On the Deuel Creek Trail in Centerville

(Royce Allen courtesy photo)
The northern section of the trail provides sweeping views of Wasatch...
Story by Denise Cox
Special to the Standard-Examiner
December 7, 2011
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The Deuel Creek Trail is a beautiful hike up Centerville canyon that can be enjoyed during any season. The trail can be accessed on either the north or south side of the canyon with a kiosk marking each trailhead. Shade, granite rock and small waterfalls highlight the trail.

An ideal hike is to begin hiking from the south trailhead and return on the north trail. From the south trail kiosk, this pleasant, two-mile loop begins by following an old pipeline until it meets the creek at one-quarter mile. After the junction with the creek, the trail follows the cool and shady canyon bottom along the tumbling stream. The trail crosses the creek several times on bridges built and maintained by a Centerville resident. A wide variety of wildlife can frequently be seen along the trail.

Continuing up the canyon, the trail passes along the south side of a flume-type waterfall. Watch your footing as you enjoy the view and the cool mist. After scrambling up this section the trail crosses back to the north side of the creek. At this point begin looking for the junction with the north trail several hundred yards up the canyon. The north trail is not marked with a sign, so keep a sharp eye out for the trail joining from the left. At this junction you can turn left and follow the north trail, or you can continue on a good trail for several more miles up the bottom of the canyon.

If you return on the north trail you will begin a brief, but steep climb up out of the canyon bottom onto the north slope of the canyon. The trail passes through a grove of mountain mahogany before beginning the descent to the north trailhead. There are several fire rings among the trees that can be used for camping or picnicking (always check seasonal fire restrictions before planning a campfire). From here, look straight up the steep north slope to catch sight of an American flag that was planted on a high, rocky outcrop in remembrance of 9/11. As the trail continues, enjoy the view to your left down into the canyon. A final steep descent brings you back to the kiosk marking the north trailhead.

If you continue up the canyon you will find more beautiful shady trail. The trail passes several areas with fire rings that make great picnic or camping sites. The upper section of the canyon offers many more opportunities for viewing wildlife, rugged canyon views and a beautiful mountain stream.

Directions: Take I-15 to Centerville exit. Drive east to 400 East and turn right (south). Follow 400 East to 100 South and turn left (east). Paved road ends at the fire break road. Turn left onto the firebreak (dirt) road to the north trailhead. To access the south trailhead, turn right and follow the road as it turns east and intersects the dike road. Turn left and follow the road to the edge of the canyon. Parking is available at the canyon edge and the south trailhead kiosk is on the east side of the parking area.

Denise Cox is with the Centerville Trails Committee.

Trail facts

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hike Time: 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 2 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 600 feet
  • Trailhead restrooms: none
  • Dogs allowed: Yes
  • Bikes allowed: Yes, but many obstructions
  • Kid friendly: Yes

For more information on Centerville trails, visit http://www.centervilleut.net/parks_recreation.trails.html

Denise Cox

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