Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 9.9 miles (plus 38 miles by car)
Walking time: 5 1/2 hours
Elevations: 1,080 ft. loss
Trail: This trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail. It is a gentle, downhill walk along a small mountain stream, usually well maintained and easy to follow.
Season: Summer through mid-fall. The road to the upper trailhead is generally closed each year from the end of November until mid-June, and the upper reaches of the trail are very muddy until the end of June. For current conditions call the Price Ranger District, Manti-La Sal National Forest, at (435) 637-2817.
Vicinity: Fifty miles southeast of Spanish Fork, near Scofield
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Fish Creek runs down a wide,
gently sloping canyon from a point near Skyline Drive to the
Scofield Reservoir. The canyon is popular with hunters because
of the abundance of deer and elk in the area. Deer are everywhere,
but the elk seem to prefer grazing in the large, open meadows
high above the south bank of the creek. Take along a pair of
binoculars and stop occasionally to scan these grassy meadows.
If you are attentive you are almost certain to see at least a
few of the magnificent animals.
From Upper Fish Creek Trailhead
the path winds down Straight Fork a distance of 1.9 miles before
reaching the confluence with Fish Creek. Occasionally you may
see other faint trails coming into the canyon, including one
where Straight Fork joins Fish Creek. If you are confused just
take the path that follows closest to the creek; the route never
strays far from the bottom of the valley. Over the length of
the hike the path crosses the creek four times, but for the most
part it stays on the north side of the streambed.
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