Pioneers trek to Mile High Ranch
Heat, dust, accidents, determination and broken carts were common experiences for the Mormon pioneers.
Almost 400 young people from Southern California, ages 14 to 18, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently relived a part of what the pioneers endured in a two-day Pioneer Trek from Live Oak Canyon to Mile High Ranch, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the trek from Nauvoo, Ill., to Salt Lake. Many of those on the trek had only handcarts, which they pushed and pulled along the trail.
From 1846 to 1866 it is estimated that approximately 70,000 Mormon pioneers made the trek to the Salt Lake in the Utah Valley. Between 1856 and 1860, 3,000 men, women and children walked, with all their earthly possessions that could fit in a 5-by-6-foot handcart which they pulled.