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Steve Baker, Deseret News
Hikers begin their hike at the Dry Creek Canyon Trailhead on June 7.

Check out the maps at the trailhead and sign the registry. The trail starts in scrub oaks on the south side of Dry Creek Canyon. After one-half mile, you leave the oaks for conifers. At one mile, the trail splits just before a small stream. Stay to the left. There are many splits, and they are confusing. If your plans are to enjoy canyon views along the way to Horsetail Falls, then always stay to the left on splits. Soon you cross the second small stream, and the trail opens with canyon views. At 1.75 miles, Horsetail Falls demands your attention. The falls cut down the rocky face and fall out of sight to the canyon floor. Take time to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. If there is a trail that takes you closer to it, I didn't find one. The falls made me excited to see what was around the next bend. At 1.87 miles, you come to the largest stream crossing. A log bridge takes you over it during high runoff. After the bridge, you enter a fern grove. The trail mellows in an aspen meadow. The meadow makes a great place for lunch with a canyon view. At the junction for Hamongog, the water level in Dry Creek was raging. The log bridge over it was too slippery and dangerous for crossing.

Directions: From Interstate 15 in Utah County, take U.S. Highway 92 exit for Alpine. At 5300 West, turn north. At the roundabout, stay on Main Street to 200 North. At 200 North, turn right to 200 East. Turn left on 200 East; 200 East turns into Grove Drive. Drive to the end of it for the trailhead.DestinationCanyon views

Dry Creek Canyon details

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous

Round trip: 5.5 miles

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Elevation gain: 1,977 feet

Trailhead restrooms: No

Dogs allowed: Yes