Friday, April 19, 2019

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

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Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George
Red Mountain is located in Dammeron Valley, UT not far from Sand Hollow and Gunlock State Parks. Because it's not actually apart of the state parks and is wilderness area, dogs are allowed off leash. Be sure to start early in the morning so the sand doesn't burn their paws. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is very boring and uneventful, but what the trail does lead to is amazing. The Red Mountain Overlook looks down into Sand Hollow, and the white and red slick rock with Signal Peak in the Pine Valley Mountains to the East is incredibly beautiful. This trail is great for the whole family, as it only gains a mere 360 ft. It's a mix of sand and rock, but plenty of shade if you do need a break.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Woods Trail & Dog Park

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The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Woods Trail & Dog Park is one of Kimball Junction, Utah's newest dog parks. Located in a neighborhood to the north of I-80, this small dog park is fenced in for your furry pal to run around and get his energy out. After playing ball, grab your leash and take your choice of two trails starting from the dog park - the easy 0.5 mile loop that wraps around the pond, or the longer 1.3 mile loop that weaves it's way through the neighborhood with view of Summit Park Peak.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hiking the Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex)

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Hiking the Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex)
The Lower Sand Cove Trail is located in Dammeron Valley, outside of St.George, Utah. It's located within the Red Mountain Wilderness, making this a dog-friendly hike. Local's know this hike as "The Vortex", due to the interesting geology that created this large pot hole in the slick rock. The trail winds down through a flow of volcanic rock from the nearby Veyo Volcano, with red and white sandstone after. Parts of the trail are very sandy, so if you bring dogs here, make sure to get an early start in the day or the sand will burn their paws. Children will also be able to do this hike, since it is just over 1 mile long. After hiking through deep sand, you'll be on slick rock the rest of the hike, while cairns lead to to the "Vortex". It's a very short trail, but worth seeing at least once.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir

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Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Chair Peak (6,194 ft, aka "Chair Hill") is a small peak located at Deer Creek Reservoir. It's only 1.2 miles to the summit, but be prepared for a great calf workout. There is no trail to the top, making this a fun route with no "right way". This is a great hike to do year round, or especially when avalanche danger is too high in winter for other major peaks. There's nothing above you to slide, make this very safe. If you choose to hike here in Summer, sunset time is the best time to hike as you get to watch the mountains glow! Though this hike is fairly easy, you get amazing views as the Wasatch Mountains tower over Deer Creek Reservoir. This is a great peak to bag for beginners as well as for kids. Deer Creek does not allow dogs on this trail.