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.