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.