Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hiking the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park

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Hiking the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park
The West Rim Trail is located in Zion National Park (ZNP) and is one of several popular trails for day hikers and backpackers in the area. It offers sweeping 360 views, mainly of Wildcat Canyon and Phantom Valley. This 16 mile long traverse is typically done in one day, but you can also take a more leisurely approach and backpack (with a permit). The first 8 miles stretch across Horse Pasture Plateau, a high alpine elevation (5600-7500 ft) dotted with Ponderosas, sage brush, yucca, as well as remnants from a fire. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hiking Icebox Canyon via Wheeler Creek

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Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Icebox Canyon is a 5 mile loop hike that starts at Wheeler Creek, cuts through Icebox Canyon itself, the Art Nord meadow near Snowbasin, then back through Wheeler Creek. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers, families, dogs playing in the stream, and those looking to take visitors on a nice, scenic, easy hike.

Icebox Canyon is really well shaded, follows a stream, crosses several bridges, and loops by a really pretty meadow with Snowbasin Ski Resort as the backdrop. This trail offers a little of everything!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains

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Hiking to Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains
Flat Top Mountain (10,620 ft) is the highest peak in the Oquirrh Mountains (pronounced like "oaker") in Utah, which lies to the southwest of Salt Lake City. Most of the Oquirrhs are private property and mining land for the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mine, however the two areas you are allowed to hike are in Butterfield Canyon, and the Flat Top Mountain trail (update: 2019 land access below). Flat Top Mountain has a prominence of 5,370 ft, making it Utah's 6th highest prominent peak.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Gear Review: The Ultimate Smart Phone Leash!

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Gear Review: KOALA Hangtime Gear, The Ultimate Smart Phone Leash
We all take selfies - and usually for me, I'm on a hike, climbing, or in my pack raft wanting to take one. But I'm really scared of dropping my phone! So when I discovered the Ultimate Smart Phone Leash, named "Koala", made by Hangtime Gear - I was "attached"!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hiking the Cottonwood Wash Trail, San Rafael Swell

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Hiking the Cottonwood Wash Trail, San Rafael Swell
The Cottonwood Wash is located in the heart of the San Rafael Swell, which offers two arches and several petroglyphs to view. It's a very easy hike, as the canyon is flat. The hardest part is walking up a 100 ft section of trail leading to the petroglyphs. That being said, this is a great canyon to explore with kids. The best time to visit is early Spring and late Fall when the day time temps stay below 70F - in October the Cottonwoods were bursting in yellow! 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Camping & Exploring The Wedge Overlook

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Camping & Exploring The Wedge Overlook
The Wedge Overlook is located in the San Rafael Swell only 3 hours from Salt Lake City. Often referred to as the "Little Grand Canyon", this destination offers expansive and stunning views similar to Grand Canyon National Park without the tourists, and fees, yet also allows dogs off leash. The Wedge was created from the San Rafael River carving into the terrain over millions of years. From the overlook you can see the San Rafael River, Window Blind Peak, Sid's Mountain Wilderness Study Area, and the lower Buckhorn Wash area.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail

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Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Run-a-Muk Dog Park & Trail was introduced as an off-leash dog area in November 2014 in Kimball Junction, Utah. The trail is just under 2 miles round trip, yet dogs have the freedom of roaming the full 43 acre fenced-in field. The trail is located along the drive to the Utah Olympic Park, so it's a neat to experience to be able to hike and see where the winter Olympians train. The trail takes you through a few beautiful aspen groves before hiking through sagebrush. There is one small stream near the beginning of the trail, but after that you will need to bring your own water for the dogs. This trail is suitable for puppies, children, and those looking for more of a stroll rather than a hike.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hiking to Mt.Elliott, Book Cliff Mountains

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Hiking to Mt.Elliott, Book Cliff Mountains
Mt.Elliott (7,142 ft) is located along the Book Cliff Mountains, in between Price, Utah and I-70. Ever driven to Moab from SLC? Then you've passed this peak and know exactly where it is! Near the town of Woodside, UT there is an abandoned gas station with people sometimes selling jerky. Look directly up and SW, and you'll see this pointy peak clearly. You can't miss it, it sticks out because of it's jagged yet isolated summit. This obscure peak ranks #24 out of 29 on the Utah Country Prominence Peak list, and because of it's low popularity, only a handful of people will make it to the summit each year. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir

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Hiking the Skull Crack Trail, Causey Reservoir
The Skull Crack Trail at the Causey Reservoir, is located 45 minutes East of Ogden, Utah. This 142 acre reservoir sits at an elevation of 5,700 feet and is surrounded by steep, forested, valley terrain, which extends into three small canyons. Most of the reservoir is best explored by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, however, hiking along the Skull Crack Trail also provides jaw-dropping scenery. The Causey Reservoir was built during 1962-1966 as a way to provide water to the Northern Wasatch front.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City

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Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Iron Canyon in Park City, Utah is the "local's secret" for a beautiful, secluded trail that overlooks the Park City valley and the ski resorts. On a clear day you can see all the way out to the Uinta Mountains. The trail is more popular in winter as a fun sledding spot, but my favorite time to go is in early Summer when 
everything is turning green again. Most of the mountain is on private land, but the Iron Canyon trail allows for public access. The most difficult part about this hike is the parking - there are only 4 legal spots, and in summer months they are often filled by the neighbors throwing parties. Weekends and warm days will be harder to get parking, so I suggest hiking here during the week after work. Not only will you get in a quick work out, but also fantastic views.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Exploring the Cataract Gorge, Uintas

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Exploring the Cataract Gorge, Uintas
The Cataract Gorge is located near Murdock Basin in the High Uintas. After turning off the Mirror Lake Highway, you'll drive 3 miles along a well-graded dirt road until you reach the forest road intersection for FR027. Here, you'll park your car (unless you have 4x4 drive) then hike down the rest of the road until you reach the Cataract Gorge waterfall. It's a very easy walk, but over lots of rocks. Beware of ATVs and Razor's flying by. Once at the end of the road, you'll reach the 100 ft waterfall that you can cool off under. But be careful, the rocks are extremely slippery.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hiking to Fish Lake Hightop, Sevier County High Point

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Hiking to Fish Lake Hightop, Sevier County High Point
Fish Lake Hightop (11,633 ft) is the Sevier County High Point, and popular among those completing the Utah County High Points (CoHPs) list. Fish Lake Hightop was my very last one and I was sooo excited to finish the list! My very first CoHP was actually Deseret Peak back in 2014, so this list took me years to complete. When I first started bagging peaks I didn't know the CoHP list even existed I just wanted to hike to cool places. Fish Lake Hightop was no different - it took me to a new part of the state I had never been, Fish Lake, which is about an hour southeast of Salina, UT.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point

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Boulder Top (Bluebell Knoll), Wayne County High Point
Boulder Top (aka Bluebell Knoll) sits at 11,322 ft high on the Aquarius Plateau, in-between Loa, Utah and Boulder, Utah. Most people come to this "peak" to mark it off their list on the Utah County High Points (CoHPs), for Wayne County. On that list, it is one of the easiest. It's not a hike, but rather a scenic drive with about a 10 minute walk to the summit, which sits in a grove of forested trees, yet also has a view of the nearby Raft Lake just below the summit. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Backpacking to the Dinwoody Lakes, Wind Rivers

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Backpacking to the Dinwoody Lakes, Wind Rivers, Backpacking the Glacier Trail Wind Rivers
The Dinwoody Lakes area is located in the Wind River Range, and is a popular area for backpackers. The route follows the popular "Glacier Trail", which is the trailhead for three areas - Bomber Basin, Whiskey Mountain and Ross Lake, and the Eastern approach for Gannet Peak. Gannet Peak is the Wyoming high point, and the Glacier Trail serves as the major starting point for backpackers to reach the base of the peak. Gannet Peak is roughly 25 miles one way, so Dinwoody Lakes is a great spot for a first night camp since it's about halfway in at 11 miles from the main trailhead. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hiking to Adam's Canyon Waterfall

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Hiking to Adam's Canyon Waterfall
Adam's Canyon Waterfall is one of Utah's most beautiful waterfalls. Nestled into the end of the canyon, and surrounded by trees and rock, sits this 40 ft waterfall. It's a very scenic trail, as it weaves its way along the stream, where dogs can play and you can dip your feet in when its hot outside. This is a popular hike year-round, and gets crowded by mid-morning. Set your alarm clock so you can get up early early to enjoy the falls alone. In Summer expect to pass literally 100 people or more.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dining at Log Haven's the Dogs Days of Summer

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Dining at Log Haven's the Dogs Days of Summer
Log Haven is a popular restaurant located in Millcreek Canyon, Utah. Built in 1920, this log cabin hideaway was built as an anniversary gift for L.F. Rains' wife. Logs were shipped from San Francisco to SLC and hauled up the four miles by horse-drawn wagon. It was built at the base of cliffs and two small waterfalls. It was then used as a summer home for the family but when the Great Depression hit, an insurance executive named Gleed Miller bought the home and made additions to the home, also adding in an ice skating pond and stable. During the late 1980s it fell to despair - flash forward to the mid-90s and Margo Provost purchased the home and renovated it into a historic retreat and restaurant. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hike to Clayton Peak via Brighton Ski Resort

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Hike to Clayton Peak via Brighton Ski Resort
Clayton Peak (10,721 ft) is a fun local peak located at the top of Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It's right on the ridge of the watershed, so if hiking this route, dogs are not allowed. However, dogs can make the summit from Bloods Lake Trailhead, and going that way is allowed for them. This time, however, my friend and I decided to hike to Clayton Peak via Brighton Ski Resort. I hadn't hiked this route in over four years so it was time to revisit this trail. 

Hiking to Clayton Peak via Bloods Lake Trailhead

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Hiking to Clayton Peak via Guardsmans Pass
Clayton Peak (10,721 ft) is one of my favorite, after work peaks to summit. Not only is the trail a mere 1.5 miles (one way), but you get amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding canyons. On a clear day you can see the Uinta Mountains, Jordanelle State Park, Heber, and the Strawberry Reservoir. There are two ways to summit Clayton Peak - Guardsmans Pass or Brighton Ski Resort.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Hiking to Desolation Overlook

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Hiking to Desolation Overlook, Hiking to the Salt Lake Overlook, Millcreek Canyon
Desolation Overlook is a popular trail located in Millcreek Canyon that can be hiked year round. I love taking the dogs up here for a great view of the canyon and valley in the distance. The trail is on the north slope, so it is very shaded, and in winter, can be very icy. Be sure to wear microspikes in Winter to keep from falling. The trail makes its way up the side of the mountain using long switchbacks. This trail is accessible year-round, with my favorite being Fall.

Hiking to Scout Falls - In Summer!

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Hiking to Scout Falls - In Summer!, Scout Falls American Fork Canyon, Hiking the Timpooneke Trail, utah waterfalls
Scout Falls is a waterfall located along the popular Timpooneke Trail in American Fork Canyon, which eventually leads to Mt.Timpanogos. Many people chose to only hike 1.5 miles to Scout Falls then return to their car for a short yet scenic hike. This hike is very gradual and is great for dogs off leash as well as kids. The best time to hike here is June through October, when the Alpine Loop Road is open and the trail is dry. The waterfall is much higher during and after snowmelt in early Summer, but by late summer the water flow is much lower, making it fun to stand underneath the falls and cool off or get sprayed by this mist. Hiking or riding a fat tire bike in winter is also doable - read about that here! The hike is longer at 4 miles one way, however, you aren't likely to see anyone.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Monument Peak, Carbon County High Point

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Monument Peak, Carbon County High Point
Monument Peak (10, 452 ft) is the the Carbon County High Point, and for those working on the Utah County High Points (CoHPs), this one is the easiest since you can drive to the summit. It's located along the Wasatch Plateau, and because its simply a drive, it should be combined with other CoHPs such as East Mountain and South Tent Mountain. There is nothing special about this peak except for the fact that you can see three CoHPs from the summit. The best time to drive here is in late Summer to Fall when the road is completely dry.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hiking to East Mountain, Emery County High Point

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Hiking to East Mountain, Emery County High Point
East Mountain (10, 743 ft) is the Emery County High Point, and is one of several peaks along the Wasatch Plateau. The hike itself is straight forward, following a well-worn trail used by horses, hunters, and hikers. The main reason why people hike to this peak is for checking off the Utah County High Points (CoHPs) list. It's one of the easier CoHPs, and is often combined with Monument Peak, South Tent Mountain, or all three in one day. For our trip, we only did East & Monument on the same day since I had hiked South Tent Mountain a month earlier. From the summit you can see three CoHPs. Camping is plentiful and the drive is scenic. Both dogs and older kids can hike this route.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hiking to Bloods & Lackawaxen Lakes

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Hiking to Lackawaxen Lake
Lackawaxen Lake sits just below Clayton Peak, off of Guardsmans Pass. Because this trail is on the other side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, dogs are allowed off leash. In fact, this trail is a perfect summer hike for the pups since there are two lakes for them to swim in, Bloods Lake and Lackawaxen Lake.

Climbing the South Ridge of Mt.Superior

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Climbing the South Ridge of Mt.Superior
The South Ridge of Mt.Superior is a popular class 5 scramble to reach the summit. You can hike this on a actual trail this route, however the appeal of taking the South Ridge is that is offers a more challenging & technical approach. The South Ridge of Superior is considered a "Wasatch Classic" scramble with a lot of exposure and big views. It is highly recommended that if this is your first time taking this route, to go with someone who knows the way and can also help coach you through tough and exposed spots.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hiking to Silver Lake & Silver Glance Lake

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Hiking to Silver Lake & Silver Glance Lake, American Fork Canyon, Utah
Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon is a beautiful high alpine lake that sits just below the Little Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline on the south side. This moderate trail slowly gains elevation, so it's not super hard to reach this awesome destination. The trail passes by some boulders, crosses a stream, climbs up 3-4 long switchbacks, and finally reaches the lake after only 2.2 miles (one way). This is a great hike for dogs to be off leash, and there is plenty of water for them to drink from. Bring some snacks, and take in the scenery at Silver Lake, or for those needing some extra mileage, continue on to Silver Glance Lake.

Hiking Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park

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Hiking Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park
Sulphur Creek is located in Capitol Reef National Park and provides a beautiful water hike through a narrow canyon, with subway-like channels, cutting through layered, orange and red sandstone. It's considered the "Subway" or "Narrows" of CRNP, though really it lives up to it's own name. The water is rarely more than ankle deep and there are three waterfalls that you can easily bypass, one forces you to slide down it's 5 foot drop!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo Peak

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Hiking to Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo Peak
Mount Superior (11,040ft) & Monte Cristo Peak (11,132 ft) are two classic and iconic Wasatch Peaks that every peak bagger should summit. Both peaks dominate the Little Cottonwood Canyon Ridge, and are focal points to the north when skiing at Alta or Snowbird. Both Mt. Superior and Monte Cristo are summited year round - in the winter by backcountry skiers, and in the summer by hikers looking for a fun little scramble.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Backpacking Death Hollow, Escalante

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Backpacking Death Hollow, Escalante, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Death Hollow is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, just outside of Escalante, Utah. The first 6 miles of the trail follows the Boulder Mail Trail - the old route, that even up until 1924, the mules would carry mail on from the residents of Boulder, UT to Escalante, UT. Boulder, UT is right along Highway 12, which wasn't even paved until the 1970's, was the last area in the US to gain automobile access! No matter how much this area has changed due to technology, you'll immediately find yourself in the backcountry and won't see people for days. Over our 3 day adventure, my friend and I only saw two other people the entire time.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hiking Mt.Whitney

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Hiking to Mt.Whitney, Hiking Mt.Whitney in 2020, Hiking the highest point in the lower 48 states, hiking in California
Mt.Whitney (14, 505 ft) is the highest peak in the lower 48 United States, the tallest peak of California, and sits a full 2 miles above the town of Lone Pine, CA! Hiking Mt.Whitney is on many peoples' hiking/backpacking bucket list but requires a long day of hiking, if doing it in one day. This 20 mile round-trip trek is not for the faint of heart - it gains just over 6,100 ft of elevation over 10 miles one way. But wait, that's not even the hard part. Getting a permit will be your first step - only 1/3 of 17,000 applicants are rewarded a day hiking permit! Combined with backpackers hiking through the John Muir Trail (JMT), close to 20,000 people will summit Mt.Whitney in one year!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hiking to South Tent Mountain, Sanpete County High Point

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Hiking to South Tent Mountain, Sanpete County High Point
South Tent Mountain (11,285 ft) is the Sanpete County High Point, and an amazing hike along a ridge with wide, open views the entire hike. Most people chose to hike South to North (on the South end of the mountain) and just aim for the South Tent saddle. However, we hiked the entire ridge to also bag North Tent Mountain (11,230 ft). The ridge is a very easy hike, and no technical gear or scrambling is required. This route is only 5 miles RT - only a little longer than the traditional saddle route, yet you'll bag two peaks.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Hiking to Mine Camp Peak, Millard County High Point

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Hiking to Mine Camp Peak, Millard County High Point, Utah county high points
Mine Camp Peak (10, 222ft) is the Millard County High Point (CoHP), and one of the easiest to summit out of all the CoHPs at only 1 mile round trip. The drive will take much longer than the actual hike, so be prepared to spend close to half a day at least to summit this peak, and make the drive in and out. Mine Camp Peak should be combined with other peaks in the area since it's so short. In one weekend, we knocked out Brian Head Peak (Iron County High Point), Andy Nelson Peak & the Kane County High Point, Cascade Falls, and South Tent Mountain (Sanpete County High Point).

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hike to Cascade Falls, Navajo Lake Utah

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Hike to Cascade Falls, Navajo Lake Utah
Cascade Falls is located near Navajo Lake, and is in fact, a major drainage port for the lake. The trail offers amazing view of Zion National Park on a clear day, and all ages and all types of hikers plus dogs will enjoy this area. The water from the falls is supplied by the lake through an underground lava tube (sink hole). The water flows through this for a few miles underground before exiting at the Virgin River Rim. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Brian Head Peak, Iron County High Point

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Brian Head Peak, Iron County High Point
Brian Head Peak (11,307ft) is the Iron County High Point, and located at Brian Head Ski Resort. There is no hiking, but rather a very casual walk to the summit that even kids can do. It's a great place to take visitors and tourists to "bag" a peak they can literally drive to and have amazing views of the area. The gate to drive to the summit is typically open June though October, or whenever it's free of snow and dry. Even in summer the temperatures can be quite chilly up there at that high of elevation. Bring a light jacket and a camera, and check out the views!

Hiking to Andy Nelson Peak & Kane County High Point

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Hiking to Andy Nelson Peak & Kane County High Point
The Kane County High Point (10,080 ft) is located on a small ridge similar to the Wasatch County High point, rather than on an actual peak. The highest actual peak, Andy Nelson Peak (10,027 ft) is nearby so it is worth to do both on the same day. In one day, we actually did the Kane CoHP, Andy Nelson Peak, hiked Cascade Falls, drove through the lava fields, and then drove to the Iron County HP (Brian Head Peak). 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Hiking to the Smith Creek Lakes, Wasatch Mountains

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Hiking to the Smith Creek Lakes, Wasatch Mountains
Smith Creek Lakes is located along the Skyline Drive, near Farmington, Utah. The hike starts from Francis Peak, then follows a jeep/ATV road as it drops into the basin where a chain of three lakes sits. All three lakes are fairly big for a high alpine lake, and each lake had at least one campsite. The hike itself is really easy, and you can't get lost. Plan on taking a half day to explore all three lakes, and to let the dogs swim and cool off. Smith Creek Lakes is only available when the Farmington Canyon Road is open, typically June through October. There is only a little shade, so plan to start hiking early to beat the heat on the hike back up to the car.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hiking to Murdock Mountain, Uintas

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Hiking to Murdock Mountain, Uintas, Day hiking in the Uintas, Uinta peak bagging
Murdock Mountain (11,212 ft) is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, right off the Mirror Lake Highway. While its neighbor peak, Bald Mountain, see hundreds of hikers each summer, less than 50-75 people will make the Murdock Mountain summit each year. While there is no trail, hiking up the boulder field is fairly easy and only 1 mile to reach the top. The 360 degree views can't be beat, and you're not likely to see people up there either. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hiking to Murdock Peak

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Hiking to Murdock Peak via Millcreek Canyon
Murdock Peak (9,600 ft) is a peak located in the Central Wasatch mountains and can be access three ways: 1) Millcreek Canyon 2) Guardsmans Pass or 3) The Canyons Ski Resort in Park City, UT. In summer months you'll hardly see anyone on the summit, but winter is a different story. Taking the lift up from The Canyons resort will shorten the hike, oh, about 3.5 miles! 

Hiking to Reids Peak, Uintas

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Hiking to Reids Peak, Uintas, Uinta peaks, hiking in the uintas, hiking in utah with dogs
Reids Peak (11,708 ft) is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, just off the Mirror Lake Highway. While its neighbor peak, Bald Mountain, see hundreds of hikers each summer, less than 50 people will make the Reids Peak summit each year, and for good reason. There is no trail to the summit and requires light scrambling, so it's not a good peak for the average/newbie hiker. Typically, only experienced peak baggers are the ones looking to make the summit, and knowledge of route finding will make this hike successful. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Gear Review: ROAM Wallets

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Gear Review: ROAM Wallets
ROAM Wallets are minimalist wallets designed to get you hands-free while shopping, doing outdoor activities, or simplify your accessories. These ultra slim and ultra light wallets come in several designs, with close to half designed by actual artists. ROAM Wallets are made from an elastic knit, made to hold up to 10 or 15 cards, depending on the size of wallet you get. No more hassling with huge purses, too many stuffed cards in your wallet they fall out, and way lighter and cooler looking to carry around.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hiking to Bald Mountain, Uintas

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Hiking to Bald Mountain in the Uintas, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Bald Mountain (11,942 ft) in the High Uintas Wilderness is one of my favorite peaks to summit. Not only is this peak on of the easiest to summit in the area, but it also offers grand views of the Mirror Lake Highway, surrounding lakes, several peaks, and on a clear day you can see Mt. Timpanogos. Along the Bald Mountain trail you may see mountain goats, pika, squirrels, and an abundance of wildflowers in early summer. As with any high altitude terrain, start this hike early in the day to beat the daily afternoon thunderstorms, the afternoon heat, and crowds. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hiking to Bridger Peak, Rich County High Point

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Hiking to Bridger Peak, Rich County High Point
Bridger Peak (9,225 ft) is the Rich County High Point, but also the lowest in elevation of all Utah County High Points (CoHPs)! Bridger Peak was Unnamed Peak until 1999 when the Tribune ran a contest for someone to name the peak. Briger Peak won for Jim Bridger who was an early explorer of Utah and the Yellowstone area, Now Yellowstone National Park.  He was a great mediator between the Native American tribes and European-American settlers, and was in excellent shape aiding him to explore the West.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Waymark Gear Co. LITE 50 Liter Pack

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Waymark Gear Co. LITE 50 Liter Pack, Ultralight Thru Packs, Ultralight Backpacking, Ultralight Camping, Best UL Packs
Waymark Gear Company, founded and made in SLC, is an Ultralight (UL) backpacking company aimed to offer affordable, custom-made packs for thru-hikers, weekend warriors, or the week-day hiker. Mark Benson, owner, designer, and self-taught sewing extraordinaire, makes packs that are designed to go the extra mile (literally). Waymark Gear Co is a cottage company with a vision of creating frameless packs that allow more freedom, going from bulky and heavy, to comfy and light. Most backpacks with frames weigh in the 4-7 pound range, while going frameless can cut your weight to 1-2 pound per pack. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hiking to Bull Mountain, Box Elder County High Point

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Hiking to Bull Mountain, Box Elder County High Point
Bull Mountain (9,938 ft) is the Box Elder County High Point, and highest peak in the Raft River Mountain Range. This range is a mix of desert-like terrain on the lower half, and high alpine terrain on the upper half. This unique mix of land makes for a beautiful hike, but is typically only accessible in Summer and Fall. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Backpacking to Amethyst Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Amethyst Lake, Uintas, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Backpacking to Amethyst Lake in the High Uinta Wilderness is a backpackers dream - a high alpine lake, lots of hiking and fishing, great campsites, not too many people, and cooler temperatures. Although the hike in is somewhat tough (especially if you are carrying a 30-40 lb pack), the reward and view is well worth the hard effort. 

Backpacking to Red Castle Lakes, Uintas

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Backpacking to Red Castle Lakes, Uintas
Red Castle Lakes is sure to be on everyone's Uintas "to-do" list, especially if you are a backpacker. Not only does the Red Castle area offer four high alpine lakes to chose from, pristine meadows, and great backcountry camping, it also offers a stark contrast of red peaks and a ridgeline to clear blue water that make for great photography. The only thing you won't find at Red Castle Lakes? Solitude.

9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder

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9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder
Whether you are a novice or experience hiker, I think we are all together when I say, "I hate cleaning my Camelbak bladder!" Yet, it's a necessary evil. Reservoir maintenance is essential to make sure you're getting hydrated properly without sucking in mold or bacteria. Reservoir cleaning should be given priority after every one to two uses. Cleaning your bladder doesn't have to be hard, use these 9 Ways to Clean & Dry Your Camelbak Bladder!

Backpacking Gear List

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Backpacking Gear List
Let's talk Gear!

Walk into REI or any other outdoor store and you'll definitely feel overwhelmed with so many options for backpacking. Do you want to go Ultralight (UL)? Do you want to cook food or eat dehydrated? Do you want comfort or style? So many questions, right?! Then you have to pick the coolest color...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Backpacking the Yellow Pine Trail, Uintas

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Backpacking the Yellow Pine Trail, Uintas
The Yellow Pine Trail is one of the first trailheads you will pass after entering the Mirror Lake Highway, coming from Kamas, UT. The trail leads to three lakes - lower & upper Yellow Pine Lakes, as well as Castle Lake. You can also day hike to Duke & Castle Peak, both over 10,000 ft. This is a great early-season backpacking route when the higher Uintas is covered in snow. The trail is mostly well shaded and offers plenty of water along the way for your pup to drink from or to filter from. It is slightly steep and rocky in sections, so this trail took longer to reach the lakes than anticipated. 
The best time to hike here is late June though October, or when the first snow flies.