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  • Central Utah

    Hiking Toll Canyon, Summit Park

    Hiking Toll Canyon, Summit Park

    Toll Canyon is located in Summit Park, Utah, starting behind the new Discovery Ridge neighborhood. This trail is surrounded by private property with limited parking, so starting at the Arclyon Trail is the best starting point for hikers. The trail, called a Toll New World, wraps around a small hill just South of I-80 before making very gradual switchbacks up to the Toll Road. The trail eventually turns South and you'll be following Toll Canyon, which is well shaded by both pine and Aspen trees. There is no specific destination, however, this can be nice as you can choose your distance. Dogs will appreciate the year-round stream to drink from in the upper section of this hike, but beware of bikes the first 1.5 miles. This trail is accessible year-round, but of course, always pay attention to avalanche danger in winter.

  • Wyoming

    Hiking to Ski Lake, Wyoming

    Hiking to Ski Lake, Wyoming

    Ski Lake is located in between Victor, Idaho and Jackson Hole, WY, and sits at an elevation of 8,650 ft. Locals says this is the easiest alpine lake to hike to in the area at only 4 miles RT! The trail is very mellow and great for all ages, including dogs off leash. Along the way you'll have amazing views of mountains to the South and East for the first mile, cross a stream, and end with an amazing lake with clear blue water. Be sure to start early though - not only does parking fill up quickly on weekends but this trail is all on the East side of the slope making it all in the sun. There are a few sections of shade, but even by 10am we were all sweating - and it was only 65F! Pack a snack, and let the dogs enjoy taking a swim at Ski Lake!

  • Wyoming

    Hiking to the Darby Canyon Wind Caves, Wyoming

    Hiking to the Darby Canyon Wind Caves, Wyoming

    The Darby Canyon Wind Caves are located near Alta, WY, within the Jedediah Smith Wilderness ("the backside" of the Tetons). This is a very popular trail, so don't expect to have any solitude - you'll constantly be pulling over to let others pass, even horses, and the parking lot is full by 10am on weekends. But don't let that stop you from visiting at least once! The Wind Caves are a really cool, local geological feature called the "Darby Formation" - a thick layer of 350 year old dolomite. Don't forget that this is still bear territory - even though this is a heavily used trail, always carry bear spray. The best time to visit is when the snow is gone so you can actually hike up into the cave, typically late June through September. Dogs are also allowed off leash, and older kids will enjoy this gradual trail.

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