It's time once again to see the "snow horse" on the mountainside, east of Layton. This prominent spring/early summer feature has been a seasonal landmark since pioneer times.
Pioneer legend said that if the snow horse was still visible by the Fourth of July, there'd be plenty of water in the valley all summer. Of course that was before the days of water reservoirs and deep wells.Another variation of the snow horse legend is that tender crops should not be planted until it is visible because it's a sign there will be no more frost until fall.
The snow horse is located at about 8,500 feet above sea level on appropriately named Snow Horse Ridge, east of the Layton-Kaysville border. It is perhaps easiest to spot from Gentile Street in Layton.
The figure takes shape because of the way the snow melts on an open ridge with several large outcroppings of rocks and bushes.
Sometimes a smaller coltlike shape can be seen following the horse. Others say a batlike figure sometimes appears.
How to spot it
The snow horse is found on Snow Horse ridge, one canyon south of Adams Canyon. Here are some directions to help spot the horse:
Find the large tree west of the sidewalk on Wasatch Drive, directly west of the Layton High Lancer street sign that has a bench on its west side. Stand on the east side of the big tree and look east to the mountains. Look down to the "L" symbol on the Layton High building and then look straight up to the ridge to spot the snow horse on a ridge.
If you still can't spot the horse, use your imagination.