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Old Jardine Juniper from Wood Camp

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10.2 mile 16.4 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,119' 646 m
Descent: -2,118' -645 m
High: 7,279' 2,219 m
Low: 5,432' 1,656 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Stephanie Reed

A great trail through varying scenery including large mountain vistas and an interesting old tree.

Stephanie Reed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike goes up through several types of landscapes, including pine and aspen forests and sagebrush meadows. Follow the trail up and around a knoll with great views of the mountains in the area. Finish the hike at the oldest living tree in the area, a juniper that is supposedly over 1500 years old.

The trail is also very well kept, and although it never gets very technical, it is still a very fun trail, especially on the way down because the grades never get too steep and so you can get going really quickly.

Description

For the first couple of miles, the trail slowly creeps up through a sagebrush meadow with great views all around of the forests and mountains that surround the area. The trail is a pretty steadily incline, but allows for hiking and there aren't many technical spots at all, as the trail is well-maintained.

After the first two miles you start into a set of switchbacks that goes up through a conifer forest that eventually leads into an aspen grove. From here, the scenery opens up again as you head through a sort of drainage divide where the trail splits. Take the branch that goes up and to the right, as the other trail (which has a sign) drops down into Cottonwood Canyon.

The trail at this point continues to head up and has a few switchbacks as it gets closer to the top of the knoll that sits between Wood Camp and Cottonwood Canyon. Once the trail gets closer to the top, there are a set of signs that say "Scenic Route" pointing to the right, and "Shady Route" on the left. Either route can be taken, and they are both great trails. The trail to the right does offer great views of Mount Beirdneau and Logan Canyon, but the left trail goes through some nice woods and is equally as pleasant. The best way to do this is to take one trail on the way to the tree, and take the other on the way back (the way that is suggested on the map is to take the right fork first, and the other fork on the way back).

Either way, the trail ascends for a little bit longer, but then more-or-less levels off until it reaches the branch of the trail that drops down to the old tree via a set of switchbacks. The route to the tree is well-marked, and the tree itself has a sort of boardwalk viewing area right in front of it with a bench and a sign talking about the tree and the things it has weathered.

After looking at the tree and the surrounding views, simply take the switchbacks back up to the main trail, and take whichever branch of the loop you didn't take the first time to get back to the main trail, and from there the descent is gradual and allows for some fun speed as you head back to your car.

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Jun 7, 2019
Hannah Stamp
10.2mi
Nov 17, 2018
Brian Swiney
Snowy, 30° 10.2mi
Sep 9, 2018
J Christensen
Great trail, easy to follow. 11.2mi
Jul 12, 2018
Samantha Gotcher
Such a well maintained trail! Very clear directions. Lovely views! Will return very soon. 10.2mi
May 26, 2018
Samuel Bodenbender
Jun 8, 2017
Jason Naylor
10.3mi — 3h 30m
Nov 6, 2015
Austin Lynch

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  4.7 from 11 votes

#692

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The Jardine Juniper Trail is phenomenal just before sunset!
Jul 7, 2017 near Hyde Park, UT
A view of the ridge just to the west of the top part of the Jardine Juniper From Wood Camp trail
Sep 2, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A view of Mount Beirdneau and the Green Canyon ridge from the trail
Sep 2, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A washed out photograph of the old Jardine Juniper, reported to be about 1500 years old, as well as the overlook deck that sits right in front of it.
Aug 31, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
old juniper tree
Jun 10, 2019 near Hyde Park, UT

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