Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hiking at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

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Hiking at Falls Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , Best Waterfalls on the East Coast
Fall Creek Falls State Park is located in between Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN. For Thanksgiving I was visiting my parents, who now live in Tennessee, about 1 hour away from Fall Creek Falls. Since this park was so close, we couldn't pass up a visit to check out the famous Fall Creek Falls waterfall.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hiking Grove Creek Canyon

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Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
Grove Creek Canyon is located to the east of Pleasant Grove, Utah. It leads you through a somewhat narrow canyon, that eventually connects with the Great Western Trail. Along the way you'll have an amazing view of South Mt. Timpanogos, and pass two waterfalls - the first which is inaccessible, and the 2nd you could probably find a way down to yet wouldn't be easy. Most hikers and runners enjoy viewing the waterfalls from the trail, as it looks directly down to them. At the top of the 2nd waterfall there is a bench to take in the view and a bridge that crosses the creek. This is where most people turn around, making a nice 4 mile RT hike. Dogs are allowed off leash on this trail, but I would avoid hiking it when it's really hot outside - there is zero shade. As always, bring plenty of water for both you and your dogs. Dogs can easily drink from the stream at the bridge.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Guest Post: Rappelling into Canyons a.k.a. Canyoneering

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Today's Guest Post is brought to you by Dawn Giffith of Utah Bucket Adventures! Dawn has been canyoneering for years. Here, she tells us what its like to explore and go on adventures through her eyes.
Rappelling into Canyons aka Canyoneering
By Dawn Griffith

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hiking Lewis Peak

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Lewis Peak (8,031 ft) is located in North Ogden, Utah and sits on the mountain between Ben Lomond to the North and Mt. Ogden to the south. This peak is usually forgotten due to it's popular neighboring peaks but it is actually a very scenic summit. Lewis Peak was named after Lewis Warren Shurtliff, who was among the first known to summit this prominent peak. At the time, he was only 16, when he climbed what would be named Lewis Peak on June 6, 1852 with some friends. On the summit, he piled up rocks and stuck a large branch in it to mark the high point. Lewis and his friends hiked here to scout out the area and help protect the settlers from the Native Americans. It's unusual for a geographic feature to be titled after a person's first name. In fact, Lewis Peak is only one of a few Ogden Wasatch Front Mountain peaks that is even named after a specific person.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hiking the Emigration Canyon Ridge & Perkins Peak

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The Emigration Canyon Ridge sits directly in the middle of Parley's Canyon and Emigration Canyon, on the East side of SLC. The trail starts from the Little Mountain Summit, which is a popular spot for road cyclists and runners to end their day. This ridge is a rarely hiked and very few know the peaks, yet anyone who drives through Parley's Canyon has been just below the trail. The Emigration Canyon Ridge provides access to Dale Peak (7,367 ft) and Perkins Peak (7,491 ft). Hiking the ridge is very easy - no scrambling or technical skills are needed and it provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and other ridges.

Friday, November 11, 2016

What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!

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What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!
Winter is just around the corner, and that means switching from your summer hiking clothes to warm, insulated, and weather proof hiking clothes. Making the switch doesn't have to be hard, all you need is to know what kind of material to buy to help prevent you from  getting cold, getting wet, and worse, getting hypothermia. Winter is a great time to hit the trails - there are less people outside, and you will get to experience the peaceful beauty of fresh snow along the way. Zip up your jacket, grab some snacks, and let's hike in the snow!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hiking Lone Peak from the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail

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Lone Peak (11,251 ft) is one of the tallest peaks along the Wasatch Front, and hovers over Draper, Utah. You can't miss this peak - it is clearly visible from both Salt Lake & Utah Counties. On a clear day, you can see this magnificent summit from 100 miles away. Hiking Lone Peak is almost a rite of passage for many hikers and especially Peak Baggers. Although Lone Peak is not one of Utah's 8 Ultra Prominence Peaks, it does rank 98th on a list of Utah Peaks with 500 ft of prominence and is on the list of the Wastach 11ers (peaks over 11,000 ft). This intense hike is not for everyone - you must be very prepared for any kind of weather, and most importantly, prepared for a super intense hike that will literally take you all day. The hard work will be worth it though, as Lone Peak offers one of the best 360 degree views around.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Guest Post: Hiking the Oquirrh Ridge Ascension Line (O.R.A.L.)

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Today's blog post is from our guest, High Elevation Mountaineering. Nick Carnahan and Alex Lawhun recently completed an 18 mile day hike along the Oquirrh Ridgeline - a rarely hiked and unknown route to many. What they encountered was more than they bargained for. Here is their story.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hammaka Parachute Hammock

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Hammocks have become super popular in the last few years, as a lightweight alternative to sleep while backpacking, are used to simply hang out by a lake or river, at picnics, at ballgames, and the outdoors in general. So when I came across the Hammacka Parachute Hammock, I knew it would be a great fit for me. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hiking the Emigration Canyon Miners Trail

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Hiking the Emigration Canyon Miners Trail
The Miner's Trail in Emigration Canyon is a lesser known trail in the SLC area, and therefore a nice, quiet hike to do with your dogs. The trail leads to a great overlook of Red Butte Canyon, and along the way you'll follow the old jeep trail the miners used to access mines, now gated off. The trail is pretty exposed to the sun, so if you are looking for shade, this isn't the trail for you. The Miner's Trail follows the contour of the hillside, and passes by rocky outcroppings, crosses a stream, cuts by a meadow, and towards the end, offers the hardest part of the hike up a few hundred feet to the ridgeline. This hike is safe to do year round, but my favorite time of year is Fall.