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.