Monday, December 10, 2018

Lodging Review: Circle D Motel, Escalante

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Lodging Review: Circle D Hotel, Escalante , Utah
 Circle D Motel is located in the heart of Escalante, Utah - an outdoor lovers paradise for hiking to slot canyons, canyoneering, backpacking, and exploring natural arches off Hole in the Rock Road. The area is rich with history and beautiful scenery, which is apart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). My dog and I come here to explore the trails, but sometimes it's too cold for camping, especially in winter. That's when we call up Circle D to make sure we have a warm, welcoming room when we arrive tired and dirty from exploring outside.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Hiking to Deer Creek Lakes, Boulder Mountain

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Deer Creek Lakes sits high on Boulder Mountain at 10,000 ft, and several other nearby lakes are accessible as well including Green, Chriss, and Mooseman Lakes. All of these lakes provide for an excellent day hike, quick overnight backpacking trip, and plenty of fishing and sightseeing. The trail to get to Deer Lake is only 2.8 miles one way, and is fairly easy and flat. Over the 3 miles you only gain about 700 ft, making it a gently incline the whole way. Keep in mind that you will be hiking at a high elevation, and that can often slow hikers and dogs down. Take your time - the views from Deer Lakes is amazing and well worth the effort.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

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Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch are in Escalante, Utah, off Hole in the Rock Road. Each are very short in distance making this perfect for little kids, families, and dogs. Combine these arches with other hikes in the area to make a day of it. This isn't really a "hike", but rather a quick walk. Visiting both will only take about 30 minutes combined, plus the drive.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hiking to The Citadel Ruins, Cedar Mesa

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The Citadel Ruins sit high above Road Canyon in Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears National Monument. This easy 2 mile trail leads you to one of the most impressive and well-preserved ruins in the area, that both dogs and kids can hike to as well. A citadel is a fortress that commands a city and used in defense during an attack. It leaves you to wonder, what could the Puebloan's have possibly been trying to defend themselves from? Other Native Americans? These ruins are close to 800 years old, and we'll never really know the answer to this, nor the reason the inhabitants disappeared.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hiking to the Seven Kivas Ruin via Shortcut Route

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Hiking to the Seven Kivas Ruin via Shortcut Route
The Seven Kivas Ruin is located in Cedar Mesa, off Cigarette Springs Road. A kiva is a subterranean ceremonial chamber, and have been central to Native spiritual traditions since ancient times. The interesting thing about kivas, is that one of them could serve a single family. To have seven kivas in one area meant this site was used for something very sacred. There are very few ruins in this area, so when a ceremony would happen, families would have to travel far to reach this site. The other interesting part is that these kivas are located under a shallow, exposed alcove - exposed to the harsh weather conditions. In the bottom of each kiva was a sipapu, or small hole or depression which symbolized the portal through which the original humans first entered the world. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Exploring the Comb Ridge Canyons & Ruins, Cedar Mesa

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Exploring the Comb Ridge Canyons & Ruins, Cedar Mesa
Comb Ridge is a 90-mile long Navajo sandstone ridge (or monocline) running North to South, and is home to many ancestral ruins and petroglyphs that date back around 800 years old. Comb Ridge itself has a gentle eastern facing slopes, while the west side has "teeth" that jut out and above the ridge line. Each of these "teeth" contain drainages that lead to the San Juan River. The Puebloans' lived, farmed in this area, and left behind a massive amount of ruins and artifacts. Drought, overpopulation, diminishing resources, erosion, and conflict eventually brought an end to this era.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hiking to Castle Rock, Stansbury Island

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Hiking to Castle Rock, Stansbury Island
Castle Rock (6,649 ft) is the highest summit on Stansbury Island, just West of Salt Lake City. It's the second largest island in the Great Salt Lake, and was named after Howard Stansbury who led the expedition in the area. Stansbury Island is a fun geological feature as well - it is dotted with shale, limestone, and dolomite rock. A large part of the island is private property, and used by cattle ranchers. It's very important to stay out of the private area -it is routinely watched by land owners and crossing into that area serves a large fine. Hiking this route to Castle Rock will keep you out of the private land, so you can still make the summit to this desert-like peak.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Soaking at Crystal Hot Springs

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Soaking at Crystal Hot Springs, Hot Springs in Utah
Crystal Hot Springs is a natural hot springs in Northern Utah that ranges from 120-134 degrees F. The swimming pools are regulated so that you can soak in a range of temperatures from 98-105F. Crystal Hot Springs also contains the highest mineral content found in the world! It has roughly 46,000 mg/L - the average hot spring has closer to 1,000 mg/L. You'll notice this mineral content, as you lick your lips or wipe your hands over your face - it's very salty tasting. Get ready to soak in a 22,000 year old hot spring!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Backpacking Halls Creek Narrows, Capitol Reef National Park

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Backpacking Halls Creek Narrows, Capitol Reef National Park
Halls Creek Narrows is located within Capitol Reef National Park, only a few miles North from Lake Powell. This area of the park sits between the high cliffs of Hall Mesa on the East, and the Waterpocket Fold on the West. As you backpack towards Halls Creek Drainage (aka Grand Gulch), you'll be surrounded by red, white, and orange slick rock, all while hiking through a mostly sandy trail. The trail is easy to follow, and you can't really get lost as you aim South for 9.3 miles. However, there are plenty of side slot canyons to explore as well.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hiking to the Butler Wash Ruins, Cedar Mesa

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Hiking to the Butler Wash Ruins, Cedar Mesa
The Butler Wash Ruins are only a 20 minute drive West of Blanding, UT and is only 1 mile RT, so it makes for a great "get-out-and-stretch-your-legs" hike. This is more of a walk, rather than a hike. It is a popular archeological site, and viewing these ruins from the overlook can often be crowded. It's a great place for kids and dogs to get out and walk as well, but keep in mind the day time temperatures are often hot and can easily burn paws. Carry at least 1 water bottle with you here. The best time of day for photos are morning to mid-day so that the light shines on the ruins.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hiking 7 Mile Canyon, Moab

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7 Mile Canyon (sometimes spelled out, Seven) is located only 11 miles North of Moab, Utah. It's a great, short hike that dogs and kids will enjoy, as it passes by several petroglphys and pictographs. The trail is very easy and flat, so no hard effort is required to get to these artifacts. 7 Mile Canyon is on the way to Dead Horse State Park, but it definitely has a quiet and remote feel. During our hike we only passed one other person. This hike is very sandy, and you'll hike in and out of the dry steam bed. There's very little shade, so be prepared with the necessary items to keep cool, and carry at least 2 liters of water (and water for your pup!). Please keep in mind that touching the artifacts are not allowed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Backpacking Fish & Owl Canyons, Cedar Mesa

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Backpacking Fish & Owl Canyons, Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears National Monument
Fish and Owl Canyons, located in the Cedar Mesa area of Bears Ears National Monument, is a popular loop hike for backpackers looking to discover ancient ruins and kivas, hike through desert terrain, visit Neville's Arch, and explore two scenic, deep canyons. This area is recommended for intermediate to advanced backpackers due to the distance, rugged terrain, light route finding and scrambling. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Forsake Range High – Women's Waterproof Leather Hiking Boot

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Forsake Range High – Women's Waterproof Leather Hiking Boot
Forsake Co., started by two college friends, Sam and Jake, was started in 2009 when they left the East Coast for the mountains. They traded in wet snow for powder days, and the result was often wet socks, sore feat, and ruined shoes. They wanted shoes that were better suited for their lifestyle and adventures - anywhere from trails to pavement. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hiking the North Vista Trail, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Hiking the North Vista Trail, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located near Crawford, Colorado for the North Rim, and near Montrose, Colorado for the South Rim. To drive from the South to North rim in one day is about a 2-3 hour drive. It's best to pick one that you are more interested in seeing, so you have more time to explore that one area and fit in a hike. We chose the North Rim because it has the longest trail along the rim - the North Vista Trail. This trail follows the mesa as you get to peer down into the canyon, and also leads to Green Mountain (8,563 ft).

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Backpacking to Teal Lake & Mt. Marsell, Uintas

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Backpacking to Teal Lake & Mt. Marsell, Uintas
Teal Lake sits at an elevation of 10,400 ft, and is accessed via the popular Ruth Lake Trailhead. You will follow this trail for the first mile, and then after that there is no trail. You should be comfortable with a little route finding, and hiking off trail. The nice thing is that Teal Lake is a mere 2.2 miles, so you really only have to hike off trail for 1.2 miles. You'll pass a few unnamed ponds, Jewel & Naomi Lakes, then reach Teal Lake. There are several nice campsites at Teal Lake, and fishing is plentiful. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 7 Best Trails in Millcreek Canyon

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Millcreek Canyon is one of Salt Lake City's most popular canyons due to the unlimited hiking options, which also happens to be the only dog-friendly canyon in the area. The nearby Little & Big Cottonwood Canyons are apart of a watershed, and therefor do not allow pets in the canyon. Because Millcreek gets a lot of attention with hikers they have their own rules relating to dogs - they can only hike off-leash on odd numbered days; even numbered days dogs are allowed but must be kept on-leash. This allows non-dog owners to access the trails (mainly mountain bikers and runners) without worry about running them over, while still enjoying the trails themselves. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hiking from Elbow Fork to Lamb's Canyon Pass

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Hiking from Elbow Fork to Lamb's Canyon Pass
Elbow Fork in Millcreek Canyon is a popular trailhead for Mt. Aire, the Pipeline, and for accessing Lambs Canyon Pass, the dog-friendly way. Many people chose to hike up to Lamb's Canyon Pass via Lamb's Canyon, however that section of trail is part of the SLC Watershed, and dogs are not allowed. Going from Millcreek Canyon allows you to bring your dog, still access the ridge, and get great views. My favorite time of year to hike here is Fall, but it's accessible year-round. In Winter the hike will add on an additional 1.5 miles one way, since the winter gate is closed. There is one stream crossing over a bridge, and the dogs love to stop here for a drink. Otherwise the trail is dry and steep, but well-shaded.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Camping & Climbing at City of Rocks, Idaho

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Camping & Climbing at City of Rocks, Idaho
City of Rocks National Reserve is located near Almo, Idaho and is a popular area for climbing, hiking, camping, and learning about geology and local history. This area has several nicknames such as "the silent city", just "the city", and "steeple rocks", but whatever you want to call it, you're sure to find some adventure here. This area is rich with history, as pioneers made their way through this area along the California Trail. Several rocks, cabins, and replica wagons are marked with historical markers.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Guest Post: How a Dog Will Change Your Adventure Life... Forever

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How a Dog Will Change Your Adventure Life... Forever
How a Dog Will Change Your Adventure Life... Forever
By Zachary Kenney 


Friday's used to be spent deciding the weekends adventure, on the fly, and the car was packed accordingly. Headed to the desert, up into the mountains, or even just by the river somewhere; it never really mattered where we went because we could always go anywhere. But that all changed this summer when my girlfriend and I got our little, endless ball of energy, named Gregor.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Backpacking to Gilbert Lake & Peak, Uintas

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Gilbert Lake is located in the High Uintas Wilderness on the East end of the range, with Gilbert Peak (13,442 ft) being one of Utah's "13ers" (a peak above 13,000 ft). Gilbert Peak is the 3rd highest peak in the state, and the second highest county high point. Gilbert Peak can be access by several drainages, with Henry's Fork being the most popular, however we accessed it from Gilbert Lake. The trail to Gilbert Lake follows the West Beaver Creek trail for 9.2 miles before reaching the basin which has four lakes total, great campsites, lots of wildlife, and of course, fairly "easy" access to the peak. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Backpacking to Mt. Hooker, Wind River Range

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Backpacking to Mt. Hooker & Baptiste Lake, Wind River Range
Mt. Hooker (12, 509ft) is located in the Southern end of the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and is home to a popular climbing route. The face of the wall is a sheer 1,800 ft granite face - it's one of the tallest and steepest vertical cliffs in Wyoming, and also 16 miles from the nearest road. Mt. Hooker is named after Joseph Dalton Hooker, a prominent British botanist and explorer. The granite face was first climbed in 1964, which took over 3 days to complete. The climb is rated at a 5.14a. Mt. Hooker towers over Baptiste Lake, a very deep and clear alpine lake which offers great camping sites and fishing.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Best 8 Trails in Salt Lake City For Visitors

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The Best 8 Trails in Salt Lake City For Visitors
The Best 8 Trails in Salt Lake City for Visitors are right out the backdoor, within a 30 minute drive, and range in difficulty for all levels of hikers. Whether you are visiting for a day, or a week, each of these hikes will provide amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley. I've ranked 8 hikes from easy to hard, with a mix of kid- and dog- friendly. Do you have visitors coming into town, but not sure what to recommend? Link them to this list for an easy, one page post, on some of the best local hikes. Click on the link for each hike to learn more!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Backpacking to Round, Sand, & Fish Lakes, Uintas

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Backpacking to Round, Sand, & Fish Lakes, Uintas
Round, Sand, and Fish Lakes are part of the upper Weber River drainage on the Western end of the Uinta Mountains. The trail steeply follows the Dry Fork stream and canyon, as it makes it way to the three lakes. Camping and fishing are plentiful here. Round Lake is actually home to three species of fish (somewhat unheard of  in the Uintas, as there are typically only two species in the lakes). There are Grayling, Brook, and Cutthroat Trout. Further ahead is Fish Lake, which can vary in depth by 19 feet, depending on the snow year and dam levels. Plenty of day hiking options are available too, as most day hikers try to reach the ridge for better views. This route is kid and dog friendly!

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Best Day Hikes in the Uintas

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The Best Day Hikes in the Uintas
The High Uintas Wilderness offers some of the best day hiking near Salt Lake City. It provides for a fun, quick getaway that you can do in one day. If you have time, I highly recommend backpacking this mountain range as well. The Uintas are the only mountain range in the lower 48 states that run East to West. The Uinta Mountains extend for 100 miles across Northeast Utah, and a small part of Northwest Colorado, bordered by the Wasatch Mountains to the West. The Uintas contain an unusual amount of land above tree line, and has over 2,000 lakes! The most visited area of the Uintas are along the Mirror Lake Highway, which offers the highest paved road in Utah, as well as plenty of trailheads, camping, fishing, and climbing areas. Check out my list of the 
BEST Day Hikes in the Uintas!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Backpacking to Allsop Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Allsop Lake, Uintas
Allsop Lake sits on the Northern slope of the High Uintas Wilderness at an elevation of 10, 600 ft. It's 9 miles to the lake, so it makes for a perfect 1 or 2-night backpacking trip. The trail is fairly mellow, only gaining 1,600 ft and has one switchback. Allsop Lake is full of brook and tiger trout, and there are a few day hiking options from the lake as well including Cathedral Peak, Allsop Peak, and Yard Peak. This trail is dog friendly, however be aware that free-range livestock graze along the entire route. Plenty of tent and hammock sites line the lake for a perfect campsite. Keep in mind that the Uintas have regular afternoon thunderstorms, so be prepared for any kind of weather.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Backpacking to Dead Horse Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Dead Horse Lake, Uintas
Dead Horse Lake is in the High Uintas Wilderness, and offers an 11 mile hike through large, open meadows, stunning vistas, and of course, leads you to a turquoise lake. This lake offers a great spot for fishing and day hiking. People hiking the Uinta Highline Trail also pass right by Dead Horse Lake. It's a dog friendly trail, though you'll want to give the sheep herds passing by in the meadows plenty of space. Bring your hammock or tent - there are several nice campsites around the lake and plenty of trees for shade. Be sure to check fire restrictions before heading out.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes

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Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-See Sites and Short Hikes is Laurie J. Schmidt's newest book release - I was so excited to get my hands on a copy! Packed with local tales and history, I was curious as to which hikes I had not yet completed. As most Utahan's know, southern Utah is home to thousands of miles of arches, slot canyon, natural bridges, hoodoos, and more. Laurie does a great job of pointing out the best of the best - 20 sites and short hikes you can't miss! This book is the perfect option for those just looking to visit Utah for a few days, or even those that have lived in Utah for years, but have not yet explored this territory. Grab your reading glasses, cup of coffee, and check out everything Utah Canyon Country has to offer!
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
 The book itself is a decent size - not too large for carrying around in your backpack, yet light enough to take a long on a backpacking trip.
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
The book includes easy-to-reach sites that can be accessed by all family members, entertaining tales and history near each location, basic geology descriptions, sidebars that point out special sites along the way, and full-color original photographs taken by Laurie.
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
 I love how organized each hike description is. They are all a quick read, yet provide all the necessary info you need to safely reach the destination. Distance, elevation gain, difficult, fees, cautions, and the closest local services are all included per site and hike as well. It's makes planning your time here a breeze. Laurie also offers the best time to see certain locations - for example, it's highly recommended to see Mesa Arch at sunrise!
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
 Several "On the Way" locations are pointed out as well. Ever heard of the Behunin Cabin? Neither had I! Adding these special pages were really a plus for me. Often times we drive straight to our destination or trailhead, without ever thinking (or knowing) about these places. Wouldn't it be great to stop at a new place, stretch your legs, and learn some history? Call me a nerd, but I love that stuff!
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
All of Laurie's must-see 20 sites and locations are marked on a map toward the beginning of the book as well. This section only shows the Moab, UT area, but other locations include Canyonlands NP, Capitol Reef NP, and the Escalante, UT area.
Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes
Not sure of a certain word? Check the glossary in the back. If you are new to Utah, this will be a huge help in understanding Laurie's descriptions. Currently the book is only available to purchase directly from her website, as well as all the Utah National Park Visitor Centers.

I'm super excited to add Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short Hikes to my library. I think this is a well-written book, with the best sites and trails everyone should visit. Make it a goal to visit all 20! 

UPDATE
You can now buy this book on Amazon for 15% less than retail!


Book Review - Utah Canyon Country: 20 Must-see Sites and Short HikesLaurie J. Schmidt is a writer and photographer based in Colorado. She has worked as a NASA science writer and editor, developed web content for the Phoenix Mars Mission, and served as editor of several science magazines and publications. Her science and travel writing has been published in regional and national publications, including PopSci.com, NASA’s Earth Observatory, NASA Global Climate Change, National Parks, and Earth magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism, with a focus in science communication. Laurie first discovered Utah canyon country in the early 1990s and has spent 25 years hiking and photographing the geology of the Colorado Plateau region.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hiking to Eccentric Benchmark, Uintah/Dagget County High Point

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Hiking to Eccentric Benchmark, Uintah/Dagget County High Point
Eccentric Benchmark (12,276 ft) is the highest point for both Uintah & Daggest Counties in Utah, making it a popular summit for peak baggers. It's a high, rounded mountain in the Far East Uintas. What it lacks in views from the summit, makes up along the cross country trek with views as far as King's Peak to the West, and the Flaming Gorge to the Northeast. Although there is no official trail leading to the summit, hiking here is actually quite easy. You'll first pass by three man-made lakes (Chepeta, Papoose, & Moccasin), then work up a short, but steep boulder field, before hiking across high-alpine terrain and reaching the peak.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hiking the "Wasatch 7" Peaks

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Hiking the "Wasatch 7" Peaks
The "Wasatch 7" Peaks are the seven major peaks that line the Salt Lake Valley. They are all challenging peaks that require a full day of hiking - some with route finding, some with a perfect trail. Most of these peaks also have a lot of elevation gain, and therefore are not for the beginner hiker. Because the Wasatch 7 Peaks are all over 10,000 ft, they are typically only accessible in summer months, when the dirt roads are open, and the trails are free of snow - this only leaves a few months to summit all 7 peaks. Most people take a few years to complete all summits - others have completed them in one summer. No matter how much time you have to dedicate to completing all of them, they surely live up to Utah's motto - "Life Elevated!"

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hiking to Cascade Mountain

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Cascade Mountain (10,908 ft) is the large mountain located directly above Orem, Utah and is one of the "Wasatch 7" Peaks. Not many people hike to summit, as it requires a full day and all routes are difficult. However, for Peak Baggers it's a must. It's crazy how just to the north of Provo Canyon is one of the most popular summits - Mt. Timpanogos. It's also interesting how different the terrain is compared to each other, and how much more difficult Cascade is. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Best Dog Friendly Waterfalls Hikes in Utah

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The Best Dog Friendly Waterfalls Hikes in Utah
Ready to learn about the BEST Dog Friendly Waterfall Hikes in Utah? 
I've complied all of them into one post - no more researching, asking around, or spending hours looking at AllTrails. All of these listed are dog-friendly (off leash) of course, and are separated by location. There are not ranked in any order. Click the link for each hike to learn more, to see all the trail stats (distance, elevation gain, etc), and to view a trail map. Directions are also provided for each hike. 

Download your FREE Dog-Friendly Waterfall Hikes Checklist here - mark each one off as you go, and make it a goal to complete them all! Did I forget a waterfall hike? Please message me on my Facebook page, and I'll add it to this list. Have fun!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Backpacking the Shingle Creek Trail, Uintas

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Backpacking the Shingle Creek Trail, Uintas
The Shingle Creek Trail in the High Uintas is a popular trail for an "early season" trail for hikers and backpackers to follow when the higher elevations haven't thawed out from winter. I have driven past this trail so many times, yet had never done it - until now! I decided to head up for one night with two friends and our destination was South Erickson Lake. East Shingle Creek Lake is more popular, but a little lower in elevation, and seemed to have more mosquitos so we wanted to keep going.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hiking to Mt. Watson, Uintas

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Mt. Watson (11,521 ft) is located on the East side of the High Uintas Wilderness, and though it is surrounded by several popular trails and lakes, most people do not summit this peak. There is a trail for the first 2 miles, but you're on your own after that to reach the top. That's what makes part of this peak fun - it's a "choose your own path" adventure!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Backpacking to Kermsuh Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Kermsuh Lake, Uintas, Christmas Meadows
Kermsuh Lake is an alpine lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. It sits at an elevation of 10,200 ft, making it the perfect cooler destination while the SLC valley is baking in heat. Kermsuh Lake sits in one of the three basins in Christmas Meadows - Ryder and Amethyst Lake are the other two, more popular lakes. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hiking to Mt. Waas, La Sal Mountains

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Mt. Waas (12,331 ft) is the Grand County High Point, and highest peak on the north end of the La Sal Mountains near Moab, Utah. The La Sals can be seen as far away from Green River and parts of Colorado, yet hardly anyone makes the trek to the several summits available, making a great place to seek solitude. The Moab valley can be in the 100s for daily high temperatures in the Summer, yet in the LaSals, it can be at least 20-30F cooler depending on how high you reach. The La Sals area only accessible during summer months when the gates are open, and the roads are dry and clear of snow, typically July - October. Winter of 2017 was extremely dry so we were able to summit late June 2018 with only one patch of snow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hiking to Deseret Peak

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Hiking to Deseret Peak, Utah's Ultra Prominence Peaks, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Deseret Peak (11,031 ft) is one of Utah's Ultra Prominent Peaks, is the tallest mountain in the Stansbury Mountain range, and the Tooele County highpoint. Therefore, this 9 mile loop is popular among peak baggers and those looking for an "easy" summit. This trail gains 3,700 ft in just 4 miles, is dog friendly, and offers amazing views of the surrounding area. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hiking to Church Fork Peak, Millcreek Canyon

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Hiking to Church Fork Peak, Milcreek Canyon
Church Fork Peak (8,306 ft) is located along the Millcreek Canyon ridge, in-between Mt. Aire and Grandeur Peak. To get to the summit, you follow the Pipeline Trail, then turn off on the actual Birch Hollow trail, reach the ridge, then bushwhack your away to the false summit and true peak. This trail is very steep, and requires some route finding along the ridge. If you aren't comfortable hiking off trail, bushwhacking, and route finding, this isn't the trail for you.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hiking to Nobletts Creek, Uintas

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Hiking to Nobletts Creek, Uintas
Noblett's Creek, located in the Southwestern end of the Uinta Mountains, is a good early/pre-season hike when the rest of the high elevation hikes in the Uintas are still covered with snow and mud. Because Noblett's Creek is at an elevation of 7,400 ft it is typically ready to hike by end of May/early June (depending on the snow pack from Winter). This trail is really short at only 2 miles round trip, making it perfect for families and kids.