Friday, May 13, 2016

The Avenue's Twin Peaks

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Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Avenues Twin Peaks is another one of my go-to after work hikes. This hike is the most beautiful in Spring during Sunset, when the yellow flowers are blooming, the hills are green, and the temperature is just right; however this trail can be hiked year round. The Avenues Twin Peaks is almost always windy, so a light jacket is recommended. There is no water and no shade, and the trailhead is a popular spot for mountain bikers to depart on their ride.


The Avenues Twin Peaks is a great hike for beginners, families, dogs, or those looking for a quick hike. This trail is apart of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST as us locals call it), and therefore dogs are technically supposed to be on leash.  This is a great spot to bring a blanket, a beer or wine, and sit and enjoy the sunset.



In SLC, head north on 700 East. Turn left on S Temple, then immediately turn right on I St. Turn right on 13th Ave, then veer left onto Northcrest Drive. Turn left again on Terrace Hills Drive, and drive to the end of the cul-de-sac. There are two trailheads here, take the one to the East (right). This trail starts in a neighborhood (1036 Terrace Hills Dr), so there is only street parking. No restrooms are available. 

Distance: 3.2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 1100 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? 
Yes, dogs are technically supposed to be on leash but nobody does
Kid friendly? Yes
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Official TH, leading East.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Once you get to the first 4-way intersection, continue straight, and you should be able to see Twin Peaks in view, above my friends head.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the next intersection, follow the trail leading up to the ridge. You will have this amazing view of Little Black Mountain to the right in this photo and City Creek Canyon to the left.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Once on the ridge, continue following the BST East, toward Twin Peaks.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 There is only one steep section, which is just before the turn off for Twin Peaks.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Turn right at the top of the steep hill to summit the Avenues Twin Peaks.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Group photo of my group, Hiking in Utah - With our Dogs! We are a meetup group that hikes every Tuesday night with our pups! It's free to join, and we hike all over the Wasatch & Uintas.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The evening glow was really beautiful against this rocky area.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Walking back down the trail, as the sun is setting.
Hiking the Avenues Twin Peaks, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Map looking Northeast.


5 comments:

  1. Love the photo of you and Charlie in the yellow flowers:) What a great hiking group! I love seeing all the dogs.

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    1. Thank you! He sure is a photogenic dog lol. -Alicia

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  2. I have to try this hike from this trailhead! I have only done it from the I street TH. What a great post work dog hike!

    Katie @ www.KatieWanders.com

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    1. It's great to start here if you want a smaller hike, but your way is better for a longer hike. Just depends on what you are looking for. Both ways are great! -Alicia

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  3. Your blog is looking great hope everything is going good with you:)

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