Hikers making their way to the top of 10,222-foot Mine Camp Peak located east of Utah’s territorial capital will quickly notice three things: Water, old sawmill equipment, and mines. That is appropriate. Millard County’s tallest peak is located in the midst of flowing water and evidence of sawmill activity. Signs of lumber, mining, and rusting equipment can be seen along much of the upper portion of the 6-mile trail. Mine Camp Peak is located in the Pahvant Range of central Utah. In the language of the Native Americans, Pahvant means “close to water,” “down to water,” or “by the water.” Hikers soon discover why.
From the start of the trail where man-made fish structures help trout production on Chalk Creek, to spots near the top of the mountain, water seems to flow everywhere. During the spring and much of the summer when winter snowfall is heavy, waterfalls from side canyons dump into the main stream. Hikers walk through high country swamps filled with quaking aspens and skunk cabbage. Wildflowers, like arrowleaf balsamroot and mountain bluebell, decorate the trail.
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