Lexington Arch is located within Great Basin National Park, yet very few people make the trek to it due to it not being in the main area of the N.P. In fact, access to the trailhead was closed for a long time due to the "Strawberry Fire" of 2016. Then a flash flood ripped up the road leading to the original TH. Now, hikers have to add an additional mile of hiking before reaching the official TH.
Icebox Canyon is a 5 mile loop hike that starts at Wheeler Creek, cuts through Icebox Canyon itself, the Art Nord meadow near Snowbasin, then back through Wheeler Creek.
This is a popular trail for mountain bikers, families, dogs playing in the stream, and those looking to take visitors on a nice, scenic, easy hike.
Desert Peak (7,005 ft) is located in the Newfoundland Mountains in the Great Salt Lake, and is the highest point in the range. Getting to the unofficial trailhead takes quite a bit of effort, and it is very tricky timing it at just the right time of year. Because it's located in the middle of the Salt Flats, any recent precipitation will leave the dirt roads completely muddy and rutted out. There is zero cell service, so you don't want to risk getting stuck.
Saratoga Hot Springs is a local warm spring, located in Saratoga Springs, Utah right on the NW edge of Utah Lake. It's is about 20 x 30 ft in size, and very shallow around 1-2 feet deep, surrounding by tall lakeside grass. This spring is on the lukewarm side, but I've been told that if you dig your feet deeper into the mud it's hotter.
Meridian Peak (5,978ft) is small peak in North Salt Lake along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and just north of Ensign Peak. The main trail also takes you past Matt's Arch (aka "Industrial Arch") - a tiny natural arch made of limestone. There are trails all over, making this a "choose your own route" hike. I decided to turn my route into a 5 mile loop, and since there was barely any snow on the trail the day I hiked it, it was a perfect Winter hike. Safe from avalanches, only a few bikers, a handful of other hikers, and not hot like it normally is in summer.
"How do you sleep in your car, and what gear do you have?" I get these questions all the time about my car camping (a.k.a. boondocking) set up so I thought it would be easiest to post a video on my YouTube channel to share exactly what I have. Check it out and sleep cozy!
Paul Bunyan's Woodpile is an interesting geological feature in Central Utah, that looks like a "woodpile" of logs left behind by the giant lumberjack of American & Canadian Folklore. Really the woodpile is a cluster of lava rocks formed about 30 million years ago; the logs were then formed into orderly columns.
Red Hill Hot Springs is a popular soaking destination in central Utah, in Monroe. It consists of four pools, all fed by one very hot water source on top of the mound above the pools. Because this hot springs is free (and also on private property), it gets very crowded especially on weekends. The owners allow people to visit as long as the place is cleaned up after and not destroyed. This is a great place for families looking for a really nice hot springs that you don't have to hike it.