A Mapleton landmark as I was growing up here in the 1990s, I stopped to snap some pictures the other day (July 2017) as they were taking down the store that for years we called Charlie’s and then for more years, The Junction.
I grew up hiking up to this cross often, it overlooks Spanish Fork and Utah County better than most hikes this short could. We always called it Escalante Cross. Recently (Oct. 2015) an Eagle Scout Project added a plaque calling it Dominguez Hill Cross – I didn’t find anything to back that up but I guess if you add the plaque you can pick the name.
A couple other posts on this site about the cross are:
The movie Brigham City was filmed in my home towns, Mapleton and Springville. I’ve tried to match up some photos and locations for fun, I’ll do more later but here’s a few.
N 40° 08.375 W 111° 35.907
N 40° 10.081 W 111° 36.624
N 40° 07.825 W 111° 34.705
N 40° 07.790 W 111° 34.695
N 40° 15.029 W 111° 38.958
N 40° 11.073 W 111° 29.968
N 40° 08.933 W 111° 33.333
Maple Mountain is above Mapleton and Spanish Fork, I grew up in Mapleton and hiked that mountain more times that I could count or remember. It’s a gorgeous hike but a longer one, there’s a nice pond we call Maple Lake when you’re most of the way up and it’s a great place to stop for a while before finishing.
The trail starts at the top of Whiting Campground, a quarter-mile after that you cross the creek to take trail 007 and can’t miss it from there.
I’ve had the hike take 12 hours up and back many times including time to play in the lake and catch salamanders but when hurrying and when in Shape I’ve gone up in 2 hours and come back down about that quick.
There’s plenty of wildlife and scenery and amazing views of the valley from the saddle (after the lake and before the top.)