Monday, October 31, 2016

Hiking to Willard Peak & Ben Lomond Peak

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Hiking to Willard Peak & Ben Lomond Peak, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Willard Peak (9,763 ft) and Ben Lomond Peak (9,712 ft) are the two high points dominating the Northern end of the Wasatch Mountains, above Ogden, Utah. Willard Peak is the high point for Weber County, though it sees less than half the amount of hikers compared to the popular Ben Lomond Peak. Both are worthy summits, and to avoid having to come back on separate days to hike each one, do both in one trip.

Foxelli MX500 Headlamp

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Foxelli MX500 Headlamp gear review, Best Headlights for hiking
Hate hiking in the dark? I certainly do. With the sunsets being so early, I usually get home around 5:30pm and its already dark. I love winter, but I can't stand the early nights. Plus, Charlie still needs to get a good walk in. The solution? A headlight that works. I've owned my fair share of headlights, and even if I replace the batteries, they always seem to die out on me after a few months. So I shopped around online, and found out that there are headlights out there that recharge via USB. That lead me to research the best USB rechargeable headlights. The winner?

Friday, October 28, 2016

GoDoggie Glow Collar Light

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GoDoggie Glow Collar Light Gear Review, Hiking with Dogs in the Dark, Dog safety
Charlie and I hike year round, no matter what time of day. Even though the long, dark Winter nights just around the corner, Charlie doesn't give me a break on walking him. In order for me to see him running around off leash on the trails at night, or dog walks around the neighborhood, we use the GoDoggie Glow Collar Light. These collar lights keep your furry kiddos seen, safe, and protected, especially at night.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets

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Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
Last week we drove to two hours to reach a certain peak we wanted to hike up, only to have to turn around. Why? Once we got close to the trailhead, there were tons of hunters out in their blaze orange. One guy stopped us on our drive and said, "You got some blaze, right?" We kind of mumbled, and was very adamant about letting us know we wouldn't be very safe hiking without any orange on, especially having a dog that is colored like a deer. Needless to say, as soon as we got to the TH, we turned right around. As soon as we got into service I searched for the best blaze orange Dog vests so that we wouldn't run into this problem again. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hiking to Little Water Peak

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Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Little Water Peak (9,606 ft) sits at the upper, East ridge, dividing Millcreek Canyon from Big Cottonwood Canyon. Little Water Peak is seldom visited, yet it offers great views of the surrounding peaks and a good look down into Millcreek Canyon. The summit is just above Dog Lake to the North, and while Dog Lake will have tons of people in the Summer months, Little Water Peak will offer a bit of solitude. This summit is safe to access year round. It only takes roughly 30 minutes from Dog Lake to the summit, so put it on your list!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hiking to Thurston Peak

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Hiking to Thurston Peak, Farmington,  Utah, Utah County High Point
Thurston Peak (9,706 ft) straddles the Davis-Morgan county line, making it the tallest peak for both counties. Many people think that Francis Peak, with the big white golf ball domes on the summit, is the highest peak along the ridge, but it is Thurston Peak that claims the high point. This is a relatively easy peak for Peak Baggers to summit, since it only gains 1,700 ft over 4.2 miles. The high alpine setting has expansive views all around - Antelope Island to the West, Mt. Ogden to the North, and an overview of Morgan, UT to the East. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hiking Kessler Peak

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Hiking Kessler Peak, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Kessler Peak (10,403 ft) is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon at the north end of the ridge that separates Cardiff Fork and Mineral Fork basin; it is the peak that connects the jagged ridgeline to Mt. Superior, also known as Cardiac Ridge. Kessler Peak provides an amazing 360 degree view of surrounding peaks, including Mt. Raymond & Gobblers Knob to the North, Broads Fork Twin Peaks to the West, Clayton Peak to the East, and Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo to the south. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hiking to Donut Falls

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Hiking to Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Kids, Hiking Utah
Donut Falls, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, is a classic Wasatch Mountain hike. This hike is suitable for all hikers regardless of age or hiking experience. This is usually the trail I will take family that is visiting from out of state since it hardly gains any elevation, yet it leads to a beautiful destination. It is a very rewarding for those who don't regularly hike but still want to see Utah's varying scenery. Because of these things, Donut Falls is very popular - you will literally see hundreds of people here on weekends, especially in Summer. Hiking the Donut Falls trail is safe and easy to access year-round. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hiking to Silver Lake & Beyond

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Hiking to Silver Lake & Silver Glance Lake, American Fork Canyon, Utah
Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon is a beautiful high alpine lake that sits just below the Little Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline on the south side. This moderate trail slowly gains elevation, so it's not super hard to reach this awesome destination. The trail passes by some boulders, crosses a stream, climbs up 3-4 long switchbacks, and finally reaches the lake after only 2.2 miles (one way). This is a great hike for dogs to be off leash, and there is plenty of water for them to drink from. Bring some snacks, and take in the scenery at Silver Lake, or for those needing some extra mileage, continue on to Silver Glance Lake.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tumalo Hydration Pack by Mazama Designs

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Tumalo Hydration Pack by Mazama Designs

The Tumalo Hydration Pack is Mazama Designs newest pack on the market. I recently did a post on a few of their other hydration reservoirs, so when I got the Tumalo pack, I was super excited to test it out and add it to my pack collection. Mazama Designs offers a complete line of patented/patent-pending water bladder systems and replacement parts for almost every backpack on the market. All of the bladders are made in the USA, using Metallocene film, which provides for a taste-free drink of water. No more plastic-mouth syndrome!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hiking Mt. Van Cott

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Hiking Mt. Van Cott, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Hiking Mt. Van Cott (6,351 ft) is the knoll behind, and above in the foothills of the University of Utah. It's low elevation makes is a safe and fun hike to do year-round. My favorite time to hike this trial is in late Spring through Fall when the trail is dry. Hike here in early spring or a warm day during winter, and this trail is sure to be a mud slide. This trail is short but sweet, but short and steep, which makes for a great quick, post-work hike.