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United States : Utah

23.1 miles (37.2 km) NNW of Helper (Carbon), Wasatch, UT, USA
Approx. altitude: 2740 m (8989 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 69°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: West. #3: North. #4: East. #5: Another bad GPS photo. #6: On the way: Strawberry Pinnacles, center; Long Ridge, right.

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  40°N 111°W (visit #1)  

#1: South.  Note sagebrush, aspens, and firs.

(visited by R.O. Despain)

31-May-2001 -- Top of the World, Ma!

Located at 9008 feet in a small dimple atop the Wasatch Plateau, N40 W111 presents rather tame landscapes compared to those seen on the way up. I didn't help the situation any with another less-than-optimal shot of my Garmin II plus registering the location.

The drive up starts at Soldier Summit, a town named for some soldiers of Johnston's Army who died in a storm there in 1861. The army was in a sort of retreat, leaving its futile three-year occupation of Utah to take part in the Civil War.

As a railroad and mining town, Soldier Summit grew, peaking at a population of 2,500 in 1930. In the 70s, with a population of about 30, it was a notorious speed trap, tapping US 6 drivers for more than $50,000 annually. Once this "industry" was shut down, the town disincorporated and is now just a service station.

The unpaved road follows the right fork of the White River before climbing to the top of the plateau. The variety of vegetation is almost amazing, ranging from the typical sagebrush near-desert to Alpine forests. The spring wildflowers were in full bloom. On the ride down, I saw six elk, three deer, and even two beavers.

Best of all, I saw no other humans or vehicles from the time I left US 6 until I got back.


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#1: South. Note sagebrush, aspens, and firs.
#2: West.
#3: North.
#4: East.
#5: Another bad GPS photo.
#6: On the way: Strawberry Pinnacles, center; Long Ridge, right.
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