Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

Outdoor Adventure

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Pony Express Trail, west desert are just as lonely and unpredictable as in 1860

When I think of outdoor adventure in Tooele County, nothing compares to the open emptiness of our West Desert. Its Mars-like appearance of towering mountains, alkali flats and long, unpopulated distances make this place unlike any other...

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Skull Valley foothills can refresh the soul

While traveling the eastern United States, I often wonder what the area might have looked like before it was settled, logged off and conquered by a growing population moving west. I have imagined standing on top of...

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Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Toledo Peak trail choices serve both beginners and experts

October is a wonderful time to visit the mountains. After the leaves have fallen and you can see through the trees, the mountains reveal boulders, ravines and hidden places that were hidden during spring and summer. The...

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fall, winter are good times to experience Horseshoe Springs

West of the Stansbury Mountains there is a strange and mysterious place called Skull Valley. Its openness offers a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Several interesting spots in the valley are accessible...

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Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Willow Heights is a quick hike through the woods to a lake

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the aspen leaves when they turn golden on the mountains. The air is crisp and cool, and in the morning there may even be some...

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Hickman Head is an adventure into wild heart of wilderness

In last week’s column, I described the first half of my ascent up a little-known but impressive peak in the Stansbury Mountains. I call it Hickman Head, and it’s a giant limestone knob perched on top of...

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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Hickman Head offers some of the wildest landscape Tooele County has to offer

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain; he is inspired by it.” —William Arthur Ward There is a peak in the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area that is seldom visited by anyone but mule deer....

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Table Mountain stands like a protective sentinel over the desert

“They make a desert and call it peace.” —Tacitus In last week’s article, I left off at the starting point for climbing Table Mountain, which is located in our West Desert just south of the Pony Express...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

West Desert’s Table Mountain is tempting for the climber

There is something magical, even magnetic, about our West Desert in Tooele and Juab counties. The wild areas that lie out there, day after day, baking under the sun or freezing under the snow, are timeless. If...

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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Before winter’s snow starts to fall, hike Pioneer Peak

“Any man who says he’s never been scared is either lying, or he hasn’t been anywhere or done anything.” —From “Sackett” by Louis L’Amour There is always more than one way to the top of a mountain...

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