Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hiking the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park

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Hiking the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park
The West Rim Trail is located in Zion National Park (ZNP) and is one of several popular trails for day hikers and backpackers in the area. It offers sweeping 360 views, mainly of Wildcat Canyon and Phantom Valley. This 16 mile long traverse is typically done in one day, but you can also take a more leisurely approach and backpack (with a permit). The first 8 miles stretch across Horse Pasture Plateau, a high alpine elevation (5600-7500 ft) dotted with Ponderosas, sage brush, yucca, as well as remnants from a fire. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hiking to 12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs

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Hiking to 12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs - in Winter!, Wells, Nevada Hot Springs, Hot Springs in Nevada
12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs is one of Nevada's hidden gems that is oh, so relaxing. Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the U.S., with more than 300 occurring naturally; most are found in Northern Nevada. With only a 2 mile hike, the whole family can get in on this one. The trail, which follows an old dirt road, is flat and quite scenic. How did it get its name? That's easy - it's roughly 12 miles north of Wells, Nevada along Bishop Creek. Getting to these hot springs is accessible year-round, but the 102F water temperature feels amazing in Winter. Worried about crowds? Don't be - most people haven't even heard of this place which makes it even more unique! Grab your swimsuit and snowshoes, and let's get soaking!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hiking Icebox Canyon via Wheeler Creek

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Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Icebox Canyon is a 5 mile loop hike that starts at Wheeler Creek, cuts through Icebox Canyon itself, the Art Nord meadow near Snowbasin, then back through Wheeler Creek. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers, families, dogs playing in the stream, and those looking to take visitors on a nice, scenic, easy hike.

Icebox Canyon is really well shaded, follows a stream, crosses several bridges, and loops by a really pretty meadow with Snowbasin Ski Resort as the backdrop. This trail offers a little of everything!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains

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Hiking to Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains
Flat Top Mountain (10,620 ft) is the highest peak in the Oquirrh Mountains (pronounced like "oaker") in Utah, which lies to the southwest of Salt Lake City. Most of the Oquirrhs are private property and mining land for the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mine, however the two areas you are allowed to hike are in Butterfield Canyon, and the Flat Top Mountain trail (update: 2019 land access below). Flat Top Mountain has a prominence of 5,370 ft, making it Utah's 6th highest prominent peak.