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Sardine Canyon, 14 May, 2022

Fourteen hikers and one dog set out Saturday morning to explore the Old Sardine Road.  This hike allowed us to explore some ancient history (fossils), and some not so ancient history (a USGS marker and the road itself).

Along the way we observed and discussed the  Mount Pisgah Road, evidence of a slide which created Dry Lake in what we now incorrectly refer to as Sardine Canyon which is really Wellsville Canyon, and what we believe to be some old wagon tracks.

We chose this as a spring hike to avoid the possibility of mud and soft conditions at higher elevations.  Several people also suggested that this would be a good fall hike to see the changing colors.

Trip Summary:
  • Fourteen hikers and one dog, Dave P., Deanna, Catherine, Susan, Keith, Dan, Laurel, April, Kathy, Jo, Brent J., Dave W., Jane, Brent L.(leader), Zinnia the dog
  • Drove 14 miles to Sardine Canyon gate near the Mount Sterling Recreation Camp
  • Left the trailhead at 8:40 under partly cloudy skies and 50 degree temperature
  • Lunch from 11:15 to 11:40 and back to the trailhead at 12:10. 
  • Hiked 5.4 miles with 700 feet of ascent

Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Jo, Jane and Susan for photos and Dave W. for GPS data.


Hikers, near the bottom of Sardine Canyon


Looking toward the east (left) and west (right) from the old Sardine road

Fairy Rings in the meadow below
The Pisgah Stone Products quarry in the distance

Hikers, not far from the top of Sardine Canyon
Between Sardine Canyon and Wellsville Canyon
Hiking on the old road


Looking at fossils along the old road


Fossils in the rock
A benchmark near the road
Dry Lake and US-89
Lunch


Our GPS track shows about 5.4 miles and 700 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.