Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bald Mountain

God gave us an awesome hike with cool mountain breezes! We saw Mirror Lake and Provo River falls afterwards. What a great way to escape the 100 degree weather.

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a rocky adventure to a summit overlooking beautiful Mirror Lake. Bald Mountain offers a great panorama of the Uintas.

MILEAGE: 2 Miles to summit, 1,250 elevation gain
HIKE TIME: 3 1/2 hours
KIDS hike this trail, but must be watched because of steep exposure.
RESTROOM available at the trailhead

  • From SLC, drive up I-80 eastbound;
  • take US 40 south;
  • take the Kamas/Park City exit &
  • turn left traveling east to Kamas,
  • turn left in Kamas
  • then turn right on the Mirror Lake Highway,
  • travel east on Highway 150,
  • make sure you buy a rec pass at the entrance booth,
  • at the Bald Mountain pass (approx 29 miles)
  • turn left into trailhead parking.

FEE: Mirror Lake Recreation Pass is $6 per vehicle for a 3 day pass or $45 annual. They don't sell one day passes.
GEAR: You must bring a jacket! Bring bug spray, sunscreen, sack lunch, energy snacks, water, camera, hiking poles, first aid, and other hiking gear.
TIME: For total adventure from SLC, allow 7 1/2 hours time.

PROVO RIVER FALLS: On your return drive, stop and see the falls.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Round Valley ~ Mtn Biking

God blessed us with a cool morning. Round Valley is a wonderful singletrack trail with a variety of switchbacks, climbs and coasting downhill.
DESCRIPTION: We rode east on the paved Rail Trail about 2 miles, turned left up a side road, then right on a paved trail leading us northbound, then left on a dirt singletrack passing the Rec Center. At the intersection of Ability Way & F.J. Gilmore Way is the Round Valley trailhead. We rode counterclockwise following the Round Valley route, High Loop, Rad Ridge, and returned on the Valderoad.
NO RESTROOMS at the Rail Trail.

MEET PLACE: Park City Rail Trail Parking
on Prospector Avenue
DRIVE TIME: 40 minutes from SLC
1-80 eastbound to Park City,
exit at Kimball Junction & turn right,
drive to Park City and turn left on Kearns Blvd,
turn right on Bonanza Blvd,
then make an immediate left on Prospector Avenue,
drive past the strip mall and turn right into Rail Trail parking lot.
BIKES: Mountain bikes
RATINGS: Moderate/Intermediate technical
RIDE TIME: 3 hours
GEAR: helmet, extra tube, pump, tools to change flats, sunscreen, bug spray, water, dry lube, and energy gear, first aid, gloves, and other bike stuff.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lake Mary

Perfect day, air condition breezes across the lake, wildflowers coming out, ducks playing in the water, birds singing in the bushes and lake is completely full.

God gave us such an enjoyable day!
DESCRIPTION: Your hike begins up a gravel pathway, look for the Lake Mary sign. You'll hike up a meadow full of wildflowers, pass under large fir trees, see scenic views of Brighton, cross over a wooden bridge, and hike up behind the reservoir. This is a fun adventure for all ages!
DIRECTIONS: Enter Big Cottonwood Canyon from the intersection of Wasatch Blvd. and Fort Union Blvd. (70th South). Drive to the big parking lot at Brighton at the top of the canyon. On the east side of the parking lot is a large sign, this is the trailhead. Note: the old trail to the south is closed for vegetation restoration.
MILEAGE: 1 mile to lake, 800' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME: 2 1/2 hours
KIDS love this hike, but must be watched at all times.
WATERSHED: No swimming, & no dogs allowed!
RESTROOMS at the Silver Lake area in Brighton
GEAR: Sunscreen, hat, hiking stick, water, bug spray, camera, energy snacks, and first aid.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sundance ~ Stewart Falls hike

Refreshing day with Jesus at Sundance. Great chair lift ride was fun, seeing mountain bikers riding below. Cool mountain breezes on a hot sunny day. Stewart Falls was wonderful. Some of us even dared to get wet. On the trail we even saw a hummingbird nest.

DESCRIPTION: Take the chair lift up and hike around a scenic loop. The trail has some exposure and some steep hills down to the falls. You'll walk through deep forests, meadows, and across streams. Be prepared to get wet, and enjoy going into the falls.
MILEAGE: Stewart Falls Loop, 2 miles to the falls,
1.5 miles return.
HIKE TIME: 3 hours 20 minutes
FEE: Sundance chairlift fee is $8 adults.
KIDS are welcome if they are supervised at all times.
GEAR: hiking pole, water shoes, lunch, first aid, water, energy snacks, bug spray and sun protection.
DIRECTIONS to Sundance:
Take I-15 southbound to Orem,
take exit #272 (800 North) and travel east toward mountains,
drive up Provo Canyon 7 miles,
turn left at SR 92, (Alpine Loop)
Sundance is 2 miles up (left side)