OverviewI have chosen to add this route to the page since the route is only referred to in the existing information. The route is described in the book High in Utah. Plan for about 6-8 hours round trip (@12 miles), depending upon conditions and how much time you like to spend taking in views at the top, and expect 4,500'+ elevation gain if you hike to the middle bump before summiting Mine Camp Peak.
The way is alternately rocky and one-lane dirt trail. In general, keep gently veering to the right when you think you are entering a "new" canyon. At about the one-mile point there are several signs, some pointing to Bear Canyon and Paradise Canyon. You will know when you are in Bear Canyon, but knowing that you are in Paradise Canyon is not quite as easy. Hike through one small and soon a larger meadow and then you are in Paradise Canyon. The headwall is steep and seems never-ending.
At the headwall ridge you can at last see Mine Camp Peak, the rounded peak furthest to the right of three distinct peaks. White Pine Peak is the left-most bump and is easily distinguished by the antennae gracing its summit.
You should intercept an ATV trail here; follow it generally south and ascend past a sign with bright yellow letters pointing to "Paradise Trail" (where you just came from). This ATV trail serpentines upward, and after a few minutes of ascent you will come to a cattle guard.
It took us 3+45 total to reach the summit; snow obscured portions of the trail and we lost it several times as we climbed through Paradise Canyon. The going up the headwall was really slow because of the slippery conditions. Our return to the TH from the summit took 2+43.
Essential GearStandard gear, appropriate for the season. We hiked it on November 21, 2008, and lingering snow from two earlier snow storms made the ascent up the Paradise Canyon headwall tricky. With deeper snow appropriate snow gear would be a must. Because of the numerous stream crossings during the first half hour one might consider taking sturdy sandals or neoprene booties and avoid the possibilty of soaking your hiking boots so early in the adventure.
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Miscellaneous information which might be useful for planning.Distance from Cottonwood Heights, UT, to Chalk Creek TH: 150 miles
Time to drive from Cottonwood Heights to the TH: 2 hours 45 minutes
Elevation gain (including hiking the middle bump bewteen White Pine Peak and Mine Camp Peak): 4,650'
Chalk Creek TH N 38 55.297' W 112 12.887'
First meadow (1+30 elapsed time): N 38 53.415' W 112 13.216'
Top of Paradise Canyon headwall (3+03): N 38 52.593' W 112 14.410
Cattle guard: N 38 52.299' W 112 14.812'