Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
DESCRIPTION: Backpacking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim. Four days of hiking and three nights sleeping at backcountry campgrounds on the Corridor Trail. We hiked down the North Kaibab trail and up the Bright Angel Trail.
Travel to the Grand Canyon
North Kaibab Trailhead ~ Elevation 8,241'
Parking can be hard to find. The trail begins at the lower end of the parking area. This is a good place to pray and take pictures, before your journey.
Hiking down a forest of fir trees, you will come to an overlook. This is a great place to drop your pack and take pictures.
Supia Tunnel ~ Elevation 6,800'
1.7 miles from the North Rim
Great rest area, with restrooms and water.
The tunnel is the gateway to the classic Grand Canyon.
Roaring Spring ~ Elevation 5,200'
4.7 miles from the North Rim
You'll come to a sign, it is a 1/2 mile drop down to the day use area. There are restrooms; but we found the water line was broken.
Resident House (Helicopter pad)
Water is available outside the residence, near the trail.
Cottonwood Campground ~ Elevation 4,080'
7 miles from North Rim.
Pick your campsite and set up your tent. Display your permit on your tent. The campground has restrooms, water and an emergency phone. Make sure you pack out all your garbage.
1.6 miles from Cottonwood Campground
Leave early in the morning while it is still cool. You'll be hiking over 8 miles, and there's lots of exploring & fun. On the North Kaibab trail, you come to a sign to Ribbon Falls. Cross a bridge and find a place to drop your pack. This is a wonderful place to wet yourself and cool off. There is no water and no restrooms from Cottonwood to the Phantom Ranch.
7 miles from Cottonwood Campground
Before 4pm, the snack bar is open, where you can get ice cold tea or lemonade, apples, bagels and other goodies. During the evening, if you have made your reservation, you can get a steak dinner, vegetarian chili dinner or beef stew dinner. Sometimes, if you ask when you arrive, there are dinners available.
Phantom Ranch has dorms, cabins and showers for guest who have booked their stay one year in advance.
Bright Angel Campground ~ Elevation 2,480'
Beautiful campground, with a running stream nearby to cool off in. You'll find, flush toilets, a sink for washing pots & pans, a pole to hang your back pack, and metal boxes to protect your food from the wildlife. There was even a Ranger talk, the night we came.
The ranger advised us to begin early, because of the hot temperatures in the bottom of the canyon. We prayed at the Bright Angel trailhead.
This bridge is for hikers only. The mule trains have to cross the black bridge, which connects with the South Kaibab trail. The Colorado River was muddy brown, and the views at the bottom where wonderful.
River House ~ Elevation 2,480'
1.5 miles from the Bright Angel Campground
Take off your pack, and enjoy this stone shelter, lay down and put your feet up. This is the only restroom available until Indian Gardens. There is no water available.
Indian Gardens Campground ~ Elevation 3,800'
4.7 miles from Bright Angel Campground
On the way to Indian Gardens, you'll have great views, and even see small water falls. Indian Gardens Campground has covered shelters over the picnic tables and has lots of critters. Set up your tent and go on a day hike to the overlook.
1.5 miles (each way) from Indian Gardens.
Enjoy a level hike to this Grand Canyon overlook, pictured above. Make sure you bring snacks, water, flashlight, and a camera. There is a water available at the overlook. This is a great place to watch the Sunset.
Begin your journey at sunrise.
Today, you'll climb up 2/3 of the elevation of the Bright Angel Trail.
Three Mile House ~ Elevation 4,920'
A great place to take your pack off. There is a shelter, restrooms, water, and an overlook for great scenic photography. You only have 3 miles left to the top!
Mile and a Half Resthouse ~ Elevation 5,720'
Water and restrooms are available.
Once you have reached the two tunnels, you'll be nearing the South Rim.
South Rim ~ Elevation 6,860'
You'll come to the trailhead sign. This is a great place to take pictures.
Take the Rim Trail to the left, to the view areas outside the Bright Angel Lodge.
There are restrooms and food available.
If you are taking the Rim to Rim Shuttle back to the North Rim, you'll catch it at 1pm in the Bright Angel Lodge. You can check your backpacks in at the lodge, until you are ready to leave. Make sure you make reservations.
Travel back home.
RATINGS: Intermediate to Difficult
GEAR: Backpacks should be under 30 lbs, before you add water. Make sure you bring one gallon bladder, or water bottles. It is important to eat salty snacks. Wear sunglasses, hat and put on sunscreen. Bring dehydrated food for evening meals. Make sure you cook and try out your menu before you take it backpacking. There is nothing worse than a lousy meal.
CONDITIONING: You need to prepare yourself by hiking long distances, carrying weight, and camping in deserts. Much prayer is needed. This should never be your first backpacking experience. Each time you backpack, you learn what gear is needed for light weight packs.
PERMITS: Available through the National Park Service, by US mail or fax. Or by visiting the Grand Canyon Backcountry Office on the North or South Rim. Permits are available 4 months in advance. There are some walk-in permits available each day; but you might have to wait several days to get your requested campsites.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
UNION PACIFIC RAIL TRAIL
DESCRIPTION ~ One of the best Rail to Trails in the state of Utah. The trail is a 3 mile paved parkway, that leads into a 23 mile dirt and gravel, doubletrack. It is non-technical, and a easy ride for all levels of bicycle riders. This trail is a non-motorized trail. You'll have fun coasting down the hill to Wanship, between the I-80 freeway.
RATINGS ~ MODERATE: Park City down to Wanship
INTERMEDIATE return, including a 5 mile climb.
MILEAGE ~ 27 miles loop, & 750' elevation gain.
RIDE TIME ~ 1 1/2 hours Park City down to Wanship.
2 3/4 hours from Wanship up to Park City.
RESTROOMS ~ Promontory & Wanship parking lots & Park City businesses.
DIRECTIONS from SLC: Drive east on I-80 up Parleys Canyon to Park City, take the Kimball Junction and turn right, travel to Park City and turn left on Kearns Blvd; turn right on Bonanza Blvd, make an immediate left turn on Prospector Ave and drive past the strip mall, turn right into large parking area and look for the Union Pacific Rail Trail sign. Drive time 40 minutes.
GEAR ~ Bladder full of water, energy snacks or lunch, sunprotection, extra tube and tools to change flats, helmet, pump, and first aid. We recommend that you put thorn liners and use slime tubes too.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
- Turn right "Round Valley/Rambler" and do not take Matts Flat to the left.
- 3.8 miles: turn left on "Round Valley" & do not take Rambler to the right.
- 4.8 miles: turn left on "High Loop" & do not take "Round Valley/Karis loop to the right.
- You'll connect back with the "Round Valley/Rambler" trail. Turn left, where you'll go up a series of switchbacks.
- Ridge 1: continue on "Round Valley/Rambler" trail and do not turn left on "Nowhere Elks." You'll have fun riding down the hill.
- Halfway down: continue on the "Round Valley/Rambler" trail to the right. Do not take "Seventy 101" to the left. You'll enjoy a new section of this trail, riding around the sagebrush to the bottom of the valley.
- Bottom: do not take the Valderoad; but continue on the "Rambler" trail up the second ridge.
- Ridge 2: turn left and take the "Rad Ridge" trail and do not take the "Round Valley/Rambler" trail.
- At the "La Dee Duh" junction, the turn left onto the unmarked "Rad Ridge" trail...this is easier than the rocky road. Do not take "La Dee Duh" to the right.
- Do not take the "Quarry Road" to the left, but continue to the right on the "Rademan Ridge" trail, to the base of the rocky steep hill.
- Turn left on "Cammy's Trail.
- Stay on "Cammy's Trail to the left; and do not turn right on the "Backside Trail."
- Continue on "Cammy's Trail" to the right and do not take "Round Valley Express" to the left.
- Continue on "Cammy's Trail" and do not take "Matt's Flatt" trail.
- Ridge 3: turn left on "Seventy 101" trail and do not go down hill on "Matt's Flatt" or "Cammy's Trail."
- Turn right on "Matt's Flatt/To Valderoad" trail or continue up the double track to "Valderoad" and turn right.
- Coast down the hill on the "Valderoad" double track, that turns into a singletrack.
- Continue on the "Valderoad" down the hill. Do not turn left on "Nowhere Elks."
- "Valderoad" joins with "Matt's Flatt" trail, back to the ball park area.
- At the next "Matt's Flatt" marker, turn right onto the unmarked trail. This will take you down to the road faster.
GEAR: Make sure you bring water, energy snacks, sunscreen, first aid, sunglasses, helmet, and bike gear.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
DESCRIPTION ~ A great rocky adventure at the top of the Mirror Lake Highway. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Uintas on top of this 11,943' summit.
RATINGS ~ Moderate
MILEAGE ~ 2 miles to the summit, 1250' elevation gain.
KIDS ~ love this hike; but must be carefully supervised at all times due to the dangers of the trail.
DOGS are not recommended. This trail is too rocky and has steep drop offs.
DIRECTIONS ~ Kamas, Utah take the Mirror Lake Highway SR 150 east, and drive up the road 29 miles to the Bald Mountain Pass. Turn left into the Bald Mountain trailhead & picnic area. Allow 1 hour 20 minutes drive time from Salt Lake City.
GEAR ~ water, energy snacks, sack lunch, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking pole, camera, first aid kit, and bring a jacket.
RESTROOM ~ available at the trailhead.
FEE ~ Mirror Lake Recreation Pass is $6. You can use your National Park Pass on a hanger. Make sure your signature on the card is showing.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
DESCRIPTION: The is a great trail for backpackers who want to get away from all the crowds. The trail is shared with horses.
- 5 miles to Erickson Basin,
- 7 miles to Island Lake
- 10 miles to the Crystal Lake trailhead
RESTROOMS & water are available at the trailhead.
RATINGS: Moderate level hiking
GEAR: Make sure you bring plenty of water, jacket, food, bug spray, sunscreen, and survival gear.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
SNOWBASIN MOUNTAIN BIKING
DESCRIPTION: From Snowbasin, the trail starts by the bike wash station. We headed up the road to the first Green Pond trail and went around the loop clockwise. The lower loop is intermediate technical and has some rocky sections. It also has nice forest bridges, and great views. At the junction to go to the highway, we turned up to the upper loop. We found this section moderate and less rocky. Once up, it is a great ride down to Snowbasin.
RATINGS: Intermediate technical
(not recommended for kids or beginners.)
You need to have the skills to handle switchbacks, ride over rocks and pop out of clipless pedals.
RIDE TIME: Allow 2 hours
MILEAGE: 3 mile loop
DRIVE TIME from SLC: 1 hour
DIRECTIONS: available on Snowbasin.com
TRAIL MAPS: available at Snowbasin or their website.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
DESCRIPTION: Beautiful ride taking you through farm land, across bridges and to the south shore of Echo Reservoir. You see horses, lamas, goats, cows, birds, and wild creatures.
MILEAGE: 15 miles
RIDE TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes
MEET: At the Wanship Rail Trail parking lot.
DIRECTIONS: 38 mile drive from SLC on I-80 east bound.
Take the Wanship exit, turn left, drive all the way through town, and paved parking lot is on the left side (across the street from Spring Chicken Inn).
RESTROOMS are available at Wanship and Coalville.
GEAR: Make sure you bring energy snacks, water, sunscreen, helmet, gloves, pump, extra tube, & bike tools. Make sure you have cold drinks, when you return to your car.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Description ~ hike to little and big Hickman Bridge.
LOWER CALF CREEK FALLS
Mileage 1/2 mile each way
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We hiked to a spring, then made went around the Bonneville Shoreline trail to an overlook. This is a great place to take pictures of the Ogden valley.
Climbing up Waterfall Canyon, we followed a bubbling stream. This part of the trail is shaded by bushes and trees. You'll be climbing up rocks and may need a hiking stick or pole. Make sure you "pack it out," and do not litter.
Read our blog for May 18, 2008 for more info.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Read our April 27, 2008 blog entry for more details.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Antelope Island bicycle tour on pavement.
Description: 21.7 mile ride onto the Island, stopping at the visitor center, pedaling up to Buffalo Point, coasting down to the causeway, and back to the parking lot by the state park entrance booth.
Trip time: with stops at the visitor center, & Buffalo Point it was 3 1/2 hours, on mountain bikes.
Fees: $3 per bicycle ($2 seniors over 62), $9 per vehicle driving onto Island.
There may be a discount for groups of bicycle riders ~ one person may be able to buy the pass for everybody. Buy your entrance pass when you first arrive. We had to wait behind a long line of cars entering the park.
Drive time: 50 minutes from SLC due to road construction.
Directions from SLC:
- I-15 North to Layton
- Take the Antelope Drive exit 332
- head west on Antelope Drive to the Great Salt Lake
- park in the large parking lot outside the entrance gate
Gear: Helmet, gloves, windbreaker, sunglasses, sunscreen, energy snacks & lunch, camera, pump, bike lock, souvenir money, first aid, extra tube & flat tools.
Antelope Island State Park (Utah) http://stateparks.utah.gov/stateparks/parks/antelope-island/
Sunday, March 8, 2009
God blessed us with a blue sky and even blocked most of the valley wind. We had the forest to ourselves!
Description ~ We enjoyed an afternoon both on trail and off trail from the Jordan Pines area and around the Spruces Campground. We walked around winter campsites, heard squirrels, and even climbed hills.
Location ~ Big Cottonwood Canyon at Mill D South Fork.
Hike Time ~ 2 hours.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
White Pine Touring has the best groomed trails in the State of Utah! We saw ducks on the trail!
Description ~ White Pine Touring is a wonderful place for both classic and skate skiing. Loops go around the Park City Golf Club and down to the farm.
5K Loop ~ Moderate
3K Loop ~ Newbies
Church Loop ~ Intermediate
Farm Loop ~ Intermediate
Dog Loop ~ Newbies
Day Pass ~ $18 adults, $8 kids, under 6 or over 64 free.
Gear ~ Dress in layers, day pack to carry water & snacks, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and wool or wick dry socks. You'll get hot fast, and want to peel off layers.
Directions from SLC:
Take I-80 up Parley's Canyon,
Take Kimball Junction exit in Park City,
Travel south on 224 to Park City,
Turn right at Thaynes Canyon Drive
Turn left into Hotel parking lot.
White Pine Touring is on the west side of the building near the Yurt.
Website for White Pine Touring
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Description ~ Wasatch Mountain State Park has a cross country ski touring area on the golf course. It has a 6K beginner loop and a 4K moderate groomed trail.
Ratings ~ Newbies for beginner loop.
Fee ~ Day Pass is $6 adults, $3 children (6-12).
Passes may be purchased at the State Park Visitor Center or the Golf Course Club House.
Hours ~ 8am to 5pm
No dogs are allowed on the trails.
Ski rentals ~ are available at the club house:
$12 adults/$6 children.
Directions from SLC ~
take I-80 up Parley's Canyon,
take US 40 toward Heber,
at the first stop light, turn right on River Road,
drive west following signs to Wasatch Mountain State Park,
turn right on Pine Canyon Road,
VISITOR CENTER turn left on Warm Springs Drive.
(Snake Creek Road & Warm Springs Dr.)
CLUB HOUSE continue up Pine Canyon Road & turn left on Golf Course Dr.
Drive time from Salt Lake ~ 1 hour
Gear ~ dress in layers and avoid cotton. Bring hat, insulated gloves, water, day pack, trail snacks, camera, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Parking ~ Northfork Parking area on the Mirror Lake Highway, SR 150.
Ratings ~ The North Fork trail is great for Newbies and all levels of snowshoers.
Description ~ A great place to mediate, with birds singing. Crosscountry skiiers also share this trail. It has a gradual climb, and the trail is packed and maintained by other users and away from avalanche areas.
Most people on the trail were doing the entire 4 mile loop. After 1 1/2 miles up the Northfork trail, it joins the Northfork West trail. That trail takes you down to the road, 1/4 mile west of the parking area.
Fee ~ Mirror Lake Recreation pases: $6 for 3 day pass, $12 for week pass, and $45 for annual pass. You can also use your National Park Pass and hang it over your rear view mirror in a door hanger card holder.
Hike time ~ 2 hours? We hiked 1 hour and then returned.
Mileage ~ 2 1/2 miles total miles.
Directions from Salt Lake ~
Take I-80 (East towards Park City),
Take US 40 (South),
Take exit 4 (Kamas exit) and turn left,
Travel east on SR 248 to Kamas,
Turn left on SR 32,
Turn right on SR 150 ~ Mirror Lake highway,
Entering the forest land, make sure you purchase a recreation pass,
Travel until you reach the North Fork parking area.
Turn right and park.
Travel time from Salt Lake ~ 1 hour each way.
Gear ~ Snow boots, poles, wool or wick dry socks, dress in layers, water, gators or snow pants, insulated gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a warm hat. Bring a day pack, matches, energy snack and extra clothing. It might be a good idea to pack a compass.