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Part two of my nature day weekend.
After hiking up and down Ensign Peak, and getting all the crap out of my lungs. (side note: seriously, I hacked and coughed and flubbered the whole way up Ensign Peak, but was perfectly fine after resting at the top. I guess it helped to exercise some.) We then decided to take a walk through Memory Grove.
Directions: Just below the capital. If you seriously can’t find it, Google map it.
Of course this is never as easy as it appears. The defunct hard wireing in my brain mixed up the two aspects of Memory Grove and I took us towards the entrance to Gravity Hill rather than the entrance to the park itself... so after some adventuring in the avenues, and readjusting my bearings we enter the park.
Of course there is the beginning section, which is basically a War Veteran monument park. Really pretty place to just chill and hang and have a picnic, while being surrounded by monuments that seem to have been stolen from just about every major human era you can think of. Okay that was snarky, true but snarky. They are really cool none the less.
I forget what this is called, but looks Roman.
No Image but there is an Egyptian Pillar as well. :)
On a side note, the park seems to have recovered just fine from the random, out of no where tornado we had back in 99. Not the video I was looking for, but it gets my point across. I know this is a major segue, but its been a topic lately I have been thinking about and discussing, as ridiculous as it seems to non Utahans to have freaked out as much as we did over what was it a class 3 tornado... we don’t get tornado’s in metropolitan areas, and it was just very random and extreme to all of us mountain folk.
Back to the topic at hand. After this area we head down the Memory Grove trail. Past what we used to refer as the alter, which apparently has just been named the Austin Stairs. The erected a giant stone atop the alter/drinking fountain that states Austin Stairs. wooooo.
One of the 4 Pentagrams that are in each surrounding corner of the Austin Stairs. Still wonder why we referred to it as the alter?
We then traveled further down the trail towards what we have always referred to as the witches hut.
The Witches Hut.
I am certain this was not an actual witches hut. In fact due to all the man made waterfalls and bridges and tubes within City Creek, I personally think this was once a water purification station, or maybe a mill. Of course maybe some degenerate witch lived here. Who knows. I was unable to find ANY information on the web regarding these ruins. I did however run across this... short story.. which while juvenile, is an interesting story and provides more folklore than even I have heard of this place. Also helps to explain the interesting energy vibes that exist during dusk.
One of the cute bridges over City Creek
Back down the trail. Now this trail, this is what I would call an easy trail. You have 2 options. Easy, and SUPER easy. You can take the paved road to the left, or the foot path to the right. Both of which a fairly flat and easy to walk down. Both stay relatively close to City Creek. Random useless act for today's writings: Most of City Creek is in fact located directly BENEATH Salt Lake City. It comes down this canyon, though this park and then disappears underground (manmade) at Brigham Young Park. When the Mormons built the new conference center, the waterfall was their way of bringing City Creek back to the city a little bit anyway. Also interestingly enough, City Creek is the body of water that caused the Salt Lake floods of 83.
Thank you Mr scientific. Moving along the trail, which is far prettier than Ensign Peak trail, as its wooded, and has a creek running next to it. After passing a few bridges and man made waterfalls we pass this pipe.
We continued up the trail and it did begin to incline. Not sure time wise but my guess is maybe 20-30 minutes in depending on how fast you walk. We went uphill a bit and crossed this rickety old bridge?
I don’t know if it is still considered a bridge when it stays against the side of a cliff... which happens to overhang a man made waterfall? Either way. it was a little weird, then directly after, it appears someone needs to ADD to the rickety old bridge because there is a very small ledge you had to side step across that had a short 20 foot drop off into the creek.
The trail continued to... dissipate. Not quite the word I want, it seemed to be less beaten, and had smaller clearances to the trees. My comment was it started to look like a hobbit trail. It then proceeded to arrive to a cliff next to another waterfall. The trail itself started to zigzag up around the cliff, and fork off. This was about the part we decided we were done. So we turned around and went back the way we came.
Final Analysis. Easy Easy Easy hike. Very pretty. Combination of Nature, and man made artistic monuments, strewn not just in the park park, but throughout the trail as well. Downsides: Popular, and also an off leash dog trail. watch for plops, and smells of wet dog in areas.
That was my nature day. What started as a I need to get out of the house and do something in nature day ended in some fun adventuring. We have also decided to attempt to do a hiking day at least once a week. Not only for the nature fix, but we could really use the exercise once in a while too. :)
Didn’t have the squirrel system then, but would go with an 8 out of 10.