creek and South Fork.

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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 (439 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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