At the mouth of Brimhall Canyon I found this, it looks like it was a sign for something. I’d love to find out what it was.
Monks Hollow is a campground and trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon.
This trail, which is also an ATV route, begins in a grassy meadow and then makes a steep climb through scattered maple and scrub oak, eventually leveling out into a gently climbing trail. This trail provides a panoramic view of Diamond Fork and the surrounding mountain ranges. At the end of the six mile trek, the Monks Hollow Trail ends and the Longs Hollow Trail begins.
A couple cool mines I was checking out in Diamond Fork Canyon, they are across the canyon from each other, the one on the south side of the canyon is across the river from the road and the other is above the road – both are easy to miss if you aren’t watching.
The Fifth Water Hot Springs / Hot Pots and the nearby waterfall are a fun place to relax and play. It’s a couple miles+ one way from the parking lot in Diamond Fork Canyon and a very well used trail. It is often mistakenly called Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Spanish Fork Hot Springs and others but Fifth Water is the real name.
It’s also well known for nudists, lots of rumors that the local law enforcement try to stop it but be warned if you’re offendable.
Above photos from July 2010 – Below from May 2011
Today I decided to go back up Diamond Fork Canyon to the Diamind Battle stone marker and look around, the story is that back in 1866 during the Black Hawk War there was a battle here. I’ll post my photos and then some stories and links I’ve found useful.
See other historic markers in the series on this page for SUP Markers.
June 1866 brought the Uintah Utes into the conflict. Up until that time a few hot-headed young fighters joined Black Hawk but Chief Tabby and others had kept the Utes in the Uintah Valley reservation out of the war. The call for an additional 350 men from Salt Lake and Davis Counties to strengthen Mormon settlements angered Tabby and his fighters. But Black Hawk’s brother, Mountain, Isaac Potter and Richard led separate war parties toward Utah Valley. They found a Nauvoo Legion detachment at what is now Indianola and attacked. The pinned the militia down for most of the day, but a second detachment under John L. Ivie arrived late and kept the first detachment from being overwhelmed. The soldiers were convinced that Chief Tabby had led the attack. When and additional 130 men under Warren Snow arrived, it was agreed to chase the Utes up Spanish Fork Canyon. Fearing another Salina Canyon disaster, the troops moved cautiously but on arriving at Soldier Summit Pass found that the Utes had split up and gone in different directions. He turned his men around and marched them back to Sanpete Valley.
Mountain had led his men to Spanish Fork to exact vengeance on William Berry who years before had beaten Black Hawk with an old bucket for a supposed theft. They killed Berry and drove off about forty cattle and horses and fled into the Wasatch Mountains through Maple Canyon. The militia, who were already on alert, gave chase. They intercepted the Utes at Diamond Fork River but were outnumbered and pinned down by desultory rifle shots and arrows. A second force of eight men rushed the Utes and three were shot dead. The others put the Utes in a crossfire. The Utes quietly withdrew leaving the livestock and camp to be plundered by the militia. Among the gear they found US issued items, which showed the Utes had been accepting food and supplies at the Uintah Reservation. Leaders of the militia swore affidavits that white men had been seen directing the Utes. It was feared that the US Indian officials were aiding and abetting the Utes in their war against the Mormons.
These incidents were a turning point in the war. Mormons had begun to be vigilant as Brigham Young had repeatedly encouraged them to do. Fort building and evacuations of small settlements, combining livestock herds under guard, and the hundreds of additional soldiers patrolling commonly used canyon trails stymied the ability of Utes to drive off the numbers of cattle and horses of the first two years in the war. Tabby used his influence after the defeat of the reservation Utes to keep most of his people out of the conflict. It would not be until 1872 in the final days of the war that reservation Utes caused any more trouble. The ‘defeat’ of the reservation Utes encouraged Mormons to continue to prevent attacks whenever possible.(*)
It’s fun to have a red rock playground like St George or Moab but so close to Utah Valley, we take the kids there and play.
There are often people rappelling down the cliffs too.
Hobble Creek Canyon is a place I spent a lot of my time growing up, the mouth of the canyon is in Springville/Mapleton and it goes up past the Reservoir, Golf Course and parks. The canyon splits and right fork goes up and over the mountain down into Diamond Fork Canyon, it’s a nice road and I recommend it for sure. Left fork goes to many cabins and eventually to Wallsburg but it’s a really rough road.
- Camp Jeremiah Johnson
- Hobble Creek Reservoir
- Jolley’s Ranch
- The Kelly Ranch
- Kirkman Hollow
- Wardsworth Canyon
A concrete ditch that runs through the canyon.
Making of the Hobble Creek Canyon Parkway
In February 1997, the Hobble Creek Parkway Committee submitted the trail proposal. In January of 1998 they received the grant confirmation for $55,000. With help from the Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah County, and Springville City, construction began in August 2001, and was completed in November of the same year. Asphalt was laid in the Spring of 2002.
Fish in Hobble Creek
Fish that can be found in Hobble Creek are cutthroat trout, brown trout, and a few rainbow trout. Cutthroats are the only native species. Stocking of rainbows, and all other fish in Hobble Creek has been discontinued because they are now self-sustaining and are reproducing naturally.
Wildlife in Hobble Creek Canyon
As you stand here and take in the beauty of this place, the first thing you might notice is the sound of water running over the rocks in Hobble Creek, or maybe a breeze or wind in the trees. If you look and listen, depending on the time of year, you could hear the song of a robin, junco, meadowlark, or gold finch. The calls of kingfishers and chuckers are heard high on the mountainsides. The sharp bark of a squirrel echoes down the canyon. Although you might not see these animals, they are here along with a host of others, including: humming birds, magpies, quail, mule deer, elk, coyotes, black bears, red fox, beavers, flying squirrels, cougars, lizards, water snakes, rattlesnakes, garter snakes, deer mice, voles, skunks, raccoons, muskrats, and weasels.