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Trail 23 - Spruces Campground, UT

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Rated  Favorite Wish List UT > Salt Lake
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.16 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,369 feet
Elevation Gain 131 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.82
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:47am - 5:29pm
0 Alternative
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Romp through Empty Campgrounds
by SparkyJackie

Likely In-Season!
The Wasatch National Forest is a forest with many personalities. There is its "forest next door" personality found just outside Salt Lake City. To the east, at the Utah and Wyoming border, the Forest shows its "near-wilderness" personality. And in between, from Kama, Utah to Evanston, Wyoming, Wasatch's visitors will find a "fun-filled family camping vacation" personality.

Spruces is the largest campground in the Salt Lake Ranger District with 97 campsites. During winter no fees are charged and with the exception of scout troops training in winter camping skills, the campsites are open for roaming. The restroom next to the parking area is open during winter due to the high use of the area. The Spruces parking area is the starting point for many winter trails.

The perfect area for beginners, or those simply wanting an easy escape into the solitude of the forest. Make your outing as long or short as you wish. The Big Cottonwood Creek runs through sections of the campground, and comes complete with trout and beaver dams--if you can see them beneath the snow. Chic-a-dees, blue grouse, snowshoe hare, coyote, ermine, bobcat, goshawk, and owl call the area home during winter months, and while deer and mountain lion move down canyon when the snow is deep, chances are you may see moose.

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To snowshoe
    Spruces Campground is 9.7 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon/S.R. 190 on the south side of the road. The parking lot sits just past the big red and white road-block arms.
    page created by SparkyJackie on Jan 30 2012 8:05 am
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