Floating Trains (03/04/2007) The train company likes to park old rail cars out on the Great Salt Lake where they rust quickly.
Stansbury Island Causeway (03/04/2007) This picture shows the Stansbury Island Causeway with the Stansbury Mountains in the distance.
The Great Salt Lake (03/04/2007) Standing on the Stansbury Causeway, I am looking across the Great Salt Lake to the Oquirrh Mountains.
Stansbury Island Trail (03/04/2007) This trail on Stansbury Island is popular for cyclists. You can see a dot which is a four wheel drive vehicle about 4/5th up the trail.
Stansbury Island Trail (03/04/2007) The Stansbury Mountain Bike Trail is open for much of the year. This picture was taken in March while the Wasatch was covered in snow.
Stansbury Island (03/04/2007) This picture shows Stansbury Island from the causeway.
Stansbury Island Causeway (03/04/2007) The lake level changes. The last time I was at Stansbury Island, you could not see water, just mud flats. In the recent past, the whole road was under water.
Salty Foam (03/04/2007) There is interesting salty foam pushed against the shoreline of the Stansbury Causeway.
Stansbury Mountains (03/04/2007) This picture from the Stansbury Causeway shows the Great Salt Lake in the foreground and Stansbury Mountains in the distance. The tallest mountain in the range is Deseret Peak. I80 is on the stip between the lake and mountain.
Stansbury Ridge (03/04/2007) Because someone was doing target practice on the trail, we walked over this ridge.
Ridge (03/04/2007) I took this picture because it has the ridge and lake in the distance.
Stansbury Island (03/04/2007) The Stansbury Mountain Bike Trail goes through the small ravine. You can see the dot of a car in the picture. That guy was target shooting with a high powered rifle.
Winter Flower (03/04/2007) This tiny little flower was blooming on Stansbury Island on March 5. Stansbury Island is popular with local flower enthusiasts as it is the first place to bloom in the Salt Lake Valley each year.
The Stansbury Mountains are on the West side of the Tooele Valley. The highest elevation in the range is Deseret Peak with an elevation of 11,031 feet.
The northern section of the range dips into the Great Salt Lake to form Stansbury Island. Since the Great Salt Lake is a landlocked, the elevation of the lake changes with each passing year. When the lake is low, Stansbury Island is more of a peninsula than an island. During flood years, the causeway to the island might be inundated.
Stansbury Island is popular with Salt Lake native plant enthusiasts as it is the first place in the Salt Lake Metro area to bloom each year. There is also a popular 9.8 mile mountain bike trail on the mountain, which is accessible during much of the winter.
We took a drive out to Stansbury Island on March 5th for a short walk along the trail. There were several people out doing target practice. I've occasionally have come across irresponsible people who shoot over trails. So rather than taking the trail, we just headed up the ridge. Unfortunately, a group of people people started shooting automatic weapons on the other side of the ridge. We actually came across four groups of shooters on the island.
There is a large "No Trespassing" sign on the Stansbury Island Road. So, apparently the northern portions of the island are off limits to the public.
Giving up one Antelope Island, we decided to drive toward Grantsville and ended up walking along the Mack Canyon Road.