Friday, March 15, 2019

Hiking to Squaw Peak

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Hiking to Squaw Peak, Utah County, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
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.