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Overview

RATING: Easy Hike

Thu

91 | 49

Fri

91 | 56

Sat

91 | 56

Sun

90 | 53

Mon

89 | 52

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SEASON: Any
WATER: None

Thu

91 | 49

Fri

91 | 56

Sat

91 | 56

Sun

90 | 53

Mon

89 | 52

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Pictographs at the Ledge

Pictographs at the Ledge

The town of Coalville was founded in 1859 after coal was found near the nearby Chalk Creek. The small town sits in a very picturesque valley near the confluence of Chalk Creek and the Weber River. Just north of the downtown area is a sandstone rib/cliff band up the hillside to the top of a ridge. The sandstone cliff band is known as the Coalville Ledge.

The Coalville Ledge is a register of sorts. Perched above Chalk Creek, Native Americans left pictographs and petroglyphs on the ledge. When pioneers settled the area, they left their mark by carving names into the sandstone or writing on the cliffs with grease. Unfortunately, in more recent times, the ledge had become the site of an immense amount of spray-painted graffiti. The more modern graffiti has overwritten some of the old petroglyphs and pictographs. The views, rock art, and history of the place make it worthwhile to visit. We enjoyed a morning at the ledge immensely. An information sign and trail have been created in the last couple of years encouraging visitors to visit and to visit responsibly.

Notes: There is a tunnel near the base of the ledge through the sandstone rib. This tunnel is an old aqueduct to bring water from Chalk Creek to farms north of the ridge. It is also of note that sandstone was quarried from the ledge to build the Summit County Courthouse and several homes in the area.
Great views of Coalville along the ledge.

Great views of Coalville along the ledge.

Getting There

From downtown Coalville, head north on Main Street. Just past the Polar King, the road crosses Chalk Creek. The trailhead is on the right, just after crossing Chalk Creek. There is an informational sign at the trailhead.

More modern signatures at the ledge.

More modern signatures at the ledge.

Route

Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

From the trailhead, follow the constructed trail and it climbs up to the sandstone cliff band. The old aqueduct tunnel is the first thing encountered. Our toddler thought wandering through was hoot!

Beyond the aqueduct, the cliff band begins a mix of rock art and graffiti. The trail continues up along the cliff band, through a gate in a fence, and up to the top of the ridge and an excellent overlook of Echo Reservoir and the valley below.

The petroglyphs and pictographs are intermixed throughout, and to my untrained eye, sometimes hard to decipher from more modern graffiti. It seemed the long we looked at a section of cliff, the more interesting designs we could see. The petroglyphs seemed often painted over and hard to pick out without a very close look.

Return the same way.


Maps

Route / 0.66 miles / Elevation Range 5,584 - 5,794 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 466217mE 4530103mN

N40° 55' 17" W111° 24' 04"

Overlook

12T 466517mE 4530415mN

N40° 55' 27" W111° 23' 52"

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