Sanpete County intends to begin construction on a small dam and reservoir, hopefully in the near future. Called the Narrows, this project will be located up Fairview Canyon, Utah, along highway 31.
The Narrows has been discussed and promised to Sanpete County for nearly 80 years. When complete, it will provide a means of storing water that runs out of the mountains for use as mid and late summer irrigation and culinary water. This new reservoir will be a great recreational destination for fishing, boating, and camping.
For Official Sanpete County Water Conservancy information on the Narrows Project visit: http://narrowsproject.com/
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This past weekend my in-laws were in town and we went snowshoeing up Maple Canyon. This was the first time I had been up Maple Canyon in the Winter. We started by driving our snowmobiles up the road to the Right Fork Trail. If you really like to hike you can walk the 1.75 miles instead of snowmobiling. At the trail head we strapped on our snowshoes and started the hike.
Maple Canyon is as just as amazing in the winter as it is in the summer, minus all the rock climbers. There are, however, a number of people who come to the canyon in the winter to ice climb the numerous frozen waterfalls.
While snowshoeing we found a cave that I had never been to before. It leads back into the canyon wall about 50+ feet. Approximate GPS of Cave: N39.5618 W111.6881
The tour begins 1.4 miles east of the forest boundary and ends at the Summit Overlook. There are 6 information stations along on the tour. It is a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the fall colors
I rode the Flume Mountain Bike Trail for the first time last week with a youth group. I am not much of a mountain biker so I was very surprised at how fun the trail was to ride. The trail starts about 1.2 miles past the end of the pavement up Ephraim Canyon. If you are into exercise and don’t mind riding uphill, start your ride from town. If you prefer downhill riding like me- drive to the trailhead. (N39.33766 W111.52684, Elevation 6,637)
The trailhead begins by turning right off of the main canyon road at an A-Frame cabin. After following this road for about 250 yards, we came to an intersection with another road. At this intersection there is a large pipe sticking vertically out of the ground next to an old canal. I think the pipe is some kind of pressure reduction valve because water was spurting out from various holes.
We dropped off into the canal “flume” and follow the trail several miles until it eventually emerged from the Junipers and intersected with Bald Mountain road. From this point it is just a 1/2 mile ride back to the main Ephraim canyon road. The Flume trail is fairly steep so make sure your brakes work good. We were fortunate enough to have only 2 bike wrecks out of our group. One of course was while a boy was trying to go over a jump. Here are pictures taken on the Flume Trail 5/13/09.
The past two weekends of Snowmobiling up Ephraim canyon have been amazing. My wife and I went sledding with friends to some of the best places in the area. The weather was beautiful and the snow condition was great!
Two weekends ago, after reaching the summit of the mountain, we rode out wagon road ridge (N39.28672 W111.43902, Elevation 10,226′). This ridge extents for miles to the east. Just to the south of wagon road ridge, we dropped off into an area called Long Flat (N39.26076 W111.39544, Elevation 9,690′). As soon as we descended my friend took off chasing a red fox. It was much faster on the snow than my friend, and after a good chase, it eventually got away.
This past weekend the snow had settled and it was easier to climb steep hills. After riding an area know as the Race Track (N39.29649 W111.46821, Elevation 10,203′) near Philadelphia Flat we headed south and dropped into an area know as Jolleys Hole (N39.28805 W111.47269, Elevation 10,030′). It’s a fun place to ride… really! Eventually we ended up near loggers lake, at the top of North Fork, for some final hill climbing (N39.27069 W111.46298, Elevation 10,237′). It was here that my daring wife bruised her knee as she landed hard coming over a cornice. She’s awesome!