Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hiking the Sardine Peak Loop, Snowbasin

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Hiking the Sardine Peak Loop, Snowbasin
The Sardine Peak Loop starts from Snowbasin Ski Resort, and for little effort, leads to an amazing view at the Ogden Canyon Overlook and surrounding canyons, all while create a nice 9 mile loop. This trail is always very gradual, and while I wasn't able to find a route to the actual peak, the trails crosses the base of it. If you really wanted to bushwack to the summit you can, and it reaches an elevation of 7,485 ft. This loop is available year-round, but Summer months are the hottest since there's no water source for the dogs and little shade.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Review - Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)

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Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
"People often ask me, "What's your favorite campground?" That would be like asking a mother to pick her favorite child: it really depends on the day, my mood, and who's asking." - Jeffrey Steadman

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hiking Neff's Canyon to the Ridge

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Hiking Neff's Canyon to the Ridge
Neff's Canyon is located just south of Millcreek Canyon near Mt. Olympus, which starts in the White Hill Estates neighborhood. The trail works steeply up the ravine until it reaches a popular turnaround point, the meadow, and continues on to the ridge. Neff's Canyon gains a steady elevation of 1,000 ft per mile, so you'll definitely get a great workout in. Hike up as far as you feel like it, or make it all the way to the ridge where you'll have an amazing view looking down into Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Friday, November 3, 2017

10 Tips for Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

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10 Tips for Backpacking Buckskin Gulch, Backpacking Buckskin Gulch with Dogs
Backpacking Buckskin Gulch is a one of a kind adventure - not only do you get to travel through the world's longest and deepest slot canyon, but you have some of the most amazing views of long hallways with rocks towering 200-300 ft above you, hiking through dark sections of molded rock, climbing over obstacles, but also get to experience camping overnight in this amazing area. While this canyon has been nicknamed the "worlds most dangerous hike" it also often appears as one of the top "must-do hikes" in the world! As long as you go prepared, it's a trip of a lifetime!

Here are 10 tips for backpacking Buckskin Gulch!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to White House

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Backpacking Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to White House, Backpacking Buckskin Gulch with Dogs
Buckskin Gulch is the longest and narrowest slot canyon in the world - a serpintine hallway with walls of solid stone and a floor dotted with boulders where in some places it's so tight, even the sky is not visible. The rock walls tower anywhere from 100-300 ft tall, and at it's narrowest, is only 2 feet wide. You can hike Buckskin Gulch in a single day, or carry a full pack and camp in the heart of the slot canyon - an experience only done by up to 20 people per night in the entire 45 miles slot canyon.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hiking to the Wellsville Cone

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The Wellsville Cone (9,356 ft) is the 2nd highest point in the Wellsville Mountains, the highest being Box Elder Peak. Wellsville Cone is only 16 feet lower, and if you must bag the tallest peak of the mountains go for it, but the views will be the same. There are several routes to reach either summit and all require bushwhacking, and are long, steep hikes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram

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Hiking to Mt. Baldy from the Snowbird Tram
Mount Baldy (11,068ft) is the summit that divides Snowbird from Alta Ski Resorts, and is a short and easy summit, especially for newbie peak baggers. There's nothing technical about this hike, which also makes is great for kids looking to bag a few easy peaks. Advanced peak baggers often combine Mount Baldy with either a section or entire ridgeline of Little Cottonwood Canyon. But, if you are looking for something short you can take the Snowbird Tram up and hike 1 mile to this summit. Looking for something longer? Hike up from the base of Snowbird.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hiking to Wild Horse Window Arch

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Hiking to Wild Horse Window Arch, San Rafael Swell, Uta
Wild Horse Window Arch sits in the heart of the San Rafael Swell near Goblin Valley State Park. This arch is actually visible from the road leading to Goblin Valley yet very few make the trek to this cool arch. There are several nicknames such as "The Eye of the Swell" and "The Eye of Sinbad". Older maps refer to it as Skylight Arch, but whatever you call it, it's worth the hour or two it will take to see this massive area. There's no official trail, and that's partially what makes this fun. You get to explore on your own, yet at the same time will be lead to a great destination.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon

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Hiking the Crimson Wall Trail, Logan Canyon
The Crimson Trail (originally called the China Wall Trail) is located in Logan Canyon, and was referred to as such because of the long wall-like formation that lines both sides of Logan Canyon. The wall itself is mainly composed of limestone and quartzite, and offers a few challenging climbs for rock climbers. What attracts hikers to the Crimson Wall is its gorgeous views of Logan Canyon. The best time to hike this trail is in Summer or Fall when the snow is gone and the trail is dry. The trail is mainly north-facing, and therefore the snow and ice remains well into Spring. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hiking to Grandview Peak from Killyon's Canyon

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Hiking to Grandview Peak from Killyon's Canyon
Grandview Peak (9,410 ft) sits at the Salt Lake/Davis County line and is one of the seldomly visited peaks along the Wasatch Front. It's a long hike in from all directions, there's no water source, very little shade, and a little bushwhacking required. No matter which route you choose (described below), be prepared for a full 10-12 hour day. However, I've been staring at this peak for 4 years now, and I just HAD to knock it off my peak list. Wednesday night I was looking at the weather for the week, and it was supposed to have perfect blue skies, comfortable temperatures, and the Fall colors were also almost at their peak. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir

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Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The Skull Crack Trail at the Causey Reservoir, is located 45 minutes East of Ogden, Utah. This 142 acre reservoir sits at an elevation of 5,700 feet and is surrounded by steep, forested, valley terrain, which extends into three small canyons. Most of the reservoir is best explored by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, however, hiking along the Skull Crack Trail also provides jaw-dropping scenery. The Causey Reservoir was built during 1962-1966 as a way to provide water to the Northern Wasatch front.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hiking to Ant Knolls

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Hiking to Ant Knolls Midway, Utah
Ant Knolls (9.852 ft) is a nice peak on the backside of the Wasatch Mountains, near Midway, Utah. The summit offers amazing views into American Fork Canyon, and into the Heber Valley. There are several starting points to reach the summit. The most popular is via Pole Line Pass along the Snake Creek Road, and is a mere 2 miles to the summit. We had all day to explore the area, so we started from Big Flat also along the Snake Creek Road. This extends the hike to 6 miles RT and also creates a small loop.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Exploring the Yant Flat Cliffs

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Exploring the Yant Flat Cliffs, St. George, Utah
The Yant Flat Cliffs is area is northwest of St. George down a dirt road that leads to a gorgeous view of red and orange rocks. This sandstone layer extends about 3 miles long at the southern boundary of a rocky plateau (Yant Flat), and the cliffs and buttes offer a variety of unusual striped rock formations. The wavy bands occur in shades of orange, red, pink, yellow, and white. Exploring the Yant Flat Cliffs (aka Candy Cliffs to locals) is relatively easy as you manuever steep slopes across slickrock.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hiking to Signal Peak, Pine Valley Mountains

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Hiking to Signal Peak, Pine Valley Mountains, Washington County High Point
Signal Peak (10,365 ft) is the high point for both the Pine Valley Mountains and Washington County. It you are a peak bagger looking to summit all of Utah's County High Points, you'll be hiking this one. The main route starts from the Oak Grove Campground, and follows the trail up the South ridge very steeply, before dropping into forested areas, and then hiking off trail to reach the summit.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hiking to the Pine Hollow Overlook

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Hiking to the Pine Hollow Overlook, American Fork Canyon
The Pine Hollow Overlook is in American Fork Canyon, and provides an amazing view of the North side of the Timpanogos basin. It's a perfect hike in Fall because you pass several meadows and Aspen groves that showcase their Fall colors, plus the temperatues are cooler. There are several access points for the overlook - the official Pine Hollow Trailhead, Tibble Fork Reservoir (the longest route), the Salamander Flat Campground, the Summit Trailhead, or how I did this, was via the Alpine Loop Road.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

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Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon
The Horse Flat Trail in American Fork Canyon starts from the Summit Trailhead, and passes through several meadows, large Aspen groves, and shaded areas before finally reaching the overlook. This trail is really well shaded, and is perfect during Fall when all the Aspen trees are changing colors. Temperatures are also cooler in Fall - when the valley can be in the 60s, the top of the Alpine Loop Road can be in the 40s. Keep in mind that the Alpine Loop Road is only open during from late June to the end of October, or whenever the first snow arrives. This trail is great for dogs off leash, and even kids can hike this route.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hiking My First 14er - Handies Peak, Colorado

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Hiking to Handies Peak, Colorado
Handies Peak (14, 048 ft) is located near Silverton, Colorado and just happened to be my first "14er" I've summited! If you aren't familiar with that term, it just means you've hiked a peak that is over 14,000 ft in elevation. There are 96 "14ers" in the US, and Colorado has the most at 57! One down, 56 to go!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hiking to Ice Lakes Basin, Colorado

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Hiking to Ice Lakes Basin, Colorado
Ice Lakes Basin is located near Silverton, CO, a mecca of hiking, backpacking, and camping! Ice Lakes Basin sits at an elevation of 12,500 ft, and the trail begins at 9,900 ft. Because of this, some people get elevation sickness or have a hard time breathing on this hike, especially since it's somewhat steep the entire way. This popular hike offers several lakes, stream crossing, peak viewing, and gorgeous overlooks that can't be beat. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping

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6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping
Camping & backpacking with dogs is really enjoyable, but the fun can be ruined if your furry pal is shivering and can't stay warm. Here in Utah, the temperatures can be 90F during the day and drop as low as 30F in the desert, even in the Summer. It doesn't matter if you decided to camp in Moab or in the High Uintas, always be prepared for cold weather camping with your dog, especially since the weather can change so quickly here. After camping and backpacking for 5 years with Charlie, one of the top questions I get is how I keep Charlie warm. Here are my 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park

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Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park
The Narrows in Zion National Park is a must-do hike for any hiker looking to experience a slot canyon, hiking through water, and see gorgeous views that Zion is known for. You will not, however, have solitude as The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in the Southwest, and especially in Utah. As the name "Narrows" implies, it's the narrowest canyon in Zion Canyon at only 20 feet wide and canyon walls over 1,000 ft high. This all time classic hike should not be missed on your trip to Zion!

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!

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How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!
Backpacking is one of my absolte favorite activites to do in Summer, especially since Utah has some amazing backcountry. But what really makes is great is that Charlie gets to comes along, and having him there just makes it so fun, I get a snuggle buddy, I feel like I have a protector, and I love that we get to explore new terrain together. Backpacking with dogs is awesome and whether you've been backpacking for years and just got a new dog, or maybe you've been a team for awhile and want to start together here's, how to Get your dog ready for their first backpacking trip!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers

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Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers
Backpacking to Titcomb Basin in Wind River Range of Wyoming should be on every backpackers "to do" list. The rugged terrain offers massive mountains with spire towers, clear glacial lakes, high alpine grassland & wildflowers, and world class hiking, backpacking, and climbing. Titcomb Basin is truly a pristine and special place. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas

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Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas
The Lofty Lakes Loop in the Uintas is a beatiful 4 mile loop that takes you past several high alpine lakes, a few cool overlooks, and is relatively easy hike for most people. To make this route even better, add on a side trek to Cuberant Lake! It is one of the most popular trails along the Mirror Lake Highway, however don't let that stop you from hiking this loop at least once. This is one of the prettiest day hikes in the area! You can hike this loop in either direction, but counter-clockwise is a bit easier since the elevation gain is done near the begining of the hike and it's more gradual this way.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ethnotek Premji Backpack

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Ethnotek Premji Backpack gear review
The Ethnotek Premji 20 Liter Backpack combines work and play in one pack - use this for work, school, the gym, or even a light day hike! Ethnotek is a fusion of two entities: Ethnology & Technology! At Ethnotek their mission is to keep culture alive by creating high-quality travel packs that feature ethnically-sourced handmade textiles. The term "Premji" is the name of Ethnotek's longest standing and most loyal weaver in India, who has been with the company since the begininng. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas

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Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas
Hayden Peak (12,479 ft) stands out for anyone who's driven along the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uintas. This rugged peak is quite intimidating from the road, but for Peak Baggers that's nothing to prevent us from climbing it. Hiking to the summit of Hayden Peak is NOT for the beginner hiker nor the beginner peak bagger. You should be comfortable hiking across narrow ridges, class 3 scrambles, and route finding. There is either a very faint, or non-existent trail. Though this route is only 2 miles one way, you'll gain a total of just over 2,000 ft. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon

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Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon
Cascade Springs is a large artesian spring with naturally-terraced cascades and pools, located in American Fork Canyon. Over 7 million gallons of water flow through the springs each day. Cascade Springs isn't a hike, but more of a really easy, casual stroll. It's perfect for families with strollers since boardwalks and paved paths lead the way, and children will enjoy a walk suitable for little legs. There are several interpretive signs, so you can also learn about the flowers and vegetation.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak

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Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak, American Fork Canyon
Mill Canyon Peak (10,349 ft) sits on the backside of the Wasatch Mountains and offers amazing 360 degree views. For a 10,000 ft peak this is a relatively easy summit - there's a trail most of the way and no scrambling. You will likely not see another hiker which is great, but the biggest downside to this route is the amount of dirt bikes. We passed seven of them by 9am, and the noise and dirt they kicked up wasn't the best, and I had to make sure I moved Charlie far enough off the trail. However, if you can get past that you will get a huge reward in scenery and views on Mill Canyon Peak.
This trail is only half shaded so you'll want to start early to beat the heat. Bring plenty of water for you and the dogs. I found my Paria Outdoor Trekking Poles to be really helpful, especially along the ridge.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas
Ibantik Lake ("eye-ban-tick")  is located conveniently close to the Mirror Lake Highway in the High Uintas, and backpacking this route is perfect for beginner backpackers since it's a fairly short yet rewarding trail. It is a very popular lake to camp at, and therefore you won't have much solitude. The best things about this lake is how clear the water is, and you'll see plenty of mountain goats as Notch Mountain looms above you. The trail is really easy to follow, and is best done as a point-to-point route.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Backpacking to Priord Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Priord Lake, Uintas
Priord Lake sits high in the Uintas in Ashley National Forest at roughly 11,000 ft. The water is an incredible turquoise color, with the Prior Cirque, Priord Peak, and Yard Peak as a beautiful backdrop. The scenery here is unreal, however it takes some advanced navigation skills to get there. The trail has the three bad "Ms" - marshy, mucky, and moist. Horse and cow poops also lines the trail. The trail is also either very faint, or non-existent at times, therefore, this is not a good trail for beginner backpackers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

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Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Paria Outdoors, based in Denver, Colorado, designs high quality products and offers them at a reasonable cost, so that they are accessible to anyone. They offer a line up of trekking poles, tents, sleeping pads, and accessories to complement your gear. The term "Paria" comes from Paria Canyon in Southwest Utah - a backpackers dream destination! When I was researching the best ultralight poles, the Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles were at the top of my list!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Backpacking to Farmer's Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Farmer's Lake,Timothy Lakes Basin, Uintas
Farmer's Lake is a lake in the Timothy Lakes Basin in the High Uintas. The trail follows the Swift Creek Trail, as it gains 3,000 ft in 9 miles. There are several other lakes you could backpack to including East or West Timothy Lakes, and Carroll Lakes. Backpacking to this area requires at least a one night minimum stay - two nights is preferred. There is plenty to explore as a day hike in the area and even bag some peaks. The best part about this trail and lake is that we didn't see anybody over 3 days on a weekend! You'll find plenty of solitude here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Guest Post: Backpacking to Granddaddy Basin, Uintas

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Today's Guest Post comes from Explore with Heather! She, her partner, and dogs recently took a backpacking trip to Granddaddy Basin in the Uintas, and she's here to let us know all about it!

The Uinta National Forest about an hour due East of Park City, Utah is knosn for many things. Some of these include Kings Peak, over 1,000 alpine lakes, awesome fishing, and our favorite - prime backpacking. It's so simple to go there. Just buy a map, pick a trail, and how far in you want to go. You will surely find yourself with some of the best views at your chosen campsite for the evening.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hiking to Lackawaxen Lake

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Hiking to Lackawaxen Lake
Lackawaxen Lake sits just below Clayton Peak, off of Guardsmans Pass. Because this trail is on the other side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, dogs are allowed off leash. In fact, this trail is a perfect summer hike for the pups since there are two lakes for them to swim in, Bloods Lake and Lackawaxen Lake, plus you can turn this route into a loop and bag peak 10,420!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hiking to Notch Mountain (West Summit), Uintas

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Hiking to Notch Mountain (West Summit), Uintas
The West Summit of Notch Mountain (11,206 ft) is near "The Notch", an opening in between the West and East summits. The Notch is the high, open area on the Notch Mountain Trail by Lovenia Lake and Twin Lakes. Hiking to the West summit is fairly easy for seasoned peak baggers, and offers a good intro to peak bagging for newbies. There is a trail all the way to The Notch, after that you need to find your own route. It's not hard though, just steep hiking over medium sized boulders. Be careful where you step as some boulders are uneven - always test it out before putting all of your weight on the boulder.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hiking the Fehr Lake Trail, Uintas

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Hiking the Fehr Lake Trail, Uintas
The Fehr Lake Trail (pronounced like "Fair") sits high in the Uintas Wilderness at 10,260 ft, and offers a few hiking options from really easy and short at 1 mile round trip, to a little longer at 4 miles round trip. The trailhead starts across from the Moosehorn Campground, just below Bald Mountain Pass. The Fehr Lake trail will take you to three lakes - Fehr, Sheppard, and Hoover Lakes. All three lakes around about 29-30 ft at the deepest. Fehr Lake is highest in elevation gain, so most of this hike is downhill. Keep this in mind for the hike back - it will be all uphill. The traditional Uinta boardwalks are in place to keep hikers from tracking through the marshy areas. Bring bug spray - the mosquitoes are pretty bad on this trail because of how wet this trail is.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hiking to Ruth Lake, Uintas

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Hiking to Ruth Lake, Uintas
Ruth Lake sits high in the Uintas Wilderness at roughly 10,200 ft. Ruth Lake is one of the easiest trails in the Uintas, making it great for families with children, or perfect for the beginner backpacker. Where else can you hike to a high alpine lake at only 0.8 miles one way and 155 ft elevation gain? Along the way you'll get to see beautiful open meadows, streams that are perfect for the dogs to play in, and wide open opens of the surrounding peaks. The only downside? This is a heavily used trail, so don't expect solitude.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hiking to Bourbon Lake, Uintas

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Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Bourbon Lake sits at an elevation of 9,800 ft and offers a beautiful high alpine lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. This lake gets its name from the color of the lake - the deep amber color reflected against the surrounding cliffs creates an amazing reflection of yellow and golds. Hiking to Bourbon Lake is great for the whole family, since it is only 1.5 miles to the lake with only 600 ft elevation gain. You can camp across the road from the trail head at Sulphur Campground, then follow this short trail for some beautiful views. Bring a hammock and enjoy the scenery!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hiking to Provo Peak

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Hiking to Provo Peak
Provo Peak (11,068 ft) is one of the higher peaks in the Wasatch and also one of the shortest but steepest in the area. The trail to the summit is only 1.5 miles but gains 2,700 ft! The views from the summit are amazing, as you get 360 degree views of Utah County, and on a clear day into SLC County and major peaks north. Provo Peak is one of the "Wasatch Seven" peaks many peak baggers like to summit, as its one of the more prominent looking peaks. It's rare that such a massive peak gets less attention that its popular neighbor hikes like Squaw Peak and The Y Trail, but it's the case here. While there is a well defined trail to the summit, Provo Peak sees way less traffic compared to neighboring trails/summits.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hiking to Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak, & Kelsey Peak

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Hiking to Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak, & Kelsey Peak
Kelsey Peak (10,373 ft) is located along the Oquirrh Mountains, the large mountain range just West of SLC. It's not the highest summit in the range (Flat Top Mountain is the high point), yet hiking to the peak is very rewarding. You can knock out three peaks in one morning - Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak (aka Wans Peak on some older maps), and Kelsey Peak. If you had enough time and energy you could make it all the way to Lowe Peak, or if you set your goals really high you could even complete the Oquirrh Ridgeline Ascension Trail (the whole ridge line point to point)!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hiking to Fool Creek Peak

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Hiking to Fool Creek Peak
Fool Creek Peak (9,712 ft) is the highest summit in the Canyon Mountain Range in central Utah, and ranks #20 on the Utah Prominence List with 3,712 ft. I bet everyone has seen this peak, but nobody knows the name as you drive by it heading south on I-15 in Scipio, UT. This is one of the reasons I just had to hike this peak - every time I would drive on I-15 I said to myself "One day I'll hike to that peak!" So I did.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hiking PC Hill

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Hiking PC HIll in Park City, Utah, Easy hikes in Park City, Utah, Hiking in Park City with Dogs
PC Hill is the local's hiking hill as the huge letters standing for Park City are dominant from all around town. PC Hill is not as high in elevation as Bald Mountain or Jupiter Peak, but the prominent PC is more recognizable. This is a super short hike, which makes it great for kids and older folks visiting from out of town that aren't used to the elevation, or if you only have half an hour. The views from the top give a great view of all of Park City and surrounding mountains. This trail has zero shade and water, so bring at least 1/2 liter for the dogs.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hiking to Upper Calf Creek Falls

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Hiking to Upper Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, Utah
Upper Calf Creek Falls is neighbor to Lower Calf Creek Falls yet sees less than half the visitors. This hike is only 1.2 miles to a beautiful waterfall, and deep pools above the falls that make for a great swim. The terrain is quite different from Lower Calf Creek Falls. The lower trail follows the bottom of a canyon, with tall red sandstone walls, and a lush green creek. The upper trail is more exposed, following a trail of old volcanic rock and is on top of the canyon. The rock at the pools above the falls is smoothed out over time, but be careful at the base of the falls - poison ivy lines the alcove.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Greenbelly Meals

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Greenbelly Meal bars review
Greenbelly Meals started with one big adventure that turned into a new passion for owner Chris Cage. After backpacking 10,000 miles through Asia, a 3,000 miles bicycle tour of New Zealand, and thru-hiking 2, 185 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Chris Cage often struggled to get in all of his nutrients to fuel his adventures. Creating the perfect meal became his obsession and mission.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, Utah
Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular trails near Escalante, UT and in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This easy 3 mile hike leads to a beautiful oasis with a 214 ft waterfall. Because this hike is so easy and low in elevation, it's a great family hike for visitors with older folks, kids, and even the dogs! All of the green trees and creek will make you forget your are in the desert, and as you approach the waterfalls the mist will cool you off. Feeling adventurous? Bring your swimsuit and swim in the pool of clear water at the base of the falls. You'll want to start hiking early to beat the heat and the crowds.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Backpacking the Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop

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Backpacking Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop, Escalante, Utah,
Little Death Hollow is a slot canyon in the northeast corner of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in an area called the Circle Cliffs. Not to be confused with "Death Hollow" near Boulder, UT, Little Death Hollow offers a 4 mile slot canyon that, when dry, offers few obstacles, and beautiful high red sandstone cliffs which deepens and narrows as you continue down canyon. The swirling sandstone is mesmerizing, yet hard to stare at as you try to scrape through with your pack on. Little Death Hollow could be done in a day, but backpacking at least 1 night (2 nights preferred) allows you to really explore the area and surrounding canyons, swim in the Escalante River, and create a loop.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City

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Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City
Summer is here, and it's patio season! After doing a hike with the dogs I love to grab a burger or beer and soak up the sun on the patio. Often times its too hot to leave your bestie in the car panting, so what could be better than being able to take him or her on the patio with you in the shade to cool off? A dog's gotta eat and drink too! Check out these city-approved Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City - bone appetit!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Looking Glass Rock & Arch

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Looking Glass Rock & Arch, Moab, Arches in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Looking Glass Rock & Arch is off HWY 191, about 25 miles south of Moab, UT yet hardly anyone makes the stop to check out this cool spot. This isn't really a "hike" but more of a "walk", since you basically drive right up to it, then walk about 200 yards up to the arch. Yet what this small walk offers is one of the best arches and viewpoints in the area. There are so many cool arches outside of Arches National Park, yet nobody cares to explore them. Best part? Dogs are allowed! 

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!