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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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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Cross Country Skiing at Wasatch Mountain State Park

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Cross Country Skiing at Wasatch Mountain State Park

Wasatch Mountain State Park is located in Midway, Utah and offers activities year-round such as hiking, biking, riding horses, riding ATVs, playing at the 18-hole Golf Course, as well as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. You can also camp at the Pine Creek Campground in the summer months. Wasatch Mountain State Park (WMSP) is a 23,000 acre preserve, which was set aside by the state in 1961 and the park elevation is at 5,900 ft.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Off-Leash Trail List

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Utah's ULTIMATE Off-Leash Trail List

Want to know all of Utah's most popular trails you can hike with your dog off leash?

If you are like me and love hiking with your dog, then you NEED this checklist. This Ultimate Checklist will help you keep track of where you been and where you've still need to go. Already hiked a few of these? Make a new goal and check off one per week!

Hiking the 24/7 Connector Trail

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Hiking the 24/7 Connector Trail, Kimball Junction, Utah
The 24/7 Connector Trail in Kimball Junction, Utah is a very popular mountain biking trail, but is accessible year-round. The trail wraps around the elite Jeremy Ranch neighborhood, but is open to the public. Because this trail is so popular with bikes in warm months, Charlie and I hiked it in the middle of winter on New Year's Day so that we didn't have to worry about bikes flying down the trail. You may still see the occasional fat tire bike in Winter. Because this trail is in low-elevation terrain, it's totally safe from avalanche danger as well. In fact, this trail would make for a perfect trail run - not too steep, not too long. If you do plan on hiking with your dog in warm months, keep a leash handy and always move out of the way for mountain bikes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hiking to Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Winter

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Hiking to Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Winter
Diamond Fork Hot Springs is one of Utah's must-see places! Offering four pools ranging in hot temperatures, it's a great place to soak away your worries, take in nature, and relax. Hiking to Diamond Fork requires a 2 mile hike in Summer, and in Winter it's 6 miles one way. These hot springs are extremely popular so don't count on getting any along time. However, the hike in and soak is well worth it - you might even make some new friends depending which pool you sit in! Hiking to Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Winter does require more effort and planning, but in my opinion it's much more enjoyable in Winter and you get to see the canyon covered in snow. Pack your swimsuit, a thermos of hot tea or cocoa, and get ready to soak!