Here’s a tidy loop hike I only noticed the day before I tried it. In retrospect, I think it was probably a touch aggressive and had I known what I was getting into, I probably would not have chosen this route on this day, but it was overall enjoyable.
The Phelps Canyon trail has some beautiful views of the northen end of Utah Valley.
At about 1.5 miles up the trail, the trail disappears.
With GPS, I was able to occasionally find bits of the trail.
A panorama of the lost trail. Fortunately there was a lot of wildflowers and bees to keep me company.
While the trail had disappeared and the hike turned into a bushwhack, it was a pretty bushwhack as far as bushwhacks go. Great view of the Little Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline.
Once I reached the ridge between Dry Creek and Phelps, the trail was mostly clear again.
A view of Phelps Canyon and burn scars from the 2012 fire.
I think I might try this trail again, but would stick closer to the ridge once I got to mile 2 of the Phelps Canyon trail. The reviews of this hike are enjoyable to read now that I’ve done the hike. I’m glad I didn’t read these before I tried this, otherwise I might not have done the hike at all. I am also glad that I didn’t hike this loop clockwise, coming down Phelps Canyon trail.