Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

Outdoor Adventure

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

It’s a bush-whackers’ frenzy to climb Big Canyon

In last week’s article, I wrote about the legend of Benjamin Croslin, a pioneer in the 1800s who discovered a gold vein on a high, rock ledge in Big Canyon. The story has interested me for a...

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Legend of Croslin’s Ledge is just the stuff old wanderers hope to answer someday

I have lived in Stansbury Park for eight years and often look east to the Oquirrh Mountains and wonder about the Legend of Croslin’s Ledge. Many wanderers dream about lost gold mines, or to discover something that has...

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Black Crook Peak is the king of the Sheeprock Mountains’ experience

Tooele County is blessed with dozens of mountain ranges that can be explored. One of them is the Sheeprock Mountains south of Vernon. If you prefer hikes in remote, seldom-visited places, this range won’t disappoint you. When...

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

For a quick walk, head to nearby canyons

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” —Rachel Carson   The other day my wife and I decided that we needed to get out...

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Go to Red Pine Mountain and you’ll know why Rockwell preferred to live near there

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Go to Red Pine Mountain and you’ll know why Rockwell preferred to live near there

The sky was clear and icy in the desert that morning. I couldn’t make out the detailed features of the mountains yet, but the dark outlines of Davis Mountain, and the Onaqui and Simpson ranges were visible...

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

After crossing the plains, Rockwell fell in love with Tooele County

“Carry a double-barreled shotgun loaded with buckshot, keep your eyes skinned — especially in canyons and ravines and never trust appearances in Indian Country.” —Orrin Porter Rockwell   The quote above is advice that Orrin Porter Rockwell...

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Southern Skull Valley filled with colorful Porter Rockwell history

Continuing west along the Pony Express Trail from Lookout Pass, you cross the southern extreme of Skull Valley and enter what I call Porter Rockwell Country. This area is bounded by Davis Mountain and Skull Valley on...

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Take in the history at Lookout Pass

For the last several weeks I have talked about the terrain northwest of Lookout Pass. The area is accessible and is interesting in every season. The principle peak along the north ridge from Lookout Pass is 7,474...

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Stuck in the mud, I finally had to swallow my pride

In last week’s column, I left off with my friends and me cowering in my truck from a storm near the base of Rock Canyon Pass on the west bench of the Onaqui Mountains about a mile...

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Davis Knolls, Onaqui Mountains offer solitude, sweeping views of West Desert

“Night poured over the desert… It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky.” —Terry Prachett   As you leave the mountains on the west side of Lookout Pass...

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