Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stewart Falls

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Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
Stewart Falls is a two tier waterfall located near Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon. The best time to hike here is in late spring, when the snow has melted from the trail and the waterfall is raging. This is a great hike for all levels of hikers since it's not too long, not too steep, and mostly shaded. Because of this, the trail gets very crowded on weekends. Arrive early to beat the crowds. This 200 ft waterfall is surrounded by a large rock face, and if you look closely, in Spring you'll see other small waterfalls near it.
From SLC head south on I-15 for roughly 30 miles (depending on where you start from). Take exit 272 in Orem, heading East. Drive for 3.7 miles on this road, then veer left for Provo Canyon. Drive another 6.7 miles, drive through the tunnel, then turn left at the brown sign for Sundance. Drive past Sundance for 5 miles, until you reach the fee booth for the Alpine Loop Road. Just after the fee booth, turn left into the large parking lot. From October to Memorial Day, the fee station is closed, but there is a self serve fee station in the parking lot. If you are there only to hike, there is only one fee option - the 3 day pass which costs $6. There are restrooms in the parking lot. 

Distance: 4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 400 ft
Time: 1-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
 The drive past Sundance resort. We were really hoping those dark clouds would keep away!
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 The very empty parking lot. When we got here it was only sprinkling.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 The trail starts right by the restrooms.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 Starting out you'll be hiking under large aspen and spruce trees.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 The trail wasn't that muddy for how much it rained earlier in the day.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 Bluebell Bellflower along the trail. Who would have thought that 
Utah has such beautiful flowers like this?
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 My favorite section of the trail. When it rains I feel like I'm in the pacific northwest with the low clouds, misty air, and how green everything is.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 The first open meadow. 
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 Halfway point. the view opens up and you can see the peak to the right.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 Tallie found herself a swimming hole...
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
 Arriving to Stewart Falls! Charlie loves taking selfies!
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
Continue walking down the trail to the base of the falls. Return to your car the same way you hiked in.
Stewart Falls Hiking Guide, Hiking in utah with dogs
Trail map looking West.
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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a nice little hike with a great reward at the end. We'll have to check it out, but we are in the area over Memorial Day weekend so...it may be too crowded. I think I need to research little known hikes in the area:)

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