Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

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Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab, Hiking in Moab with Dogs, Slot Canyons in Moab
Mary Jane Slot Canyon is one of Moab's hidden gems - the "trail" is a creek the entire way, which leads to a 30 ft waterfall. This is a great trail to do when Moab is too hot, and you, the dogs, or kids need to cool off. The canyon walls get higher as you hike further into the canyon, and eventually will reach upwards of 100 ft! There are several side canyons that allow for exploring tighter slot canyons. I first hiked this trail in March 2015, and really loved it. I just had to get back to show my friends what it was like! You can check out my original article on KSL here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jug Handle Arch & Petroglyphs

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Jug Handle Arch & Petroglyphs
Jug Handle Arch probably ranks pretty low on the "Arches list" if there is such a thing. However, what this arch lacks in grandeur makes up for itself for a worthy stop to check out the petroglyphs along the south facing cliff wall. Don't expect much from Jug Handle Arch, but if you happen to be on HWY 191 following the Colorado River or hiked either Jeep Arch or Corona Arch it makes for a good extra, quick stop since it's only 3.5 miles past the trail heads.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger

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Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger Gear Review, Best Air Lounger on Amazon
Looking for a fun, unique way to hang out while camping? Check out the Air Lounger by Live Infinitely! If you get back pain or just tired of sitting in a regular camp chair and want something different, the Air Lounger provides a way for you to sit or lay down anywhere, land or water. It only takes a few minutes to set up - both adults and kids can enjoy the views and campfire from a cozy spot!

Hiking in Hunter Canyon, Moab

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Hiking in Hunter Canyon, Moab
Hunter Canyon is located in Kane Creek, in the area called Behind the Rocks in Moab. Hunter Canyon is home to Hunter Arch and a few petroglyphs (if you can find them), and is a great hike for the whole family - dogs and kids, included. This winding canyon is beautiful - tall sandstone cliff walls, pools of water, a flowing stream in spring (it dries out in Summer), shade here and there to cool off, and red rock towers. Hunter Canyon stretches for miles on end, but most people turn around at the 2 mile mark, where the canyon intersects with a fork with another canyon.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hiking to the Deuel Creek Waterfall

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Deuel Creek (pronounced like do-ell) is located along the East bench in Centerville, UT just south of Parrish Creek and north of Holbrook Canyon. Deuel Creek is sometimes shown as Centerville Creek on older maps - whatever you prefer to call it, this trail is great for the whole family. It follows the creek the entire way, crosses several bridges, passes by a fun rope swing, and leads to a waterfall. What's great about this trail is that it is shaded for most of the hike. Dogs will appreciate the water and shade in summer, and kids will find that this hike isn't too hard for their little legs either. There is an option to follow the North of South Deuel Creek Trail - this guide will be for the South trail.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon

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Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Grotto, located in Hornet Canyon in Farmington, Utah is the local's hidden spot for cooling off in hot temperatures for both humans and dogs. This well shaded trail leads to a small, but deep pool perfect for two people sitting in to cool off on hot summer days. Prefer standing under a shower of cold water? Then stand under the overhand where 30 ft water weep drips constantly, creating a fun "shower" of fresh mountain spring water. Don't forget your swimsuit for this trail - it's quite the refreshing experience!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hiking the South Ridge to Mt. Wire

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Hiking the South Ridge to Mt. Wire, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Mt.Wire is a small mountain that overlooks the University of Utah, Emigration Canyon, and Red Butte Canyon. It is conveniently close, and can be hiked year round. Unfortunately, Mt.Wire isn't much to look at, but what this little hill lacks in prestige, it more than makes up for with steep trails, nice views of the valley, and a spacious top to stretch out and enjoy the scenery. Plus, if you are brave enough, you can climb up the old radio tower! There are two main routes to get to the summit - this way up past The Living Room, or up the South Ridge, the route I will be describing.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hiking the West Ridge of Grandeur Peak

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Hiking the West Ridge of Grandeur Peak
Grandeur Peak (8,299 ft and pronounced like "grand-er") is the one of the high points in Millcreek Canyon, and offers fantastic views of the SLC Valley and into Parley's Canyon. Most people hike from to the summit from Millcreek at the Church Fork Trailhead, since it's considered the "easiest" way to the summit. From Church Fork the trail is 6 miles RT with 2,900 ft. Want a challenge and a better workout? Hike the West Ridge to Grandeur Peak! Taking this route gains 3,300 ft in 4.4 miles RT. This route is not for the beginner hiker due to the steepness. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

9 Items to Keep in Your Dog's First Aid Kit while Hiking

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9 Items to Keep in Your Dog's First Aid Kit while Hiking
Humans have first aid kits, so why shouldn't your dog? When you are out hiking or camping there's always the possibility of your dog tearing it's paws, getting a dog bite, running into a stick or log, or getting allergies from an insect bite. You could easily buy a first aid kit from the store (and pay a lot of money for it), but making your own Pet First Aid kit is much cheaper, and you can put in the items you will actually use. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, always carry a first aid kit prepped for your furry friend. I've put together a list of the 9 Items to Keep in Your Dogs First Aid Kit, that you'll actually use!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah

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7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking in Moab with Dogs
Moab, Utah is an outdoor mecca, and gateway to several National Parks and Monuments, including Arches & Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Many people think that because these parks aren't dog friendly, that Moab isn't dog friendly. Listen up hikers - Moab is one of THE friendliest dog towns in Utah. All you have to do is hike outside the national parks, and you're pup will be in hiking heaven. There are over 20 hikes that are dog friendly and off leash - I've picked out the 7 Best Dog friendly trails in Moab for you and your pack!

Friday, April 28, 2017

ORCA Coolers & Drinkware

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ORCA Cooler Gear Review
ORCA Coolers are pushing the boundaries of innovation when it comes to insulation. We've all seen different versions of these coolers - durable, extremely well insulated, numerous sizes to choose from, and built to last. You may recognize the names Yeti, R-TIC, and Pelican to name a few, but what about ORCA? ORCA, which stands for Outdoor Recreation Company of America, is the newest company to the insulated cooler world, starting in just 2012. Based in Tennessee, this American-made cooler knocks out all other coolers out of the park. Whether you are looking for a cooler to bring to the park, on road trips, or hunting, you can count on ORCA to keep your food and drinks insulated for up to 10 days outdoors.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hiking to Five Hole (Colonnade) Arch

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Hiking to Five Hole (Colonnade) Arch
Five Hole Arch (aka Colonnade Arch) is located south of Green River, UT off a rough 4x4 dirt road. The arch is so special it has two names - Five Hole Arch for the obvious five holes nature has created, and Colonnade Arch for the resemblance to Colonnade architecture (a row of columns supporting a roof). Some maps only show one or the other name, and some only label it as "Natural Arch". Whatever you prefer to call it, this arch is quite stunning once you find it. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hiking the Moonshine Wash Slot Canyon

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Hiking the Moonshine Wash Slot Canyon San Rafael Swell
Moonshine Wash slot canyon is tucked away in the middle of the San Rafael desert, and is now one of my favorite non-technical slot canyons in Utah. The best section of the Moonshine Wash slot canyon lasts for about 1.5 miles, and at every nook and cranny the lighting can look very different and vibrant. There are a few chock stones creating a fun obstacle for hikers, where you have to use a down climbing technique called stemming (also chimneying). Both techniques require you to push your weight up against the slot canyon walls to help maneuver down drops more than 6 ft. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Soaking at Meadow Hot Springs

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Meadow Hot Springs, Utah, Hot Springs in Utah, Dog friendly Hot Springs
Meadow Hot Springs in Central Utah is a great family-friendly spot to hang out and soak in warm water. It's conveniently located right of I-15 and there's no hiking involved, so it makes for a great, quick soak when you are on a road trip. Meadow Hot Springs is located on private property in the middle of a cow pasture, but they do allow public access. There are a total of three pools to soak in, all around 100F degrees. The most popular pool is one of the smallest and closest to the parking area, and it is also the warmest. Each of the pools have algae in them, so its wise to wear water shoes to keep from slipping on the rocks under water.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hiking Notch Peak

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Hiking Notch Peak, Delta, Utah
Notch Peak (9,658 ft) is in Utah's West Desert near the town of Delta, Utah. Notch Peak is part of the House Range mountains and Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area. The northwest face of Notch Peak is also well known for having the 2nd tallest cliff face in North America with 2,200 ft of vertical rise, making it a popular spot for BASE Jumpers and climbers. The tallest cliff face is of course, El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park. Overall, the summit of Notch Peak rises roughly 4,500 ft above the Tule Valley. Because of this, Notch Peak has been called the "desert equivalent" of El Capitan.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Backpacking to Reflection Canyon

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Backpacking to Reflection Canyon, Lake Powell, Utah
Reflection Canyon is a side canyon of Lake Powell that was first brought to the public's attention when National Geographic photographer, Michael Melford, took an amazing photo of this canyon and wrote the article, Glen Canyon Revealed. Since then, Reflection Canyon has slowly become popular over the years as a "must see" location for photographers, backpackers, and hikers looking to explore this secluded area.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The End of Hole in the Rock Road

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The End of Hole in the Rock Road, Camping at the End of Hole in the Rock Road, Southern Utah
Hole in the Rock Road runs from Escalante, Utah to the actual Hole-in-the-Rock on the Western shore of Lake Powell. It's a 62 mile dirt road that follows the general route of the original Hole in the Rock Expedition, when the Mormon trailblazers crossed the Colorado River and ended their journey in Bluff, Utah. The Hole in the Rock expedition established the trail in 1879, and has since become part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and within BLM Land.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

10 Tips to Hike Safely at Night

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10 Tips to Hike Safely at Night
Hiking at night offers a much different experience of your favorite trail compared to hiking in daylight. You start to hear sounds, see shadows, the trail might look different, and you may feel like someone, or something, is following you. Getting use to hiking at night takes some practice, and also requires a little preparedness. Whether you planned on hiking at night, or perhaps your 3 mile hike turned into a 10 mile hike, use these 10 Tips to Hike Safely at Night!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hiking to Flag Rock

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Hiking to Flag Rock in Farmington, Utah
Flag Rock sits along the West facing bench just East of Lagoon, along the rocky mountain side. It's an easy hike that leads to amazing views of Davis County and Farmington, UT that the whole family can do. Short on time? Hike to Patsy Mine and call it good. This trail has little shade, but if you hike the way I went, you'll cross Steed Creek, which is a great place for the dogs to drink from and cool off, and have the kids play in the creek. During Spring all the run off will create a fun obstacle, trying to cross the creek while staying dry.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hiking the Lower Hackberry Canyon Narrows

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Hiking the Lower Hackberry Canyon Narrows, Cottonwood Road Scenic Byway, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Lower Hacberry Canyon is located in Southern Utah off the famous Cottonwood Road Scenic Byway, in between Cannonville and Big Water, Utah. It's rarely visited since you need to drive down a dirt road to get to the trailhead. However, it's now one of my favorite large slot canyons to hike for a few reasons: 1) the water is never more than ankle deep and makes for a great water hike 2) dogs are allowed and also enjoying playing in the water 3) no matter what your level/skill of hiking is everyone can do this hike 4) you'll likely see no people and 5) you can choose your distance.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hiking to The Nautilus

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Hiking to The Nautilus
The Nautilus is a delicate and beautiful rock formation made of wind and water eroded sandstone, at the edge of a small ravine near the Paria River, a mere 9 miles Northeast of The Wave. The Nautilus is an outcrop of a soft, thin-layered rock with a rippled surface texture, with the formation of a corkscrew-like gully. It's reminiscent of a conch shell, hence the term nautilus.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Driving through Valley of the Gods

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Driving through Valley of the Gods, Utah, Best Utah Scenic Drives
Valley of the Gods is a scenic backcountry area in Southeastern Utah, near Mexican Hat, UT. It's a 17 mile point-to-point drive along a well graded dirt road that even small, passenger cars can drive. It is a beautiful area with scenery similar to the nearby Monument Valley, without the fees or tourists. Valley of the Gods offers views of isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and spires, and wide open spaces. Because of it's isolation, people exploring and driving through Valley of the Gods need to be well prepared and self-sufficient and carry emergency supplies. Have a full tank of gas and plenty of water at the minimum.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hiking at Hovenweep National Monument

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Hiking at Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument is home to six prehistoric, Pueblo villages spread over a 20 miles range of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced boulder lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of the builders. The trail system at Hovenweep provides excellent views of all the archaeological sites.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiking to Jeep Arch, Moab

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Hiking to Jeep Arch, Moab
Jeep Arch, located only 15 minutes from Moab, Utah is one of the many amazing arches this area has to offer hikers. It's neighbor, Corona Arch, sees thousands of people a year yet Jeep Arch is a mere 0.3 miles down the same road and sees way less people. From it's name, you'd think it's a stop along the annual Jeep Safari routes, however no motorized vehicles (nor mountain bikes) are allowed on this trail. The arch got its name for the resemblance of a cut out of a cartoonish Jeep built into the natural sandstone.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Camping & Exploring The Wedge Overlook

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Camping & Exploring The Wedge Overlook
The Wedge Overlook is located in the San Rafael Swell only 3 hours from Salt Lake City. Often referred to as the "Little Grand Canyon", this destination offers expansive and stunning views similar to Grand Canyon National Park without the tourists, and fees, yet also allows dogs off leash. The Wedge was created from the San Rafael River carving into the terrain over millions of years. From the overlook you can see the San Rafael River, Window Blind Peak, Sid's Mountain Wilderness Study Area, and the lower Buckhorn Wash area.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Matador - Camera Base Layer

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Matador - Camera Base Layer
We wear base layers when hiking in the cold, why not put a base layer on your camera? Matador has created a unique cover, or base layer, to protect your camera while you are still able to as active in the outdoors as you always have been. No need to shove your camera down your pack anymore - keep the Matador Base Layer on hand, so you can capture that awesome shot at the perfect time without any pack hassle.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail, Moab

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Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail, Moab
Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail right outside of Moab makes you feel like you are in a totally different place - look anywhere in Moab and the dominant sight is the Moab rim. It's known as "Behind the Rocks" - an interesting mix of sandstone fins, large rock walls, and domes. Is Hidden Valley really a valley? Not quite.  It's actually two hanging terraces that descends into Behind the Rocks and eventually widens into a 4-wheel drive road while a boot-beaten path detours along the base of a sandstone wall with petroglyphs.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hiking the Onion Creek Narrows, Moab

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Hiking the Onion Creek Narrows, Moab
 Onion Creek is located off of HWY 128 near the gorgeous Castle Valley and Fisher Towers area - both excellent for hiking and climbing. Onion Creek actually extends for roughly 22 miles, but the best section, the Onion Creek Narrows, lasts for only 1 mile. Because of the short distance, it's a great hike (really more of a walk) for the whole family - dogs will appreciate the cool relief of the creek on a hot summer day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hiking to Corona Arch, Moab

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Hiking to Corona Arch, Moab, Hiking in Moab with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
Corona Arch is one of Moab's most popular trails and one of the most impressive arches in Southern Utah. From Moab, Corona Arch is closer than that of any arch in Arches National Park, and dogs are allowed (whereas in Arches NP dogs aren't allowed to hike any trails). Though this trail is extremely popular, it doesn't see the traffic like Delicate Arch does. I believe this is simply because when people visit Moab, they only think of hiking in Arches NP, not hiking outside of the park. Yet, that's where the best hikes are! Hiking to Corona Arch takes less than an hour for most hikers and offers beautiful views of Bootlegger Canyon. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hiking the Amasa Back Trail, Moab

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Hiking the Amasa Back Trail, Moab, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Moab with Dogs
The Amasa Back Trail, like many in Utah, is an old road, more popular with mountain bikers, four-wheelers, and motorcyclists than hikers. Most people's attitude is, "Why hike when you can ride?" The easy answer is rather than being preoccupied with a machine, hiking allows you to connect with the earth directly, allows you to look up more often and take in the views, and (for me) more fulfilling than riding. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder

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9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder
Whether you are a novice or experience hiker, I think we are all together when I say, "I hate cleaning my Camelbak bladder!" Yet, it's a necessary evil. Reservoir maintenance is essential to make sure you're getting hydrated properly without sucking in mold or bacteria. Reservoir cleaning should be given priority after every one to two uses. Cleaning your bladder doesn't have to be hard, use these 9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cross Country Skiing at White Pine Touring, Park City

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Cross Country Skiing at White Pine Touring, Park City
White Pine Touring in Park City, UT offers 20 Km of groomed cross country ski tracks for both skate and classic skiers. Nestled in the heart of Park City, this track allows you to glide your way below Park City Mountain Resort, through trees, past a pond, and depending on your route, by the historic homestead of the McPolin Farm. White Pine Touring is great for both beginners and advanced skiers, as there is terrain for every level. Since 1972, White Pine has been Park City's ticket to the outdoors, specializing in cross country skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and avalanche courses in the Winter, and in summer, mountain biking, and rock climbing. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pacific Mountain - Women's Incline Hiking Boots

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Pacific Mountain Women's Incline Hiking Shoes Gear Review, Hiking Shoes for Women
Pacific Mountain was born to bring comfort that stands up to the challenged of the outdoor environment - whether you are a backpacker, day hiker, or snowshoer the Women's Incline boot is sure to live up to their standard. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Pacific Mountain offers a line of hiking boots for men, women, and kids that are designed to withstand every element of weather. Offering a variety of boots from ankle to calf height, there's sure to be a style that will fit your need and activity.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Guest Post: 5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking

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Today's Guest Post is brought to you by Aria Zoner of Whole Food Hiker!
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
Every day is a chance to snack and rebuild yourself. But are the snacks you’re choosing creating an optimal environment for health to dwell in or a habitat that’s ripe for disease? How can you tell the difference? I would suggest looking at the landscapes where your snacks come from. Are they coming from healthy places that you would want to go hang out at yourself, or are they coming from factories and production plants where safety equipment may be required to be protected from cancerous agents and radiation? I don’t know about you but the later doesn’t sound like the kind of place that I’d want to go hang out at and I certainly don’t want to eat food that comes from there either.

It’s important to realize that step by step, snack by snack, our bodies are slowly changing like the landscapes around us. And also like the landscape, we’re either building up our ecosystem or creating desertification.

As I hike, I’m always looking around to see how edible the landscape is. Sadly, most of the time there’s not usually very much out there. So with that being said, here’s what I like to put in my backpack to ensure that I don’t go hungry.
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
#1) Nuts!
There’s no shortage of nuts in the world and by no means do you need to eat all of them. What I invite you to do instead is to explore their world, but in the end, just pick out the ones that are your favorite. Be mindful though of always choosing raw and organic when it comes to nuts. Why? If you’ve ever felt repelled, turned-off, or have grown “tired” of eating nuts - it’s likely a reaction to their oils having turned rancid during the roasting process. Like most nuts, almonds should be bright white inside and snappy, not pale yellow and chewy.

Tip: Switching to raw instead of roasted, many hikers have found that they’ve regained their love for nuts.
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
#2) Seeds
Now-a-days, most people are familiar with these 3 protein powerhouse seeds: hemp, pumpkin, and flax. But there’s also a ton of other medicinal and performance enhancing seeds that should be in the food bag too; such as cardamom, clove, and chia. Seeds are an excellent food source that can be used as the foundation for dehydrated crackers, soaked then blended into a patѐ, or dried then ground up as spices that can be added to things like homemade oat bars and energy nuggets. 

Seeds are nutrient dense and loaded with potential, which is critical for me. They can also be sprouted and replanted, which truly makes them an investment that keeps giving and re-giving.
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
#3) Veggies
I’m a huge fan of making my own hummus and patѐ mixes. These “mediums for the spice” are an excellent way to get-in beans and also seeds. Once blended and placed into a recycled hummus or pesto container, all that is needed is a handful of hearty vegetables to dip it with.

Tip: Eating green vegetables is great, but eating ones of every color is even better!
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
#4) Fruit
Dehydrated fruits are essential to any hike, and compared to vegetables, are easy to find. But a lot can be said too for having a piece of fresh fruit. What I like to do is pack-in fruits that pack-out their weight in flavor; like strawberries, bananas, and yes…even mangoes! My style is to wait until I get to the top of the climb – or to the apex of the hike – before savoring it.

The way I look at fresh produce is, it’s like edible weights that I only have to carry for half of the hike! 
5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
#5) Roots
According to the park curator at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, a cricket - which had recently entered into and was now living inside of the cave there – was not only the fastest evolving animal on the planet, but was subsisting mainly on roots! This got me thinking about how many of the foods I eat are root vegetables – like onions, garlic, turmeric, carrots, and ginger. I noticed that these foods also help develop eyesight and protect against diseases and stress. Adapting to your environment is important when going out hiking in the wilderness and having a variety of roots in your food bag can help. Besides carrots, yams, and radishes I also love snacking on beets.

Here are 4 ways to get beets on-trail:
·         Powdered – added to water
·         Fresh - grated or thinly sliced
·         Steamed – for 8-10 minutes
·         Dehydrated – until crispy

An indicator of a food’s health-giving power is in its ability to be enjoyed in all 4 of these ways.

5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day Hiking
What you may have noticed by now is that each of these snack foods is a part of a real plant. I would encourage you to also try eating foods that would make up the rest of the ecosystem – meaning berries, grasses, mushrooms, flowers, etc. By eating in this way, you’ll not only have an abundance of quality foods to choose from for your hike – ones that will also support your health and vitality beyond it - but you’ll rest easy knowing that your food choices have supported a healthy habitat on this planet as well.
Or in short, it’s not just the fact that “foods” with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, and hydrogenated oils are unhealthy. It’s the fact that to produce them there are too many solvents, machines, agents, and chemicals required.

Chemicals! I’m sure Hayduke is turning in his grave right now!

The best part about snacking this way is that at the end of the hike, there’s no garbage bag to deal with.

Thanks for reading this & please snack responsibly. NOW GO GET ON A TRAIL!



5 of the Healthiest Snacks for Day HikingAria Zoner is the creator of The Hot Springs Trail - the world's longest therapeutic trail - and is dually certified as a Health Counselor & Nutrition Coach. Aria's passionate about food and its effects on both performance and the envrionment; for the past 11 years he has been using his knowledge of nutrition to successfully complete long-distance thru hikes including the Idaho Centenially Trail, the Arizona Trail, and the Hayduke Trail. For more insights on nutrition and a free Insider's Guide about his adventures, visit his blog at Whole Food Hiker.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Altra Trail Running Shoes - Women's King MT

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Altra Trail Running Shoes - Women's King MT gear review, Best Trail Running Shoes for Women
It seems every 6-8 months I need to hiking & trail running shoes because I wear out the tread so quickly from my high miles. I had started to see a lot of people wearing Altra Footwear on the trails, so I knew I had to give them a try. Altra's newest style, The King MT, is the company's grippiest shoe yet. I quickly discovered that this Utah brand of footwear really can go the distance while providing comfort and grip. Named for Utah's highest peak, Kings Peak, this shoe is ready to dominate everything from dirt to tough ridges.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hiking Mt. Olympus

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Hiking Mt. Olympus, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Utah peak bagging
Mt. Olympus (9,030 ft) is the prominent peak above Murray/Millcreek, Utah and is recognizable from anywhere in the SLC valley due to its two long, rocky spines on the West face. Though it's not the tallest summit in the area, hiking Mt. Olympus is sure to give your legs a workout. Gaining 4,100 ft in just 3.3 miles (one way), your legs will feel like jelly quickly. The rise of this peak from the valley floor to summit impresses locals as well as visitors alike. The trail also quickly changes from city to backcountry, as you enter the Mt. Olympus Wilderness in just 30 minutes of hiking.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Guest Post: Take a Hike - 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest

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Today's Guest Post is brought to you by Mitch Stevens, the founder and lead guide of Southwest Discoveries.
Take a Hike - 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest
These trips of a lifetime will challenge you physically and engross you spiritually, leaving an unforgettable and enduring impression of the richest wild places on the planet. The southwest contains literally thousands of amazing hikes. Therefore, we decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the absolute cream of the crop. We rounded up 7 of the grandest adventures in the southwest, treks we have experienced firsthand. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hiking the Wild Rose Trail

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Hiking the Wild Rose Trail, North Salt Lake City
The Wild Rose Trail is located in North Salt Lake along the foothills and is a popular trail for hiking, running, and mountain bike riders. It sees way less people in Winter, so it's a perfect time to take your dogs. Dogs are allowed off-leash year round but it's best to take them in Winter so you don't have to worry about bikes flying down the trail, and it's a much cooler hike. This trail can get pretty hot in warm months, and there's no water available for your pup. 

This would be a perfect trail for very beginner hikers or a hike to take children on. You can pick your distance and the elevation gain is extremely gradual. Because this trail sits at 5500 ft elevation, the snow melts faster that higher elevation hikes, and can be quite muddy in Spring.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hiking Rob's Trail

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Rob's Trail in Park City, UT is a fun & easy trail that climbs a mere 730 ft over 2 miles to a beautiful overlook of The Canyons Ski Resort, Park City, and surrounding mountains. The trail works its way through evergreen forest, aspen trees, with great views along the way. This is a very popular trail, and therefor gets packed down during and right after a snowstorm. In summer it's a popular trail with mountain bikers connecting from the Mid-Mountain Trail so be careful of bikes flying through in warm months. This trail is dog friendly as well, but the best time to hike here with your furry friend is in Winter to avoid the bikers.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hiking to 12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs

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Hiking to 12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs - in Winter!, Wells, Nevada Hot Springs, Hot Springs in Nevada
12 Mile (Bishop Creek) Hot Springs is one of Nevada's hidden gems that is oh, so relaxing. Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the U.S., with more than 300 occurring naturally; most are found in Northern Nevada. With only a 2 mile hike, the whole family can get in on this one. The trail, which follows an old dirt road, is flat and quite scenic. How did it get its name? That's easy - it's roughly 12 miles north of Wells, Nevada along Bishop Creek. Getting to these hot springs is accessible year-round, but the 102F water temperature feels amazing in Winter. Worried about crowds? Don't be - most people haven't even heard of this place which makes it even more unique! Grab your swimsuit and snowshoes, and let's get soaking!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gear Review: PIEPS TX600 Dog Transceiver

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Gear Review: PIEPS TX600 Dog Transceiver
If you frequently wander into backcountry terrain with your dog, then you definitely need the PIEPS TX600 Dog Transceiver. Avalanches are a common sight in the backcountry, and one of the worse ways I can think of to lose my furry baby is getting caught in one and not being able to find him. Pair this with your human transceiver (aka beacon) so you can quickly find your ski partner in any condition.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail

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The Moose Hollow Trail near Jeremy Ranch/Kimball Junction is a lesser known hike that is perfect year-round - no worries about avalanche danger, great views of the area, dogs are allowed, it's never too steep, and it leads to a scenic overlook. This trail is very popular in summer with mountain bikers, so the best time to hike with dogs is winter to avoid having them get trampled on and prevents hikers from having to move out of the way less often.