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Dry Creek Canyon loop: Salt Lake County
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A hiker looks insde the pioneer limekiln.
Steve Baker/Davis Clipper
A hiker looks insde the pioneer limekiln. Steve Baker/Davis Clipper
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By Steve Baker

Clipper Staff Writer 

Start hiking east on the sidewalk from Popperton Park and make your way toward Dry Creek Canyon. Dry Canyon is behind the “U” letter on the mountain and to the right of it. At .6 miles, the paved trail turns to gravel and heads downhill for the trailhead. In Dry Creek Canyon, the trail stays next to the creekbed in scrub oaks. At 1.8 miles the trail switchbacks out of Dry Creek Canyon and heads south for the ridgeline. When you reach the ridgeline your are 2.2 miles into your hike and get terrific views of the Salt Lake Valley. At the ridgeline, look for the trail on the left and take it down into Limekiln Gulch. Watch your footing in this steep area. Near the bottom the trail splits; take the center trail to visit the pioneer limekiln.The limekiln was constructed in the 1850s and was used for making cement, mortar, plaster and other purposes by the pioneers. The trail ends on Tomahawk Drive. Go left and make your way through  surface streets to complete your loop hike.

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Elevation gain: 800 ft.

Round-trip miles: 3.8 miles

Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours

Dogs allowed: Yes

Trailhead restrooms: Yes

Trailhead directions: 

In Salt Lake City, make your way east on South Temple to Virginia Street. Go left on Virginia Street to 11th Ave. Turn right on Popperton Park Way. Start hiking from the park

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