Third times the charm. After 2 failed attempts at the so-called Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup or (WURL) I finally completed the journey. For pictures from the second 1/2 of the successfull WURL click here. My camera didn’t work for the first 1/2.
I estimate it to be ~34 miles with ~21,000 ft of vertical gain and ~21,000 ft of vertical loss, on everything from good trail up to 5.7 with most of the terrain being roughly class 3 boulder hopping. On August 7th, 2004, I started at 2:00 AM and finished that night at 11:30 PM for a total time of ~21.5 hrs. Despite the relatively large amount of time I’ve spent in Bells Canyon, I still got lost trying to short cut across the upper Bells Canyon Valley and ended up doing about 1.5 hrs of the most heinous bush-whacking/stream-hiking of my life. Note that my course in the map below (easier to see in the large version) shows that I was just barely off-course. If you are going to attempt the WURL, make sure you have the last part dialed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for other info.
Click here for information from my second attempt.