On the 18th day of June, 2005, Roy, Dale and I decided to check out the spring falls in Willard canyon. We had noticed them when driving by out on the I-15 freeway. The winter this year left us with more snow than usual and this spring it was evident in the runoff dropping over many points along the front of the Wasatch Mountain range.
We drove up to Willard Utah and parked below the gravel pits, walking up into the canyon along Willard Creek. As we got up into the canyon we found a pathway cut out of the hillside that climbed steeply up the North side of the canyon. When we topped the second rise we found a fairly good road coming up from the gravel pits into the canyon. We followed that as far as we could, finding that it ended and continued on as a foot trail for a ways, then it too ended. At that point we found the creek was right up against the cliff face we were following and we couldn't continue that way. The creek was too fast, deep and wide, to cross. We had noticed that there was a path running up the other side of the canyon, but had no way to get over there unless going all the way back to the town of Willard. Also a section of that trail was missing where a rockslide had come down across the trail. On the way out of the canyon, Dale and I decided to climb up to a higher point on the North side of the canyon, hoping to get a bit closer to the top of the canyon, at least to a point where we could photograph the falls. We couldn't see much of them from down in the canyon. It was a very steep climb up the canyon side, close to 40 degrees. We weren't able to get very far into the canyon from above either, but did get a better view of the falls, both sets of them.
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My photos were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera using a 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom. Photos taken by Dale Wing were with his Canon EOS 350D,
(Digital Rebel XT), 8.0 Megapixel SLR Camera also using the 17-85mm IS wide angle to
5x zoom. Some of our shots were taken using the Canon 100-400 telescopic zoom lens. Roy Zimmerman contributed some of the photos using his Digital Nikon Coolpix 885, 3X Optical Zoom with 3.21 Megapixels.
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