Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

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The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!
St.George, Utah is located in Southern Utah, near the Utah/Nevada border and offers a Mecca of outdoor activities! Hiking, biking, climbing, waterfalls, rock art, petroglyphs, cool rock features, you name it, St.George has it! Visiting this area is great year-round, but my favorite time is in Spring & Fall. After months of being in the cold, wet winter, I'm ready for some sun! Winter can also be a great time to visit when you need a weekend escape from the snow, and need a little warmth, as temperatures are typically 20-30F degrees warmer than the SLC area and is also typically free of snow. Check out my favorite hikes in the area for all skill levels!
Yant Flat Cliffs, St. George,The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

The Yant Flat Cliffs is area is northwest of St. George down a dirt road that leads to a gorgeous view of red and orange rocks. This sandstone layer extends about 3 miles long at the southern boundary of a rocky plateau (Yant Flat), and the cliffs and buttes offer a variety of unusual striped rock formations. The wavy bands occur in shades of orange, red, pink, yellow, and white. Exploring the Yant Flat Cliffs (aka Candy Cliffs to locals) is relatively easy as you maneuver steep slopes across slickrock.


Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex), The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

The Lower Sand Cove Trail is located in Dammeron Valley,  within the Red Mountain Wilderness making this a dog-friendly hike. Local's know this hike as "The Vortex", due to the interesting geology that created this large pot hole in the slick rock. The trail winds down through a flow of volcanic rock from the nearby Veyo Volcano, with red and white sandstone after. Children are able to do this hike, since it is just over 1 mile long. 


The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

The Anasazi Trail (aka Tempi'po'op, which means "rock writing" in Southern Paiute) in St.George is a casual trail that leads to ancient Pueblo & Paiute remains, as well as petroglyphs. This is more of a walk, rather than a hike, and is great for the whole family to do since it is only 2.2 miles RT. 

Hiking to Signal Peak, Pine Valley Mountains, The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

Signal Peak (10,365 ft) is the high point for both the Pine Valley Mountains and Washington County. It you are a peak bagger looking to summit all of Utah's County High Points, you'll be hiking this one. The main route starts from the Oak Grove Campground, and follows the trail up the South ridge very steeply, before dropping into forested areas, and then hiking off trail to reach the summit. The nice thing about Signal Peak is there's nothing technical about it - dogs and humans can easily hike it, taking a full day to complete.

The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah! Red Mountain Overlook

Red Mountain is located in Dammeron Valley, UT not far from Sand Hollow and Gunlock State Parks. Because it's not actually apart of the state parks and is wilderness area, dogs are allowed off leash. Be sure to start early in the morning so the sand doesn't burn their paws. The Red Mountain Overlook looks down into Sand Hollow, and the white and red slick rock with Signal Peak in the Pine Valley Mountains to the East is incredibly beautiful. This trail is great for the whole family, as it only gains a mere 360 ft. 



More hikes will be added as I discover new locations!



   

Also check out this beautiful scenic drive to Toquerville Falls!
drive to Toquerville Falls, The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!
The BEST Hikes in St.George, Utah!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hiking Waterfall Canyon

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Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
Waterfall Canyon is located in Ogden, UT and is a gorgeous 200 ft waterfall. This short but sweet hike will definitely get your heart pumping - the trail climbs just over 1,000 ft in 1.25 miles. Waterfall Canyon is accessible year-round, but I find it prettiest in the winter when the waterfall is frozen. I can't help but sing to myself, "Let it go! Let it go!" from the movie Frozen.

Monday, December 2, 2019

What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!

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What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!
Winter is just around the corner, and that means switching from your summer hiking clothes to warm, insulated, and weather proof hiking clothes. Making the switch doesn't have to be hard, all you need is to know what kind of material to buy to help prevent you from  getting cold, getting wet, and worse, getting hypothermia. Winter is a great time to hit the trails - there are less people outside, and you will get to experience the peaceful beauty of fresh snow along the way. Zip up your jacket, grab some snacks, and let's hike in the snow!