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.