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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The 7 Best Trails in Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
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.