#39 in the Northwest Book; November 11, 2010; Moderate – 3.6 miles round trip, 1100 feet of elevation gain.
On a lovely day last November I found myself free of kids and responsibilities so laced up my boots, put the dog in the car and headed into the gorge. There is a special parking area for the hike behind the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort. You begin by going uphill along a gravel road then straight on a faint grassy path into the woods. (I missed the path entrance and bush-whacked through some blackberries to the trail. Upon looking behind me I wondered how on earth I missed it.) The path was made by volunteers, so there are steep spots and fallen logs. The book (and myself) recommend boots, especially in wet seasons.
After a lovely hike through the woods we climbed up another old road and were presented with a lovely, if hazy, view of the Bonneville Dam.
Ruins of the old lookout tower make a nice place to rest.
This was not as easy as shot to take as it may seem. There are lots of out-takes.
November is a great time of year to hike. The weather was lovely, but not hot. We only saw a few other people along the way (and EVERY one had a dog with them.)
Notes: Open year-round. A fairly rough trail, but experienced kids and dogs could make it just fine.