Friday, March 15, 2019

Hiking to Squaw Peak

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Squaw Peak (7,859 ft) up Rock Canyon is in Provo, Utah overlooking BYU, Utah County, and Utah Lake. Geology is also a focal point of this canyon, hence the name, Rock Canyon. The trail is not for the weak, as it steeply gains close to 3,000 ft in just 3.5 miles. Rock climbing is also popular in the canyon as climbers flock to the limestone and quartizite walls. Hiking and climbing in Rock Canyon and up to Squaw Peak area accessible year-round. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Soaking at Meadow Hot Springs

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Meadow Hot Springs in Central Utah is a great family-friendly spot to hang out and soak in warm water. It's conveniently located right of I-15 and there's no hiking involved, so it makes for a great, quick soak when you are on a road trip. Meadow Hot Springs is located on private property in the middle of a cow pasture, but they do allow public access. There are a total of three pools to soak in, all around 100F degrees. The most popular pool is one of the smallest and closest to the parking area, and it is also the warmest. Each of the pools have algae in them, so its wise to wear water shoes to keep from slipping on the rocks under water.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hiking Malan's Peak

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Malan's Peak is a popular high point for Ogden locals to hike to on a regular basis. It's not the highest peak by any means at 6,916 ft, but it does provide great views of Ben Lomond Peak to the north, as well as the Ogden/Layton valley. It's a tough 5 mile hike that can be completed within 3 hours, making it an excellent choice for a "quick" early morning jaunt to get the dogs out, and get some exercise in. Be ready for a great leg workout!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Cross Country Skiing at Ogden Nordic

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Cross Country Skiing at Ogden Nordic
Ogden Nordic is located in Eden, Utah, northeast of North Ogden. Ogden Nordic began in 1997, as a non-profit organization including several community outreach programs such as Utah Special Olypmics, ski school, hosting Winter Trail Days, Junior after school ski program, races, and moonlight glides. They have roughly 30k (18.6 miles) of groomed trails, with mostly beginner and intermediate skill levels. A handful of experienced trails are available as well. Rentals are available, and the daily trail fees are noted below.

While Ogden Nordic is dog friendly, it is required that they remain on-leash for your entire ski. This area gets busy on weekends, with both humans and wildlife. Moose are known to frequent this area, so please keep a safe distance from them.

In addition to cross country skiing, Ogden Nordic also has fat tire bike and snowshoe-only trails to offer something for everyone.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Heugh's Canyon Waterfall

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Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Utah
 Heugh's Canyon Waterfall is a canyon is situated between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Mt. Olympus, making this a dog friendly hike. The trail starts from the elite Cove Canyon neighborhood on the East side on Wasatch Blvd. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mill Hollow Backcountry Yurt Trip

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The Mill Hollow Backcountry Yurt is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, with a 6 mile hike/ski/snowshoe to reach the yurt. The "trail" follows HWY 35 for 3 miles, before turning off onto forest roads. This ski in requires you to have comfortable backcountry skills, as well as appropriate gear (beacon, shovel, & probe), as avalanches have occurred here. The hike/ski in is well worth it, as you are surrounded by a winter wonderland, yet have a warm hut to hang out in. Plan to spend at least two nights here - one night is not enough to fully enjoy the area, get out for a tour, or relax. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hiking PC Hill in Park City

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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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hiking Rob's Trail

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Rob's Trail in Park City, UT is a fun & easy trail that climbs a mere 730 ft over 2 miles to a beautiful overlook of The Canyons Ski Resort, Park City, and surrounding mountains. The trail works its way through evergreen forest, aspen trees, with great views along the way. This is a very popular trail, and therefor gets packed down during and right after a snowstorm. In summer it's a popular trail with mountain bikers connecting from the Mid-Mountain Trail so be careful of bikes flying through in warm months. This trail is dog friendly as well, but the best time to hike here with your furry friend is in Winter to avoid the bikers.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Soaking at Baker Hot Springs, Utah

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Soaking at Baker Hot Springs, Utah
Baker Hot Springs is a small, natural hot springs located in Central Utah, not too far from Delta, Utah. The source of the hot springs is around 180F, but a trench helps the water flow down to three large tubs and cools off the further you are away from the source. The tub closest to the source is the hottest, the middle tub is, well in the middle for temperatures, and the furtherest is the coolest. However, you can "regulate" the temperature by using one of the provided rags to block out the hot water and let cold water from a pipe in.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center

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Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
The Sundance Nordic Center is located right next to the Sundance Ski Resort, in American Fork Canyon. There are 15 k (9.3 miles) of groomed ski trails, and 10 k (6 miles) of snowshoe trails. I had all day to explore, so my goal was to try and ski all 9.3 miles of trail! I was pretty close, coming in at 7 miles for the day, only because one of the trails was closed due to recent avalanches. Sundance Nordic offers trails for all skill levels, and all trails wind through pristine backcountry. Sundance Nordic sits at 7,000 ft, and the surrounding views can't be beat. Grab your skis (or rent!) and a trail map, and let's go!

Friday, January 18, 2019

The 3 Easiest Hikes in Salt Lake City

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The 3 Easiest Hikes in Salt Lake City, Utah
Looking for the three easiest hikes in Salt Lake City? 
Look no further. I've created this list for those wanting to take the kids out for a short hike, those that may not have enough time for a longer or harder hike, or those with families visiting SLC that want to view pretty scenery but aren't up for a full day of hiking. These 3 hikes range from 5 minutes to 2 hours, and can be hiked year round. No matter how long or short your hike, be prepared with at least one bottle of water per person, a small snack, and sun protection. Grab your hikin' boots, and let's hit the trails!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8 Beginner Backpacking Tips for Women

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8 Beginner Backpacking Tips for Women
Have you always wanted to go into the back country, sleep next to a pristine lake, on a mountain side, off the beaten path, in the middle of a dense forest, next to a campfire? Have you looked at your girlfriends photos or social media and been jealous of these places? Backpacking is fun and takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world. It doesn't have to be tough - check out my tips on 8 Backpacking Tips for Women so your first trip is as enjoyable as possible.

Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!

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Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!
Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River confluence is a must-see on your adventure to Havasupai! Only half of the people visiting will hike to Beaver Falls, which is on the way, yet almost nobody will make the entire trek down to the confluence. A confluence is where two rivers meet - in this case the turquoise Havasu Creek meets the brown Colorado River, creating an interesting mix of colors and water temperatures. 

Hiking to Havasu Falls

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Hiking to Havasu Falls, Arizona
Hiking to Havasu Falls is not your typical day hike - it requires a 10 mile trek through the desert, a large canyon, and finally through the small village of Supai, AZ. The people of Supai are apart of the Havasupai tribe, which is an American Indian tribe that has lived in this area of the canyon for the past 800 years. Havasu means "blue-green water", and pai means "people". Havasu Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the world due to its paradise-like location.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Get a Havasupai Permit

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Getting a permit to Havasupai Falls is the first step in your adventure to the beautiful, turquoise falls, but how do you get one? And how far in advance? What about group size? These are all questions I hear all the time when it comes to wanting to travel to Havasu & Mooney Falls. I'll fill you in on some secrets, tips, and the know-how so you can have the best waterfall adventure yet!

Monday, January 7, 2019

7 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season to Go Hiking in Utah!

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7 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season to Go Hiking in Utah!

Ever considered winter hiking? Summer trails are full with people hiking, but winter? You'll see half the people. Yes, it's cold. Yes, you'll get a little wet from snow. But so what - that's what layers are for! Here are my top 7 Resons Why Winter is the best season to hike in Utah!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hiking to Scout Falls - in Winter!

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Scout Falls is a popular waterfall located right off the Timpooneke Trail on the way to Mt. Timpanogos. In summer, it's a fun spot to cool off on your hike or filter your water for the long trek to the summit. Normally it is only 2 miles to reach the falls but in winter it is 4 miles one way since the road is closed at the winter gate. It's been a goal of mine to see the fall in winter, with long icicles, frozen over.