Jill and I are helping out with the grandkids for a few days while Erin is in the hospital with a new baby. We collectively thought it would be a good idea to take a couple of them for a short hike to “work out” their excessive energies! I have no idea how many times I’ve hiked Grotto Falls Trail, but I never get tired of it. I try to make this hike at least once each year, and it seemed like today was that day.
Our trip began at 4:30 p.m. traveling to Payson through Salem. At 600 East in Payson, just past the hospital heading west, we made a left turn. We followed the Mount Nebo Scenic Loop road which took us up the canyon to the Grotto trailhead which was about seven miles from the turn-off.
Nash didn’t want to go for a hike, in fact, he cried most of the way up to the trailhead. However, after about ten minutes of hiking, he was having the time of his life. Also, after playing in the small pool of water under the cascading waterfall with Brooklyn, Nash stated, “This is one of my favorite places in the world!”
On our way back down, Nash and Brooklyn played in the stream at various locations splashing water on each other and exploring. I kept telling them to watch out for the trolls who live under the bridges. Brooklyn said, “There are no such things as trolls… they are make believe grandpa!” Well Brooklyn, take a close look at the third picture down and tell me what you see? Lucky for you Brooklyn, I scared him off before he “got-ya!”
Map of Ingress Route
Note: Map functions better in full-screen mode; particularly on computers with less than 8GB of memory.
Date of Trip: 07/07/2016
People in Party: Nash Carlson, Brooklyn Carlson, Mark and Jill Carlson.
Activity: Road trip in a car and some hiking on a short and fun trail.
Beginning and Destination Points: Spanish Fork, UT to Grotto Falls, Payson Canyon, UT.
Total Trip Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Total Trip Mileage: 31 miles.
Elevation High Point: 6,460 feet.
Hiking Time: 30 minutes.
Hiking Distance: 0.57 miles.
Elevation Gain: 127 feet.
Miscellaneous: Grotto Trail is child-friendly, comfortable, and relatively broad.
Images – Troll in the second image: “Have you seen my troll?” by Dr Nerdware is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
Map – “Grotto Falls” Map. GoogleMyMaps. Google.com, 9 Jul. 2016. Web. 9 Jul. 2016.
Elevation Profile – “Elevation Profile for Grotto Falls” Elevation Profile. Profiles. GPSVisualizer.com, 9 Jul. 2016. Created 9 Jul. 2016.