Hastings Pass

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    The famous Hastings Cutoff Trail came across Skull Valley and up through what is now known as Hastings Pass.
    Explorers and emigrants such as John C. Fremont, Kit Carson, Lansford W. Hastings, and the Donner-Reed party all traveled through this area as a shorter route to California.

    View from the pass (Cedar Mountains) looking East across Skull Valley to the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak (11, 031') in distance.

    {EDIT/UPDATE Jan 2006} NOW The 100,000-acre Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area!


    This photo is now on Google Earth.

    Great Salt Lake Images, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. palomino (patsy) 119 months ago | reply

      My husbands family found out that they are related to Kit Carson.Love the history behind these photos.

    2. The Wilderness Family [deleted] 119 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Great history with the picture...are those dead trees scattered over the landscape?

    3. Great Salt Lake Images 119 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous shot! Thank you for sharing the historical notes!

    4. Utah~Dave AA7IZ 119 months ago | reply

      Those are dead Juniper trees. I think ravaged by wildfires.
      I've heard (I say that a lot -ha-) that the early pioneers mistook the Junipers as Cedar trees. This, if corrected would sure change things in Utah as we have Cedar City, Cedar Valley and this range, the Cedar Mountains..

    5. gavinvz 97 months ago | reply

      I need to come up here, great picture.

    6. listorama 3 months ago | reply

      I think I hear the creaking of wagon wheels as oxen slowly pull the wagons up the hill...

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