DEEP CANYON TRAIL / WELLSVILLE RIDGE


Trail Length: 3 Miles to Wellsville Ridge; 2 miles farther to Stewart Pass

Difficulty / Rating: Difficult / Strenuous

Class: Class 1

Elevation Start / Gain: 54,00 / 8,600 feet

Trailhead: N41o 42′ 47.87″  W112o 01 ‘00.50″

UTM:  12T 415421 E      4618478 N

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SUMMARY

The Deep Canyon trail provides the most direct route to Mendon Peak atop the Wellsville Ridge. It is said that the Wellsville Mountains are steepest range in the United States, with  its very narrow base at only 3–4 miles wide.  The tallest peak in the range is Box Elder, at 9,372 feet, and the main ridge seldom dips below 8,000 feet in its 20-mile length.

The first part of the Deep Canyon trail passes through a lush region of maple woodland, shrubs, and flowering plants.  Higher up is frequent evidence of winter avalanche damage.  Both Cache Valley and Great Salt Lake Valley can be seen from Wellsville Ridge, which is covered with flowers during the summer. 

The Wellsville Ridge trailhead, and first portion of the Deep Canyon trail are on private property.  Please show respect to the property owners by sticking to the trail and policing all trash. This trail is deceptive because it begins at a moderate pitch but then increases dramatically, so there are many switchbacks.  Stewart Pass is 2 miles south along the ridge.  The Wellsville Cone is about a mile farther south.  No water is available; so carry your own.  Hikers can descend via the Coldwater East Trail to Maple Bench Trailhead or return down the Deep Canyon Trail.  Carry a map because there are few signs on the wilderness trails.

DIRECTIONS: Once in Mendon take Hwy. 23 to 300 North (look for the wildlife viewing sign), then head west about 2 miles to the trailhead. 

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HONEYVILLE, UT HISTORICAL MAP 1:24,000

WELLSVILLE, UT HISTORICAL MAP 1:24,000

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