August 20, 2014

Temple Quarry Trail

Temple Quarry Trail up Little Cottonwood Canyon
Total Distance: 0.3 round-trip (very short)
Walking time: 10-30 minutes (depending on how long you want to spend there)
Elevation Change: 85 feet
 
"This paved interpretive trail explores the site where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quarried stone to build the Salt Lake Temple in downtown SLC."
"Paved and wheelchair accessible, a great walk for toddlers and young children. Lined with interpretive signs outlining the site's role in building the temple, the trail offers a chance to learn a little piece of SLC's history in a beautiful mountain setting."
 
Driving Directions: From the south, take the 90th South I-15 exit, which turns into 94th South. Continue east to the mouth of Little Cottonwood. Just before the stop sign (where you turn right onto the road up the canyon), you'll see a paved turnoff to your right taking you to the Temple Quarry Trail parking area. 

From the north, take Wasatch Blvd. When you see the illuminated road condition sign at the mouth of Little Cottonwood, turn right then immediately left again into the Temple Quarry parking.
More info: Here
 

This trail is an easy 10 minute trail with interpretive signs talking about the granite stone the Pioneers cut to build the temple. It was overcast and rainy that day. Luckily the rain stalled long enough for us to complete our hike.

You can see the chisel marks on the edge of the granite slabs where the pioneers would hammer it in to split the huge rocks into smaller pieces.

The kids enjoyed climbing among all the rocks.
Very fun "trail." It's basically a short walk. My baby was in an umbrella stroller. Fun place to walk around and explore for little kids.

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