The evenings were filled with cheering on the Utah State Aggies ice hockey team as they played Denver University, Boise State University, and Montana State University. The "Ice Aggies" handily defeated each team so that was a bonus. Denver University and Boise State University were particularly interesting games with plenty of goals and action. I love watching live ice hockey.
My first full day without having to drive had me and Rocky interested in taking a walk, not just a walk, but a long walk were he could run free and sniff. Both of us could work out those three days of "car legs and butt" that we had earned. I looked at a map and initially it didn't show much. There was a city park less than a mile away - Bicentennial Park. So Rocky and I went to Bicentennial Park. Ugh. This was simply a facility for young mothers to let their young children play. This was no park for a dog. Okay, where to now?
As I was traveling to Bicentennial Park I spied a road sign that said, "Lightning Peak." I traveled the road but saw no other reference to Lightning Peak. What I did see though is some rocky outcroppings on the Wasatch Mountains that closely bordered Provo to the east. Hmm? I thought, that rocky peak looks like it could be a Lightning Peak. As I drove along literally the base edge of the Wasatch Mountains I saw a turn off to a Provo Parks and Recreation site. I drove up the very rocky and steep grade and decided to park my truck off to the side of the road and go explore further by foot. What I discovered was that if I would have ventured another 100 yards I would have come to a nice paved parking lot. Funny, a nice paved parking lot but to get it you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Anyway I surveyed the area and found a nice wide trail - the Bicentennial Trail - that parallels the valley and the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Rocky and I walked about 1/2 mile out to a promontory to get a view of the Utah Valley. From this promontory you could see Utah Lake, and the entire Utah Valley north and south. The city of Provo and Brigham Young University laid at your feet. Quite spectacular.
|Panorama view of Utah Valley from the base from the Bicentennial Trail by Slate Creek Canyon|
|Looking west up Slate Cr. Canyon|
|Slate Cr. Canyon trail and what I think is Lightning Peak|
The sun shining on the canyon walls intensified the colors. I kept on going up and up, each panting breath had me taking another step. I stopped and dropped off my sweatshirt and hat realizing they were not needed and it was useless to lug them up with me when I knew I would be turning around. Several times I stopped and checked the
|Going down Slate Cr. Canyon.|
Finally, I reached the upper parking lot and then the last descent to my parked truck and the walk was over. I do a lot of walking and felt that with this walk I had truly accomplished something. Though my legs were aching I felt fully physically and emotionally refreshed. Wow! What a walk. If you ever find yourself in the Provo area I would highly recommend this hike. A USFS sign said that the Slate Creek Canyon trail ventured up for about 3.6 miles where it connected with some other trail. I believe it would be beautiful in the early spring when the creek would be flowing with water from melting snow. There are no bridges and in the mile I went the creek was crossed about three times, so you would have to have some good waterproof boots. The trail would be too hard to hike if there was snow or ice, and way too hot to hike in the middle of summer.
Finally my legs continued to shake and recover for the rest of the day and well into the evening. I thought I was in fairly good shape by exercising three times a week, but this hike indicated otherwise. My explorations of Provo were otherwise fairly limited - motel-ice rink-motel and Slate Cr. Canyon. Not sure there was much else to see that didn't already look like any other town.