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Horse Creek Top Escalante Mountain




Plate 900X. Horse Creek Top Escalante Mountain 1936 – 2005 Viewed northwest from Course B across the old Widstoe-Escalante Summit Snow Survey on Horse Creek Top. In 1936, a series of snow courses were developed throughout southern Utah by what is today the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). When they were first established, photographs were taken at each snow survey site. Although the snow course at Widstoe-Escalante Summit is no longer used by NRCS, the photos remain. The tall shrubs are currants, while the shorter shrubs are snowberry. Aspen has increased in height and there was some regeneration 30 years ago when mule deer numbers were low (Kay and Bartos 2000). Douglas fir and limber pine have increased despite the fact that many of the larger trees have been logged. The area is grazed by cattle, elk, and deer. See Plates 899x and 901x for additional views of this old snow course.

Photo Information:

Original photograph (NRCS – 193) taken on September 10, 1936; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 23, 2005 - - Photo No. 5465-30A. Original photograph held by the Snow Survey Supervisor, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salt Lake City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Mountain Brush, Aspen, Conifer


South West: Section 22, Range 1 West, Township 39 South; UTM 422650 E, 4184400 N; elevation 9,640 ft.

January 2018