Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mt. Ogden, Snowbasin Ski Resort

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Hiking Mount Ogden, Snowbasin Ski Resort, Utah
Mount Ogden (9,579 ft) is home to Snowbasin Ski Resort, where the 2002 Winter Olympic downhill ski races were held. This is a popular summit during the summer when hikers are able to either hike from the base of the mountain, or take the gondola up to the Needles Lodge then traverse to the peak. There are multiple ways you can summit Mt. Ogden - Snowbasin, Taylor's Canyon, Beus Canyon, or Waterfall Canyon. Rock climbing is available on the East facing slabs of Mt. Ogden. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tony Grove Lake

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Tony Grove Lake, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Tony Grove Lake is a popular summer hang out and camping area in Logan Canyon, Utah, about and hour and half drive from SLC. Not only is it dog friendly (off leash) and kid friendly, you can take your kayak or SUP on the lake, there's camping on the southern end of the lake or at the official campground, there's picnicking, hiking, fishing, and will definitely offer something for everyone in the family. Many people head for for just the day to explore Naomi Peak and White Pine Lake as well, or bring a camp chair and enjoy 
nature along the lake.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Naomi Peak

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Hiking to Naomi Peak, Logan Canyon, Utah
Naomi Peak (9,983 ft) is the highest point in the Bear River Mountains, in Northern Utah. Most people make the summit from the trail starting at Tony Grove Lake, but you can also access the peak from Dry Canyon, which is on the West side of the mountain range. Starting from Tony Grove is on the East side of the mountains, and travels through many wildflowers in early summer, a rock amphitheater, several meadows, and offers breathtaking views of Cache Valley and the surrounding peaks.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon

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Backpacking to White Pine Lake, Logan Canyon, Utah
Backpacking to White Pine Lake in Logan Canyon can be described in one word - gorgeous! Or beautiful, or awesome, well...you get the idea. This was my first time to White Pine Lake, and I figured I would make the most of my time here and do a quick overnighter at the lake. White Pine Lake is surrounded by a large cliff wall to the West, Mt. Magog to the south, and Mt. Gog to the North.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lambs Canyon

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Hiking Lambs Canyon, Utah
Lambs Canyon is located off I-80 after passing through Parley's Canyon, but before you reach Jeremy Ranch. Lambs Canyon is part of the county Watershed, and therefore, dogs are not allowed. There are multiple signs saying no dogs, and there was even a county sheriff patrolling the area as well, so don't even attempt to bring them up here. This is probably why even though I've lived in Utah for 3 years, but never hiked here, was because I can't bring my dog. But sometimes, you have to leave them at home, and since it was a very hot day, I felt ok to leave Charlie at home.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Grotto Trail & Waterfall

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The Grotto Trail and Waterfall, Nebo Scenic Loop Road, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Grotto Trail & Waterfall path is more of a stroll, rather than a hike. At only 0.25 miles one way, this trail is very kid friendly. Not only is the distance short, but at the end is a rewarding waterfall that is a popular hang out on hot weekends throughout summer. Be ready to pass anywhere from 50-100 people on this trail - you won't find solitude unless you get there really early in the morning. This trail is great for dogs to cool off as well, as they are allowed off leash. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Santaquin Peak

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Hiking Santaquin Peak, Maple Bench Campground
Santaquin Peak & Loafer Mountain are the peaks above, well, Santaquin, Utah and are in between the famous Mt. Nebo (tallest peak in the Wasatch) and Spanish Fork Peak. Though the trail leads to Santaquin Peak, Loafer mountain is 2 ft taller, yet not many people go off trail to summit it. Santaquin Peak offers better views compared to Loafer Mountain, as you have 360 degree views of Utah lake, Timpanogos and Provo Peak to the North, Mt. Nebo to the southwest, and on a clear day you can even see Deseret Peak to the West. The first half of the trail is mostly forested, and the second half if fully exposed to sun and wind. Santaquin Peak has just under 3,000 ft of prominence. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

OOFOS OOlala Women's Flip Flops

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OOFOS OOlala Women's Flip Flops

I'm always on the lookout for the next best camp shoe, and when I came across the OOFOS OOlala Women's flip flops, I thought I might have found my next favorite camp shoe. 

Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail

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Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail was introduced as an off-leash dog area in November 2014 in Kimball Junction, Utah. The trail is just under 2 miles round trip, yet dogs have the freedom of roaming the full 43 acre fenced-in field. The trail is located along the drive to the Utah Olympic Park, so it's a neat to experience to be able to hike and see where the winter Olympians train. The trail takes you through a few beautiful aspen groves before hiking through sagebrush. There is one small stream near the beginning of the trail, but after that you will need to bring your own water for the dogs. This trail is suitable for puppies, children, and those looking for more of a stroll rather than a hike.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sherwood Hills Maze

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Sherwood Hills Maze
The Sherwood Hills Maze (or Labyrinth) in the foothills of Orem, Utah offers more of a spiritual destination, rather than say, an overlook. This area is not well know, and my friends who live in the area would like to keep it that way. Plus, I really wouldn't recommend this trail to anyone - there is a lot of overgrowth, bushwhacking is required, you have to be very careful about skirting around the private property in the area.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Battle Creek Falls

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Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Battle Creek Falls is another family friendly, dog friendly, and child friendly waterfall hikes that is enjoyable as more of a stroll rather than a "hike". It's short distance and elevation gain make this hike do-able for family visiting from out of town that want to see something pretty, yet not have to work hard to get there. It's a great spot to take your dog when it's too hot, as they are allowed off leash and love playing in the stream. I recommend wearing water shoes to walk in the stream, or if you are brave enough, to stand under Battle Creek Falls. The trail continues up past the falls, but most people turn around when they are done playing in the waterfall. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Buffalo Peak

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Buffalo Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Most peaks require hours of effort and are typically suited for hikers with a lot of back-country experience, yet Buffalo Peak near Orem, Utah is a peak for the whole family to enjoy (even the dogs!). With the low elevation gain, and short distance, even children will be excited to summit this "peak". You can reach the summit in under 15 minutes at a moderate hiking pace, or closer to 30 minutes with children. Buffalo Peak offers a fantastic view of Utah Valley to the West, and the Cascade ridgeline to the East. Late Spring and Early summer is the best time to hike here while the wildflowers are blooming. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Spanish Fork Peak

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Spanish Fork Peak
Spanish Fork Peak (10,192 ft) stands out by itself, as you make your way down HWY 6 towards Price, UT, it sits in between two other big peaks (Provo Peak to the North, and Santaquin Peak to the south). With almost 3,000ft of prominence, Spanish Fork Peak ranks #41 on the Utah Prominence Peak list, and is higher than any peak in Weber and Davis counties. This trail is not for the beginner hiker - it climbs 4,600 ft in just 5 miles. Steep is the name of the game, but your hard work will pay off with grand views of surrounding mountains and an alpine lake.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hiking Mt. Pennell

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Hiking Mt. Pennell, Henry Mountains, Utah
Mt. Pennell (11,371 ft) is the 3rd highest point in the Henry Mountains, coming in after Mount Ellen and Mt. Ellen Peak. The Henry Mountains are off the beaten path for most hikers, but the range itself is a peakbaggers dream! 5 of Utah's 81 prominence peaks are found in the Henry's: Mount Ellen (#3), Mt. Pennell (#26), Mt. Hilliers (#32), Mt. Ellsworth (#42), and Mt. Holmes (#64); the last two peaks are also known as the "Little Rockies." Take a few days to spend here, and you could knock out all five peaks.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hiking Mount Ellen

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Hiking Mount Ellen & Mt. Ellen Peak
Mount Ellen (11,522 ft) & Mt. Ellen Peak (11,506 ft) are located in the Henry Mountains, about 45 minutes - 1 hour south of Hanksville, UT. The Henry Mountains are an island of sort, as they are surrounded by three of Utah's National Parks - Capital Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. Mount Ellen is a hulk of a mountain, composed of two distinct parts. The first is the North Ridge, which has the 3 highest summits in the Henry's.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Panorama Trail

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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Panorama Trail
Kodachrome Basin State Park is located only 1 hour from Bryce Canyon National Park to the East, is only 5 miles down the road from Willis Creek Slot Canyon, and 1 hour West from Escalante, Utah, yet hardly anyone visits this state park. With it's red rock formations and deep blue skies, the photography options are endless. Kodachrome Basin State Park opened in 1963, and the National Geographic had the honor of naming it. It is home to 70 monolithic spires, ranging from 6-170 ft tall.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Willis Creek Slot Canyon

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Hiking Willis Creek Slot Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Willis Creek Slot Canyon is located only 45 minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park, yet tourists hardly ever make the drive to the trailhead. This is one of the "local's secret hikes". Willis Creek slot canyon offers not only marbled, narrow canyon walls, but it is also entirely flat, has a small waterfall, beautiful scenery in between the sections of the narrows, and it is suitable for any age or hiking ability.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe

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The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe is my new favorite river shoe. I've been a Chaco lover for years, but found that after 8-9 miles in a river, the straps would rub my sensitive feet the wrong way. I started to look for a fully enclosed water shoe, so that dirt and rocks couldn't get in. I didn't want Keens because of how bulky they are, and the little holes that allow rocks to get in. I also didn't want to have to stop every few feet to empty my shoe.

Devil's Garden, Metate Arch

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Metate Arch, Devil's Garden, Escalante, Utah
Devil's Garden is apart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and is home to Metate Arch as well as hoodoos. Not to be confused with The Devils Garden Loop Trail in Moab, this area is only 640 acres and is part of a Wilderness Study Area, for the purpose of possible wilderness designation; however, wilderness status was not recommended by the BLM back in 1991. One of the reasons state was that the existing roads, parking lot, picnic tables, and port-a-potty are all in close proximity to a natural area. The second reason was the likelihood of several groups of people coming to this area at the same time to the same formations (all of which are within a 2 minute walk from the trailhead). Both of those reasons diminish the wilderness experience of solitude.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Backpacking Coyote Gulch

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Backpacking Coyote Gulch, Utah
Coyote Gulch in Southern Utah is one of many quintessential red rock canyons of the Escalante River drainage. Containing several natural arches, natural bridges, petroglyphs, cascades, waterfalls, and pure beauty, Coyote Gulch is one of the most scenic canyons in Utah. Coyote Gulch could be hiked in one day, but why rush? With all that the canyon has to offer, plan on spending at least one night minimum backpacking. Two nights will really allow you to take in the massive canyon walls, sparkling stream, and breathtaking scenery.