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By Tom Wharton

The descriptions comprise not just details at the trouble of every hike and the way to arrive the summit, but in addition how each one height was once named, its geology, and its human background.

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Tribune artist Steve Baker compiled many of the graphics in the book. Tribune outdoor writer Craig Hansell contributed input into the series as well. District rangers at the USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management were always helpful. When hiking to these peaks, be aware that many do not involve crossing private land. However, when it is necessary to do so, be respectful by asking first. As is the case with all hikes, hikers should go into the backcountry prepared with a good set of boots, plenty of water, and a pack full of basic emergency gear such as matches, first aid kits, and duct tape, Paula Huff's all-purpose fix-all.

Holly. When the resort is open, nordic skiers can purchase a single ride on the triple chair and then start skiing along the west side of Mt. Holly to a ridge. 5 miles from the parking area. Due to the high winds on the top, expect to take off your skis and walk the final few hundred yards to the rocky peak. A mailbox marks the summit. More than one skier or hiker has been inspired to pen a short verse or story while on the summit, where views of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, Brian Head Peak, the Pine Valley Mountains, the Wasatch and Markagunt plateaus, and even distant Mount Nebo on the southern edge of the Wasatch Front are visible on a clear winter day.

For the Fourth of July we used to go into the mountains with a saddle Page 15 Box Elder County Bull Mountain Bull Mountain close up Page 16 horse and pack bags, said Max Kunzler, a 77-year-old rancher. " But it is sheep and cattle that brought most people to the Raft River Mountains' foothills. And that's what keeps them there, with 2,906 cows and 957 sheep grazing this section of the Sawtooth National Forest annually. "Livestock raising is an important part of the economic base in the community," said Ed Waldapfel, public-affairs manager with the Sawtooth National Forest.

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