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2017-12-14  
Smithfield Dry Canyon, UT
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Smithfield Dry Canyon, UT 
Smithfield Dry Canyon, UT
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2017
DallinW
Hiking13.51 Miles 4,725 AEG
Hiking13.51 Miles
4,725 ft AEG
 
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Attempted Mt. Jardine from Dry Canyon but fell short of the summit by just under half a mile.

Shane and I started at the mouth of Dry Canyon where the road is currently closed for winter. Normally you would be able to drive up the canyon a mile to the Dry Canyon TH. We walked up the road and entered the Mount Naomi Wilderness area.

The trail started packed down by the usual traffic so we cruised along at a good pace for the first mile or so. The canyon is very narrow at the beginning and has some interesting tilted rocks at its entrance. Temps were probably somewhere in the high teens when we started.

At around 7000ft we were breaking trail and hitting tedious amounts of snow, just as the trail really starts to climb. We were able to keep to the trail fairly easily even with shin to knee deep snow in the canyon by following the corridors of cut brush and looking for depressions in the snow.

We got a small break from the snow once the trail started to switchback up the southern face of one of the canyon walls. The views looking back down the canyon from here are great, and it makes you feel accomplished seeing how far you've climbed. Once we hit around 8000ft, nearing the top of the ridge, we were greeted with even deeper snow. At this point we were trudging at less than a mile an hour and approaching our turn around time. We made a compromise and decided to finish pushing to the top a high point on the ridge, and then turn around.

On the high point, we had views of most of the major peaks in the Mount Naomi Wilderness area. We could see the final ridge we would have to climb then walk to reach Jardine.




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