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A Hiking Guide to the Geology of the Wasatch Mountains
Mill Creek and Neffs Canyons, Mount Olympus, Big and Little Cottonwood and Bells Canyons
William T. Parry
Geology / Utah / Guidebooks and Outdoors
Northern Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in every season. These mountains rise spectacularly from the relatively flat valley floor to thirteen peaks over 11,000 feet in elevation. An additional nineteen peaks rise more than 10,000 feet in elevation. Although many hiking guides exist for the Wasatch Mountains, there has been no guide book that focuses on the geologic features visible from the trails—until now.
Written by a recognized authority on the geology of the Wasatch Mountains, this guide is meant to enrich the experience of outdoor enthusiasts who want to understand the geological history and development of the Wasatch range. The first section of the book introduces the major geological time periods—the record of mountain building events from oldest to youngest, the effects of glaciation, and the development of the present topography. It then follows with a descriptive trail guide for each major trail system, including Mill Creek and Neffs Canyons, Mount Olympus, Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, and Bells Canyon. Trail length, elevation gain, relative difficulty, and major geological features are outlined for each trail. Now you can hike these trails with the answers to all your geologic questions right at your fingertips.
William T. Parry is professor emeritus of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah. He is the author of Geology of Utah's Rivers (University of Utah Press, 2008) and All Veins, Lodes, and Ledges Throughout Their Entire Depth: Geology and the Apex Law in Utah Mines (University of Utah Press, 2004).
Table of Contents:
List of Maps
1. Geology of the Wasatch Mountains
2. Wasatch Mountain Rocks
3. Mountain-Building Events
4. The Landscape Takes Shape
5. The Trails
Praise and Reviews:
"This is an excellent guide that should pique the interest of anyone who loves to spend time in the Wasatch or who has even casually wondered about the grandeur of these mountains. A book like this is long overdue."
—Marjorie Chan, University of Utah