Monday, April 25, 2016

Cathedral Gorge State Park

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Hiking and Camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park
Cathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca, NV is a hidden gem in the heart of the Great Basin Desert. The Great Basin Desert is the largest US desert, which covers an arid expanse of about 190,000 square miles and is bordered by the Sierra Nevada Range to the West, and Rocky Mountains to the East. At the South East corner of Nevada sits Cathedral Gorge State Park, which exposes erosion that has carved unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIF6 Mini Tripod Octopus Style

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RIF6 Mini Tripod Universal Octopus Style Mount for Smartphone, Camera, Webcam, Cell Phone
I've upgraded from my selfie stick, to a selfie tripod, and I am SO excited to have found the RIF6 Mini Tripod! I was on the hunt for something lightweight (for backpacking & day hiking), something rugged, and that would actually fit my iPhone 6s. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nine Mile Canyon

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Nine Mile Canyon, Utah trail guide
After hiking to Gordon Creek Waterfalls, we drove to Nine Mile Canyon. From it's name, you'd imagine that it would literally be nine miles - in reality, Nine Mile Canyon is actually a 70 mile long Backcountry Byway. The BLM believes it derived it's name from, when in 1869, John Wesley Powell was exploring the Green River. The expeditions cartographer used a nine mile transect for mapping and the canyon retained that name.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gordon Creek Waterfalls

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Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Gordon Creek Waterfall is a lesser-know falls near Helper & Price, Utah. Most people like to arrive here by ATV, however it's a super easy hike that is great for the whole family. You may also see horseback riders on this trail so be careful when turning a corner. Gordon Creek Waterfall is located in a flash flood area, so it's not recommend to be in this area after a heavy rain. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Heugh's Canyon Waterfall

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Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah
 Heugh's Canyon Waterfall is a "local's secret" - you won't find very much info on these waterfalls. This canyon is situated between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Mt. Olympus, making this a dog friendly hike. The trail starts from the elite Cove Canyon neighborhood on the East side on Wasatch Blvd. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Broads Fork Twin Peaks via Robinson's Variation

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Twin Peaks via Robinson's Variation, Broad's Fork trail, Utah
In June 2015, a group of friends and I summited Broads Fork Twin Peaks in Big Cottonwood Canyon via Robinson's Variation. If you've done any research on this peak, you've seen several routes that will lead you to the top. My friend who lead us on this hike, had done it other the ways, but wanted to try this route out. I was up for anything! He had heard it was do-able, but steep. Robinson's Variation was also appealing to us because it could be done as a loop hike - up Robinson's, summit, then down the traditional Broad's Fork route. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Iron Canyon

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Iron Canyon trail, Park City, Utah
Iron Canyon in Park City, Utah is the "local's secret" for a beautiful, secluded trail that overlooks the Park City valley and the ski resorts. On a clear day you can see all the way out to the Uinta Mountains. The trail is more popular in winter as a fun sledding spot, but my favorite time to go is in early Summer when 
everything is turning green again. Most of the mountain is on private land, but the Iron Canyon trail allows for public access. The most difficult part about this hike is the parking - there are only 4 legal spots, and in summer months they are often filled by the neighbors throwing parties. Weekends and warm days will be harder to get parking, so I suggest hiking here during the week after work. Not only will you get in a quick work out, but also fantastic views.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rocky Mouth Falls

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Rocky Mouth Falls, Utah, Kid friendly trails in Utah
Rocky Mouth Falls is a very easy walk that can be reached in about 10 minutes, and is located just above the east side neighborhood in Draper, Utah. This past week I seemed to be on a waterfall streak, hitting Lisa Falls, Faux Falls, & Mill Creek Falls. Rocky Mouth Falls was my 4th waterfall in five days. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Interview with Fitness Fox Headbands!

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Fitness Fox Headbands

"Every now and then I come across an Instagram account that really catches my attention. Usually because the pictures all have the same filter, or their food pics look extra delicious. But this account was different. Alicia Baker, the owner of @GirlOnAHike, is living the life we only dream of. Accompanied by her adorable pup, Alicia posts scenic selfies and landscapes of most the amazing adventures that inspire the most wonderful story books. Let's join her!"  -Alix @ FitnessFoxHeadbands

Kenny Creek Trail

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Kenny Creek Trail, Utah
The Kenny Creek Trail in Bountiful, Utah is not a trail you hear of often. In fact, when we hiked it we literally ran into only three other hikers the entire time. Though you will mainly see people crossing the bridge to hike Mueller Park Trail, Kenny Creek will offer you solitude, beautiful views across the canyon to Mueller Park Trail, and views of Antelope Island to the west. Even on weekends this trail will be less populated compared to Mueller. Along the trail you will cross two creeks; and at the end of the trail you will encounter an old miners cabin from the late 1800s. Though this trail offers fantastic views, it has it's own challenges: 1) the low brush will tear up your legs if you wear shorts, 2) the steepness makes it feel like you've hiked longer.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lisa Falls

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Lisa Falls, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Lisa Falls is another super easy waterfall to reach, and is great for kids. This seemed to be the "week of waterfalls" for me. I also visited the Left Fork of Mill Creek and Faux Falls in Moab which are also both great for dogs and kids. Every time I drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon, I say "there's a waterfall over there - we should check it out!" But I never did...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Faux Falls, Moab

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Faux Falls, Moab
Faux Falls in Moab is a very short walk, that the whole family will enjoy. "Faux" is French for "false" or "fake", hence the name. Faux Falls was built in 1981 along with Ken's Lake, when a drought in the early 1970s pressed for the need of more water for Moab and surrounding areas. Ken's Lake is named for the then District Chairman, Ken McDonald, and the lake was dedicated for irrigation purposes in the upper Spanish Valley - long known as "Poverty Flats" because of its lack of water. It cost $4 million dollars to build the 96 ft high dam to hold an esitmated 2,750 acres of water that allows for the culivation of roughly 900 acres of land.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

North Fork of Mill Creek, Moab

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Left Fork of Mill Creek, Moab, Hiking in Moab with Dogs
Hiking the North Fork of Mill Creek in Moab has been on my hiking "to do" list every time I'm in town, but it always got put on the back burner for other trails. This time, since we had 5 dogs with us, we made it happen! Us and the dogs had done a dry hike the day before at The Fisher Towers, and really needed to cool off. We all had big dogs, and they tend to overheat quickly. Hiking along a stream seemed like the perfect way to cool off. However, I wasn't looking forward to Charlie riding home 4 hours in the car home soaking wet and sandy. Sometimes you just need to let the dogs have fun and not care about keeping things clean.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Fisher Towers, Moab

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Hiking the Fisher Towers, Moab, Utah
The Fisher Towers Trail is located 16 miles North East of Moab, Utah, and offers a 5 mile (RT) hike that winds through these fin-like structures. The Fisher Towers are composed of Moenkopi and Cutler sandstone, and have eroded into many shapes and sizes. These towers are one of the most outstanding scenic features of Utah's Colorado Riverway, as the rock pinnacles soar above a maze of red and pink hued canyon, and overlook the Colorado River, Onion Creek, and the famous rock "Priest & Nuns" to the south.