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Webb Canyon Mine – Kaysville Utah
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Overview
Location

Kaysville, Utah

Sights

Webb Canyon, Holmes Creek, mine

Distance

About 2.25 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4888 ft

Summit Elevation

5273 ft to Webb Canyon

Elevation Gain/Loss

385 ft or more

Time Required

1+ hours

Pets

Allowed on leash

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring your own water.

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

The East Mountain Wilderness Park is only open until 10pm

Trail Condition

Good dirt trail. You may need to bushwhack a little if you are looking for the mines

Restrooms

Yes. At the parking lot

Camping

Allowed by reservation only

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring good hiking shoes, sunglasses, flashlight, bag for food and water, light jacket

GPS Coordinates:

Webb Canyon:  41.056614°, -111.900484°

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Trail Map


Driving Directions

The Trail:

This was my second time checking out Webb Canyon but my first time was when I was about 15 years old and I couldn’t remember anything about this canyon.  I set out knowing that there were a few small mining operations happening here more than a century ago and I thought that I could maybe find one of them – and I did!

Webb Canyon begins at the same trailhead as the East Mountain Wilderness Park and Holmes Cabin located in Kaysville Utah.  There is a nice parking lot here and the trail to the mouth of Webb Canyon doesn’t take too long.

Sign at the trail start

Sign at the trail start

Hike along the East Mountain Wilderness Park trail until it curves up the mountain along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail until you come to the wooden bridge.  The creek, which is called Holmes Creek, is where Webb Canyon is located.

Webb Canyon

But keep hiking along the trail until you are passed the creek and you see a nice dirt trail leading up Webb Canyon.  This is where you will begin.

Webb Canyon

Webb Canyon is really pretty in the fall with all the leaves changing colors.  The canyon itself doesn’t have well established trails, they are mostly game and hunter trails and I spent some time bushwhacking.

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I followed a game trail for a few hundred yards until I came to a nice outcropping of rock and had a good vantage point to scout out any mine tailings…when I smelt something horrible. No, it wasn’t me!  It smelt like a rotting dead animal.  I looked down from where I was standing and saw tons of large animal bones, some with meat still on them, rotting right below me.  I figured this was where a mountain lion dragged a mule dear to be eaten.  I snapped a picture and took to higher ground not knowing if I was only feet away from a mountain lion’s den.

Webb Canyon

After I was about a hundred yards from this point I snapped a few pictures of the canyon and hiked up a steep gully to get to the top of the ridge.

Webb Canyon Webb Canyon

Once at the top of the ridge line I looked around until I saw a very suspicious dirt and rock pile coming out from another outcropping of rock – tailings perhaps? I decided to hike over to it and see what it was.

Webb Canyon

Here are some more pictures of Webb Canyon.

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Not sure why someone would build this thing...

Not sure why someone would build this thing…

Webb Canyon

When I finally got over to where I thought a mine would be a was surprised to find that it was indeed a mine!  It only went in about 50 feet but it was still really cool to find.

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The back of the mine had a slope down a few feet.

The back of the mine had a slope down a few feet.

Webb Canyon

Looking down the tailings

Looking down the tailings

The Return:

I followed another gully down to the bottom of the trail.

Personal Thoughts:

I love mining and all the history that is involved with it so it is always exciting to find a new one, even if it is just a simple short adit.  Webb Canyon seemed to hold lots of potential for more exploring.

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Jeff Johnson
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