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Old Farmington Aqueduct – Farmington Utah
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Overview
Location

Farmington Canyon, Utah

Sights

Old aqueduct, Farmington Canyon, Farmington Creek

Distance

About 4 miles round trip to the headgate

Parking Lot Elevation

4774 ft

Summit Elevation

5586 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

812 ft

Time Required

1+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 1-2 liters of water

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Good trail until about the 1 mile marker

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring meals and snacks as needed

Equipment

Hat, sunglasses, backpack for food and water, good hiking shoes

GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead: 40.992642°, -111.880482°
Old Aqueduct Artifacts: 40.998588°, -111.875976°
Aqueduct Pipes: 41.000086°, -111.878716°

Trail Map:



Driving Directions:

In the summer months, the road is open so you could drive right up to the trailhead.  In winter months the Farmington Canyon road is closed.  So you may need to park down below the trailhead and hike up to it.



The Trail:

The trail starts on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail at the same location as Rudd Creek.  The trail is steep and gains elevation quickly and you will see that not many people go on this trail.

You will need to hike about .70 miles until you come to the first area with the pipe artifacts (GPS Coordinate: Old Aqueduct Artifacts).  You will see lots of river rocks, old wood and the iron pipes used to transport the water.  It is an incredible feat considering just how large and heavy these pipes were.

I have not hiked the entire trail to where the headgate is located because the trail is very narrow and disappears at times.  I simply just hiked up to where I could see the old pipes and see if I could find any other neat things.

Looking up at all the river rock that the pipes brought with the creek wtaer

Looking up at all the river rock that the pipes brought with the creek water

You can see just how many rocks came with all the water through the pipes.  I bet they had clogging problems every now and then.

Looking down towards the Farmington Canyon Road

Looking down towards the Farmington Canyon Road

Some of the pipes are still buried but the ones that aren’t you can see that vandals have shot them or destroyed them further.Old Farmington Aqueduct

Old Farmington Aqueduct

Bullet holes

Bullet holes

The views were pretty impressive even for late winter day.   It is quite incredible to see just how much work went into this aqueduct.

Looking into Farmington Canyon

Looking into Farmington Canyon

Huge pipes!

Huge pipes!

Old Farmington Aqueduct


The Return:

Head back towards your vehicle


Personal Thoughts:

The aqueduct was an important part of Farmington’s early history.  Of course, it is not being used any more but if you want to see something different then come hike to the aqueduct.

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Jeff Johnson
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