Neff's Canyon

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Neff Creek with WaterNeff Creek with Water (05/14/2009) Neff Creek flows through limestone. For most the year, the creek falls into deep caverns. The creek flows for a few months each Spring.

Crossing the CreekCrossing the Creek (05/14/2009) You might get your feet wet during the difficult crossing of Neff Creek.

Contemplating the MansionContemplating the Mansion (05/14/2009) A man in an orange shirt contemplates the huge house built alongside the water tower at the base of Mt Olympus.

WaterleafWaterleaf (05/14/2009) Waterleaf in the Wasatch Mountains.

CloverClover (07/18/2009) Clover on the Neff Creek Trail.

Inversion LayerInversion Layer (12/22/2009) An inversion layer traps in the fog in Salt Lake City. In a day or two the fog will become smog.

Into the FogInto the Fog (12/22/2009) A look down Neff Trail into the Salt Lake City fog.

Pipe RepairPipe Repair (12/22/2009) The Forest Service (or perhaps county) tore up a section of trail to fix the water pipe.

Trail DestructionTrail Destruction (12/22/2009) The forest service tore up a section of trail to fix a pipe. I suspect there will be quite a few invasive weeds growing along this section of trail next year.

Trail ClosedTrail Closed (12/22/2009) Oops, the trail we were on was closed.

Neff Canyon WallsNeff Canyon Walls (01/02/2010) The limestone wall of Neff Canyon in the Wastach.

Water TankWater Tank (01/02/2010) Looking past the water tank and into Salt Lake City.

Limestone SpiresLimestone Spires (01/02/2010) The snow brings out this collection of limestone spires on the foothill of Mount Olympus.

Spires over NeffsSpires over Neffs (01/02/2010) The limestone rocks over Neffs Canyon.

Mountain Mahogany LeavesMountain Mahogany Leaves (01/02/2010) The Moutain Mahogany is an evergreen tree with short leaves that weather the winter.

Tilted MountainTilted Mountain (01/02/2010) This picture shows the base of the limestone layers that eroded away to expose the face of Mount Olympus.

Neff CanyonNeff Canyon (01/02/2010) Looking into Neff Canyon

Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City (01/02/2010) A view of the building haze in Salt Lake City from Neff Canyon.

Lost GloveLost Glove (01/02/2010) A lost glove was propped up on a barbed wire fence in Neff Canyon

Snow on RocksSnow on Rocks (01/02/2010) Snow on rocks in Neff Canyon

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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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