BY Steve Baker
Clipper Staff Writer
In July 1847, Brigham Young took the first group of Mormon Pioneers up Little Emigration Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. The Donner-Reed Party of 1846 was the first wagon train to take this route. This section of the Mormon Trail was the steepest sustained climb for the pioneers. The climb for them was 1,400 feet in elevation and over a distance of 4 miles to Big Mountain Pass. To see many of the beaver ponds, you only need to hike a few miles in. The trail offers much shade as it gently follows the creek into the canyon. This easy hike is great for the entire family and your dog, too. After about one and a half hours into your hike, you’ll reach the first of many beaver ponds. Find a grassy spot for lunch by a pond and watch for beavers.