Saturday, November 7, 2009

Frary Peak

Great friends, wonderful scenery, and a high energy hike with Jesus. Antelope Island offers late season hiking. Today we saw a coyote on the trail.

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy 360 degree view of Antelope Island from the highest peak.
RATINGS: The first 3 miles are Intermediate to the Antenna Peak. And the final 1/2 mile, is Difficult, requiring steep climbs, and scrambling.
GEAR: Bring extra water on warm days. This is a desert. You'll need a jacket, first aid, energy snacks, and toilet kit. Hiking poles are lifesavers on the steep areas.
RESTROOMS: Are available at the entrance gate to Antelope Island State Park, the visitor center, or Garr Ranch. There are no restrooms at the trailhead. And little privacy on the trail.
HIKE TIME: We carpooled from the large parking lot near the entrance booth. From the time we left, till the time we returned it was 5 1/2 hours. Drive time to the trailhead was 30 minutes each way.
NOTE: Dooley Knobs is a shorter hike from the same trailhead, offering views of the Great Salt Lake.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Provo River Parkway

God blessed us with a wonderful Indian Summer day and great friends. It was wholesome exercise and great fall colors. It was fun seeing the Heber Creeper, blow its whistle and pull out of Vivian Park. A great day with Jesus!

DESCRIPTION: One of the best paved parkway trails in the state of Utah. This energetic ride is more fun than going to Lagoon. You'll ride over wooden bridges, glide under a canopy of golden leaves, and coast under narrow tunnels beneath major roads. At Bridal Veil Falls, you'll have to get off your bike and walk it for several hundred is a pedestrian zone. At Vivian Park, if you are lucky, you can see the Heber Creeper. You can ride this old train all the way from Heber to the park and back. When you return to the Geneva parking, ride your bicycle down toward Provo Lake and take the Skipper Bay Parkway, near Utah Lake.
RATINGS: Moderate, non-technical
KIDS: love riding shorter distances on this trail.
MILEAGE: 34 miles loop ~ elevation gain 700'
RIDE TIME: 4 hours
BICYCLES: Mountain bikes, road bicycles, etc.
DIRECTIONS: from SLC ~ allow 50 minutes
Take I-15 southbound toward Provo,
Take exit 265 (Utah Lake/KOA) and turn right,
Turn right on Geneva Road ~ north
Pass the KOA, & cross over the Provo River,
look for the trailhead sign & parking lot on the left.
YAHOO MAPS: 350 North, Geneva Road, Provo, UT
GEAR: It's a long ride, make sure you bring plenty of water, snacks, and bicycle gear to change flats. Wear you helmet & bring first aid.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Adams Canyon

God blesses us with so many great adventures. It is wonderful to network with hikers from Centerville, Ogden, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake and Heber.

DESCRIPTION: Adams Canyon is a hiker's playground. It's wonderful hiking by a babbling stream, to a beautiful waterfall. If you love to climb, scramble over rocks, jump over logs, and get your feet wet crossing the stream, this hike is for you. This is a great adventure for kids, but you need to watch them at all times. Don't forget to bring a hiking's a lifesaver.
RATINGS: Moderate technical
MILEAGE: 3.9 miles round trip
HIKE TIME: 3 to 5 hours
from SLC take I-15 north, (45 minute drive)
after passing the Lagoon exit, take the US 89 exit,
follow US 89 northbound,
after passing "Oak Hills Drive," stoplight,
at the next side street,turn right & right again,
drive back near the Oak Hills Drive stoplight,
you'll find a dirt parking lot on the left side.
GOOGLE MAP: US 89 and Oak Hills Drive, Layton, Utah
PACK IT OUT: Make sure you pack out all your trash.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Every hike is unique, with different people, trails, & unique experiences. We walked through a golden forest of aspens and a wonderful time of prayer at the reservoir.

DESCRIPTION: A great hike for beginners, kids, and those out of shape.Enjoy walking the boardwalk around Silver Lake, and climbing over the pass to Twin Lakes Reservoir.
MILEAGE: 1 mile hike to the lake. 800' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME: 40 minute up, and 30 minutes down.
RATINGS: Newbies ~ technical (with rocky sections, hiking poles recommended)
TRAILHEAD: At Brighton, Utah, at the Silver Lake facilities.
RESTROOM: Available at Silver Lake

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure

The weather man forecast, 30% chance of rain for all four days; but God gave us a light sprinkle the first day and sunny weather during our adventure. That is why it is important to pray all summer, for good weather and safety.

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.

Coconino Overlook
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.

Ribbon Falls
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.

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.

Silver Bridge
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.

Plateau Point
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.

Upper Tunnels
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

Lake Blanche

An enjoyable day with Jesus and good friends in the mountains. It was a wonderful Labor Day, with cool breezes by the lake. Back in the city, it was a hot day.
DESCRIPTION ~ One of the most popular trails up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Both day hikers and backpackers enjoy hiking to the three alpine lakes. Lake Blanche is a beautiful red rock lake.
RATINGS ~ Intermediate
Not recommended for beginners & kids. On the trail, we saw some kids make it all the way to the lake with their parents. But we saw some teens and adults having a difficult time, only carrying one bottle of water.
MILEAGE ~ 2.8 miles to Lake Blanche,
2,720' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME ~ 2 1/4 hours up, and 1 1/2 hours down.
DIRECTIONS ~ Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Wasatch Blvd, and Fort Union Blvd (70th South), in Salt Lake City. Travel up the canyon 4 miles to the S curve. The trail head is up the paved road to the right. Parking may be difficult to find, so you might want to park on the road.
RESTROOMS ~ At the trailhead during the Summer.
WATERSHED ~ Big Cottonwood is a protected watershed area. No dogs allowed in the canyon. Also, you are not allowed to wash, wade or swim. This is our drinking water.
WILDERNESS ~ Group size is limited to 10 persons in Wasatch Wilderness areas. Backpackers need to camp 200' away from water & trails in a previous used site. There may be fire restrictions. Contact the Wasatch/Cache Forest service before building campfires.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Park City to Wanship loop

It's incredible how God gives us the weather we need. Normally, this is a hot mountain bike ride, with no shade; but He gave us clouds and a cool breeze.

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

White Pine Lake

God created some beautiful mountains and lakes in the Tony Grove area, near Bear Lake. We left at 10am and hiked to White Pine lake by noon and returned to our vehicle by 3pm. If you want an all day adventure, this will be a real treat for you.

DESCRIPTION: A wonderful hike taking you through alpine meadows, and down a pass to a beautiful alpine lake, by rock walls. During wildflower season in July, this trail is one of the wonders of Utah.
RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 4 miles each way to the lake.
It is .2 miles to the junction to Mount Naomi from the trailhead.
HIKE TIME: 2 hours up to the Lake and 2 1/4 hours return.
On the return, you'll have to climb up a hill, that's why it takes longer.
TRAILHEAD: Tony Grove Lake & campground area, up US 89, Logan Canyon. From Logan, drive up 19.6 miles, turn left, make another left and drive 7 miles up to Tony Grove lake.
PARKING FEE: $5 per day/$15 per week/$35 annual pass.
DRIVE TIME: from Salt Lake City 2 1/2 hours, and 120 miles, each way.
GEAR: Make sure you bring plenty of water for the warm days. Bug spray, energy snacks, sack lunch, camera, hat, sunglasses, garbage bag, sunscreen, toilet kit, hiking pole and first aid.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pittsburg Lake

Fun day hiking with Jesus. Pittsburg Lake is hard to get to, but its a beautiful with a miners cabin. You can see the backside of Sugarloaf peak and the Devil's Castle.
DESCRIPTION ~ This is a steep, Mount Olympus type climb up a rocky mining road to a beautiful alpine lake.
DIRECTIONS ~ Enter American Fork Canyon and drive past Timpanogos Caves. Turn left at the fork in the road on SR 144, and drive by Tibblefork Reservoir. Head straight on the dirt road (do not go up the hill). This dirt road requires high clearance vehicles, such as trucks or SUVS. Keep driving straight on the road for 5.2 miles. (Do not take the road to Forest Lake.) You'll come to a fork in the road with a sign to Pittsburg Lake trailhead. Turn left and follow the road straight up the hill. Do not take forest road 422 or 596. Eventually, you will cross a stream and enter the trailhead parking lot with a large boulder in the middle.
RESTROOMS available at Timp Cave, Tibble Fork Reservoir and picnic areas. Sorry no restrooms at the trailhead. Make sure you bring toilet paper, shovel and a ziplock bag for the trail.
RETURN TRIP OPTION ~ Take forest road 085 over the top of the mountain to Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway. You can drive to US 40 and take I-80 back to Salt Lake City.
DRIVE TIME ~ It took 1 hour & 10 minutes to drive from the bottom of American Fork Canyon to the trailhead. It was slow driving over the rough, rocky road; shared with ATVs and dirt bikes.
MILEAGE ~ 1.5 miles to the lake, 1400' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME ~ 1 hour up and 45 minutes down.
RATINGS ~ Intermediate (not for kids and beginner hikers)
GEAR ~ American Fork Canyon is hot during the day & cold at night. Make sure you bring plenty of water and a jacket. It is highly recommended to bring hiking poles, because of all the loose rock. Bring a map, flashlight, food, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and first aid.
FEE ~ American Fork Canyon charges a $6 fee for a 3 day pass. Or you can use your National Park Pass on a hanger.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Legacy Parkway

It was a dark rainy morning and God gave us a wonderful afternoon bike ride. The air was fresh, no bugs, and the temperature was mild like a Spring day.
500 South Trailhead to
Farmington Station loop
Description: Enjoy riding your bicycle on the Legacy Parkway. There are park benches, wooden bridges, tunnels, and sunflowers along the way.
Mileage: 18 mile loop
Bike time: 1.5 to 2 hours depending on rest stops
Trailhead: 500 South (west of the Legacy Highway)
Directions: Take exit 4 on the Legacy Highway.
No restrooms are available on the trail.
Ratings: Moderate
Gear: Make sure you wear a helmet, bring water, bike tools, extra tube, pump, and jacket.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Sunday, July 26 we had an exciting ride in Park, City; a combined effort between the Bonneville Cycling Club and Outdoors with Jesus.

DESCRIPTION: Ride down the rail trail to the Park City Ice Arena. Round Valley mountain has many single & double track trails to choose from.
RIDE TIME: 3 hours
RATINGS: Moderate technical
MEETING PLACE: Park City Rail Trail.
DIRECTIONS from Kimball Junction, turn right and head toward Park City, turn left on Kearns Blvd; turn right on Bonanza Blvd, make an immediate left turn on Prospector Ave, drive past shopping mall and turn right into parking area. (40 minute drive from Salt Lake)
Meet at the playground parking lot near the Park City Ice Arena. Google maps: "F.J. Gilmor Way & Ability Way, Park City, Utah."
RESTROOMS available at the Ball Park.
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Round Valley Mountain Loop ~trail markers:
Begin at F. J. Gilmor Way & Ability Way near green box.
  1. Turn right "Round Valley/Rambler" and do not take Matts Flat to the left.
  2. 3.8 miles: turn left on "Round Valley" & do not take Rambler to the right.
  3. 4.8 miles: turn left on "High Loop" & do not take "Round Valley/Karis loop to the right.
  4. You'll connect back with the "Round Valley/Rambler" trail. Turn left, where you'll go up a series of switchbacks.
  5. Ridge 1: continue on "Round Valley/Rambler" trail and do not turn left on "Nowhere Elks." You'll have fun riding down the hill.
  6. 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.
  7. Bottom: do not take the Valderoad; but continue on the "Rambler" trail up the second ridge.
  8. Ridge 2: turn left and take the "Rad Ridge" trail and do not take the "Round Valley/Rambler" trail.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Turn left on "Cammy's Trail.
  12. Stay on "Cammy's Trail to the left; and do not turn right on the "Backside Trail."
  13. Continue on "Cammy's Trail" to the right and do not take "Round Valley Express" to the left.
  14. Continue on "Cammy's Trail" and do not take "Matt's Flatt" trail.
  15. Ridge 3: turn left on "Seventy 101" trail and do not go down hill on "Matt's Flatt" or "Cammy's Trail."
  16. Turn right on "Matt's Flatt/To Valderoad" trail or continue up the double track to "Valderoad" and turn right.
  17. Coast down the hill on the "Valderoad" double track, that turns into a singletrack.
  18. Continue on the "Valderoad" down the hill. Do not turn left on "Nowhere Elks."
  19. "Valderoad" joins with "Matt's Flatt" trail, back to the ball park area.
  20. 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

Bald Mountain

A cool blast of wind, felt like an air condition as we hiked up the Bald Mountain trail. It was a great blessing to escape the heat from the desert valley to hike in God's mountains. Enjoy fantastic views of Mirror Lake.
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

Lake Mary, Martha & Catherine

Enjoyable hike with friends and Jesus. It was so wonderful to escape the hot valley and breathe cool, fresh air. The wildflowers were incredible.
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy Brighton's three beautiful sister lakes. This is a great hike for children, beginners and those who are out-of-shape.
RATINGS: Newbies to Lake Mary
Moderate to Lake Catherine
HIKE TIME: Allow 1 to 3 hours.
MILEAGE: 1 mile to Lake Mary (800' elevation gain)
2 miles to Catherine (1200' elevation gain)
RESTROOMS: Outside the Nordic Center by Silver Lake.
KIDS 3 years old & up are able to hike this trail. Plan on carrying younger kids.
WATERSHED: No swimming or wading in the lake and no dogs allowed.
GEAR: Make sure you carry plenty of water, energy food, sunscreen, hat, first aid, camera, hiking stick and bug spray.
DIRECTIONS: Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Fort Union Blvd. (70th South) and Wasatch Blvd, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Drive to the top of the canyon to the large ski lot and park near the buildings. The trailhead begins by the large sign and a gravel pathway.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Smith-Morehouse trail

What a wonderful way to escape the summer heat and enjoy God's mountains. After seeing Dave's cabin, we had an enjoyable hike and stopped after at the newly improved Smith-Morehouse Reservoir. After, we stopped at the Rhode Island dinner in Oakley.

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
DIRECTIONS: From Oakley, Utah take the Weber Canyon road to the Smith-Morehouse reservoir. After passing the reservoir, take a left in the campground, and follow the signs to the 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

Lee's mystery hike

A wonderful day to enjoy with God and good friends. We enjoyed Wildflower celebration at Alta and a great hike. The wildflowers were incredible! There were food booths in the parking lot, and guided wildflower tours. Lee gave us a wonderful Mystery Hike.

GRIZZLY GULCH ~ Twin Lakes Pass
DESCRIPTION ~ We started at the parking lot in Alta, by the entrance booth to the road to the campground. The trailhead is hidden on the north side of road. This is a great trail to escape the crowds and you'll have no trouble finding parking. At the pass you'll enjoy seeing Big Cottonwood and Twin Lakes Reservoir.
RATINGS ~ Moderate
MILEAGE ~ 1.5 miles to the pass
HIKE TIME ~ allow 3 1/2 hours
RESTROOMS ~ parking area has several outhouses.
NO DOGS ~ Little Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed area.
DIRECTIONS ~ Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon up the road toward Alta. Park near the entrance booth.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ruth Lake

After hiking up Bald Mountain to the snow ridge, we found it impassible and drove down the road to Ruth Lake. God Blessed us with cool weather.

DESCRIPTION: Excellent hike for kids and beginners. You'll enjoy a stream, pond and a beautiful lake, hiking through firs, rocks and wildflowers.
MILEAGE: 1 mile to the Lake, 400' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME: 25 minutes to the lake.
DIRECTIONS: Trailhead is at mile marker 35 on the Mirror Lake Highway.
FEE: Each vehicle needs a Mirror Lake Recreation Pass $6,
or you can use your annual National Park Pass on a hanger.
GEAR: Make sure you bring bug spray, rain jacket, extra clothing, food & water.
Toilet kit, compass, first aid, and survival stuff is good to have too.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Green Pond Loop

God gave us a wonderful 4th of July in the mountains. Snowbasin is lush green and has wonderful views. You may think you are in Europe and not Utah. After the bike ride we enjoyed free music on the lawn and went hiking.

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
TRAIL MAPS: available at Snowbasin or their website.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rail Trail ~ Wanship to Echo loop

God gave us a beautiful sunny day, with wonderful friends. We saw birds fly out of the tunnel and a run-away cow in Coalville.

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
RATINGS: Moderate
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

Timpanogos Cave

It's a blessing from God to have good friends, a beautiful day, a hike to a cave and a picnic by a stream. Inside the cave are a few narrow places, where you have to duck down or squeeze through. There are three caves you will pass through and Timpanogos is the best.

DESCRIPTION: All ages enjoy hiking up to the cave on this paved trail. The trail has steep exposure, so watch your kids closely. There are benches to sit down too. The cave tour lasts about 1 hour. It is 45 degrees inside so make sure you bring a jacket.
GEAR: Bring water, energy snacks, camera, jacket, and a small flashlight.We recommend a small fanny pack. Do not bring a big day pack, because you will have to wear it over your belly for the cave tour. You can drink water in the cave, but you cannot eat anything inside.
RATINGS: Moderate
HIKE TIME: 3 hours
MILEAGE: 3.5 miles round trip, 1,092' elevation gain
RESTROOMS: At the Visitor Center and near the top.
AMERICAN FORK CANYON ~ $6 per vehicle for a 3 day pass or you can use your National Park Pass with a hanger.
PARK-N-RIDE ~ On SR 92, on the northside of the road, before the junction of SR92/SR146 is a park-n-ride, outside of American Fork Canyon.
TIMPANOGOS CAVE ~ Adults $7, Juniors $5 (6 to 15), Kids $3 (3 to 5)
Take I-15 Southbound,
After passing over the point of the mountain take exit 284 (SR92) "Cabella's exit",
Turn left and drive east on SR 92 to American Fork Canyon,
Visitor Center is up the canyon.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hiking Adventures at Capitol Reef & Escalante

Wonderful Memorial weekend campout on Boulder Mountain. God showed us how to enjoy both rainy and sunny days. It was a weekend of exploration, campfires, camp barbeques, fine dining in Torrey, fellowship, and a time to be with Jesus in prayer and Bible study.

Ratings ~ Newbies
Mileage ~ 1/10 mile to an roadside overlook.

We watched a wonderful video, toured the visitor center & bought souvenirs.

Ratings ~ Newbies
Mileage ~ 1 1/4 each way
Description ~ Wonderful hike to pioneer register, tanks, & natural bridge.
Fee ~ $5 per vehicle driving down park road.

Ratings ~ Newbies
Description ~ Short boardwalk hike to petroglyphs.

Ratings ~ Newbies
Description ~ Short walk down to falls.

Ratings ~ Moderate
Mileage ~ 1 mile each way, 400' elevation gain

Description ~ hike to little and big Hickman Bridge.

Ratings ~ Moderate
Mileage ~ 3 miles each way
Hike time ~ 4 hours
Fee ~ $2 per vehicle

Located in Boulder, Utah
Fee ~ $4 per person, or $10 per vehicle.

Ratings ~ Moderate
Location ~ Dixie National Forest on Highway 12
Mileage 1/2 mile each way
Description ~ short hike in the Singletree Campground to a falls.

Capitol Reef National Park

Grandstaircase Escalante National Monument

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Waterfall Canyon

Waterfall Canyon is a wonderful hike for all ages. I am so impressed by the huge waterfall that God made. This is one hike I will never get tired of.
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

Big Beacon

The Big Beacon (Mt. Wire) is a wonderful Spring hike on Saturday. God blessed us with wildflowers, cool air, and a warm sunny day. We started hiking at the Bonneville Shoreline trail, near Red Butte Gardens. The trail wasn't crowded at all.

Read our April 27, 2008 blog entry for more details.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tour de Island

God blessed us with a wonderful ride on Antelope Island. We saw a herd of buffalo cross the road. Great fellowship and fun!

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.
Ratings: Moderate
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)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fred's Trail

Wonderful day to spend a Sunday afternoon, relaxing in a forest of firs and spruces.

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

God blessed us with a sunny, blue sky day. It was a great day to enjoy cross country skiing in Park City, Utah.
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

Wasatch Mountain State Park

If you want to escape crowds, and want to enjoy mountain scenery, you'll love this place. This is a great place to pray.

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

Northfork Trail

Sometimes you need to escape the frigid, smoggy valley, to enjoy a sunny day with crisp, clean air with Jesus! This was a fantastic winter hike with incredible scenery and a quiet place to relax.

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.