Distance: 1,279 miles from Nauvoo
This summit, really just a hill among the surrounding Wasatch mountain
peaks, was nevertheless, at 8,400 feet, the highest elevation of
the entire Mormon Trail.
21 July 1847
eleven o'clock, the teams began to arrive on the dividing ridge
and in less than an hour, all were safely up. From this ridge we
can see an extensive valley to the west but on every other side
high mountains, many of them white with snow. . . . We halted on
the ridge a little while and then prepared to descend, many locking
both hind wheels, a precaution not at all unnecessary. We found
the road down exceedingly steep and rendered dangerous by the many
stumps of trees left standing in the road" (William Clayton's
Journal , 305).
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