Monday, January 23, 2017

Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail

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Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
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.

Though this trail starts in the elite Jeremy Ranch neighborhood, this trail is open to the public and there are no fees. My friends and I hiked this right after a big snowstorm so it was perfect timing to use our snowshoes. The trail was already broken, but if we didn't have snowshoes we would have been post-holing. Most of the time you could get by with just microspikes. If you came in Summer, this would be a great trail run as well. Technically dogs are supposed to be on-leash.

From SLC, head East on I-80 through Parley's Canyon. Take exit 141 for Jeremy Ranch and turn left. Turn left at the first stop sign. At the round-a-bout, take the first right onto Jeremy Road. Drive 1 mile and park along the road. If you reach the winter gate, you've gone too far. The trail starts on the left (West) side of the road just past a house. Parking is right along the road. Here's a driving map.

Distance: 6 miles RT (to the overlook)
Elevation gain: 1,245 ft
Time: 3-5 hours 
(depends on how much snow there is and what season you go)
Dog friendly? Yes, technically dogs are supposed to be on-leash but nobody does
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 The Moose Hollow Trail is managed by Basin Recreation, and therefore the trail is really well managed and marked. They do an excellent job at keeping trails clean and available for the public. The trail immediately heads uphill and does one switchback.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 We all kept an eye out for moose on this trail, but we never actually saw any! You'll want to keep a leash handy in case you do come across wildlife.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 Hiking above Jeremy Ranch and the golf course. The hills on the other side of the lower houses is where the 24-7 Connector Trail is located - another great year-round trail.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 Around 1 mile you will cross the first of two roads. Leash your dog to cross. The trail picks up to the left of the private gate.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 The trail name actually turns into "The Avenues" - not to be confused with The Avenues neighborhood of SLC and The Avenues Twin Peaks. Stay left. This is the 2nd road but it was actually snow-covered. In summer, you'll want to leash your dog here again to pick up the trail.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 On your right you will now see the sign for Switch Back Trail - take this and it will head up further into the hills.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
It's always more fun to hike with friends!
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 The trail cuts through more trees and also begins to leave the neighborhood area, and becomes prettier.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
You'll see one more Switch Back Trail post; keep left. And in another 50 yards turn left again. There are other signs that say private property - you can't really get lost.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
Charlie and Tallie play in the deep snow!
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 After what feels like you may have missed a trail split, you'll arrive at a "T". If you go left it just keeps wrapping around the side of the hill. Instead, go right following the sign that says dead end. The dead end actually leads to the Moose Hollow Overlook. Only 1/2 mile to go!
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 After 1/2 mile you will reach another sign that says end of public trail. Hike past this another 20 feet (to that lone pine tree) and you will reach the Overlook!
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 Moose Hollow Overlook!
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 In the distance you can see one of the ski resorts as well as Summit Park Peak (the peak on the right).
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail, Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Park City, Utah
 We took a break at the overlook to refuel with snacks and hot tea. Of course Charlie just HAD to sit on my lap :)

In case you are wondering what snowshoes I have, I wear the MSR Lightning Ascents. I have had these for about 6 years or so and they've been awesome. If you are beginner you can buy cheaper ones from CostCo for around $130 (I have seen similar snowshoes at my local CostCo for $70). If you aren't ready to buy, REI does rent snowshoes for $12/day if you are member, and $30/day for non-members.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail trail map
My track via Gaia GPS.

Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail
Trail stats via Gaia GPS.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail trail map
 Moose Hollow Trail map looking NW.
Hiking the Moose Hollow Trail trail map
Moose Hollow Trail map looking North.






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4 comments:

  1. Cool hike! Looks like so much fun in snowshoes! Have always wanted to check out this area. Just out of curiosity, is there a reason you don't keep a collar on Charlie while hiking?

    Missing that Utah Snow!
    Katie @ Katie Wanders
    http://www.KatieWanders.com

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    1. Laziness I guess haha. So many people have told me to put a collar & tag on him in case he gets lost. We use a slip leash and he's chipped. I just really need to buy him a tag. We've got like 4 collars at home. -Alicia

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    2. Funny! I just wasn't sure if there was a distinct purpose ;)

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  2. I so want to do some snowshoeing but haven't convinced John yet. He grew up in deep snow country and doesn't want anything to do with it unless it isn't cold. We hike in the Organ Mountains today and half the hike was on snow covered trails. We ran into snow when we hit about 6300'. But it was nice enough that I had my jackets off and just has short sleeves. Charlie looks like he had a good time hiking with his buddies:)

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