Today was the day, we were going to get up to that flag. This is one of the shorter but challenging local climbs, especially if your goal is to climb efficiently. Some days I nail the climbing jog, where it feels borderline effortless. This was not one of those days. Even my power hike seemed labored, as I climbed up the steep hill slope in search of the recently replaced flag.
If you are considering a trip up to the flag, you should definitely do it. The view of the valley is gorgeous. The fog, on this particular day, blew in and out of the area providing a glimpse of those carrying on their day below followed by an eerily empty void surrounding us. The rugged dark rock gives the feeling that you are on another planet.
This trail adventure is roughly a mile each way with 1,542 feet of climbing. It is accessed by parking at the mouth of Providence Canyon and heading northward along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (or Deerfence Trail). After a short climb out of the mouth of the canyon, you will see somewhat of a game trail that turns east off of the BST and starts climbing.