Tackling the mountain
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Part of our job out here is to walk all over the property leaving a GPS trail behind us. This includes a huge mountain that rises over 150 m (500 ft). The mountain has a couple of ledges that were formed by ancient Lake Bonneville which we walked on because it was much easier walking than on the steep scree slopes. My partner took the higher level, partly because he has more experience with what we are looking for. I walked the mid-level, which wasn't really level at all. So far we've spent about three days out there, and we still haven't covered the mountain yet. The locals call the mountain Snoopy Mountain because the end rock looks a lot like Snoopy (the cartoon dog) laying on his paws. For the life of me, I can't see Snoopy, but I do see what looks like a lion.
Ancient Native Americans inhabited this area and left behind traces of their presence. At the top of the scree slope on Snoopy is a very small opening, not quite a cave, that some ancient people spent some time in. You can still see the smoke stained ceiling. They also left a couple of pictographs featuring stick figure humans with antlers painted with red ochre. These are believed to be original pictographs dating possibly thousands of years ago. Lake Bonneville covered this area until 10,000 years ago, so these pictures could be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand years old! Red ochre is not found in this area, so it is thought to be unlikely that some jokester painted these.
From the top of the mountain, well not quite the top actually, you get a great view of the surrounding area.
On the west edge of our mountain is the ruins of an old mine. I'm not sure what they were mining but the surrounding rocks are a bright green. I haven't had time to go over and explore that area yet. All in all, its pretty amazing that I'm getting paid to hike on a mountain!
A little update - a couple weeks later: We finished walking the mountain - it took about 5 days and we covered over 30 miles on the ground (I only walked about half that).