Saturday, January 30, 2010

North Fork Loop

What a grand adventure, snowshoeing by the Mirror Lake Highway. Jesus blessed us with a partly cloudy, warm day. This trail is open to snowshoers and cross country skiers. Please do not destroy this trail, walking with boots only.






DESCRIPTION ~ From Kamas, take SR 150 east. Turn right at North Fork and turn right into the small ski parking lot. There is an out house in the snowmobile parking area, down the road. If you enjoy being away from crowds, want clean air, and enjoy a packed snowshoe trail, this is a great loop. The elevation gain is gradual.
It's wonderful, hiking through a forest of Yellow Pines.
DOGS ~ are allowed on this trail. (note: On the Beaver Creek Trail, dogs are only allowed on odd days.) Make sure you bring a clean up bag.
FEE ~ Mirror Lake Recreation fee is $6 per vehicle or you can display your National Park Pass, with your signature facing out, on a mirror hanger.
Buy your pass at the booth, entering the forest area.
RATINGS ~ Moderate
HIKE TIME ~ 2 1/2 hours
MILEAGE ~ 3 1/2 miles
GEAR ~ Make sure you dress in layers. Be prepared for icy winds. Bring a day pack, water, energy snacks, winter boots, snowshoes, one pole, camera, wear wool socks, gloves, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and wick dry base layers. etc.
SIGN ~ Make sure you read the rules and look at the trail map before heading out into the forest.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wasatch Mountain State Park

What a refreshing day, with Jesus in the mountains. This park is a great place to try snowshoeing. You can rent the snowshoes at the park and head out on the trail.



SNOWSHOEING
Description ~ A network of packed snowshoe trails are located on the hill beside the golf course. Trails outside of the golf course are free.
Snowshoe Rentals are available for $6 at the Wasatch Mountain State Park visitor center.
Trail head is across the road from the visitor center parking lot.
Trail maps are available at the visitor center.
Drive time from SLC is 1 hour.
Gear ~ daypack, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, dress in layers, hat, gloves, snowshoes, poles, insulated boots, wool socks, energy snacks, and camera.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wasatch Mtn State Park

It was refreshing, breathing clean air up in Midway. A great place to cross country ski without all the crowds. Beautiful mountain scenery with Jesus. Ever dream of escaping the smog layer? Want to enjoy a great workout? Want peace and quiet?




CROSSCOUNTRY SKIING
Description: The Wasatch Mountain State Park golf course, becomes a Winter playground, offering 2 loops of groomed ski trails. This is a great place to learn how to crosscountry ski.
The park offers snowmobiling from $95 for 1 hour to $205 for full day, including lunch.
Ski Rentals available at the Golf Course Club House: $12 adults/$6 children.
Day Pass ~ $6 adults/$3 children and seniors.
Easy loop ~ 6K.
Ski time on the 6K is 2 hours if you stop and take pictures.
Moderate loop ~ 4K.
Restrooms available at Visitor Center & Golf Course Club House
Drive time from SLC is 1 hour.
Official website ~ http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/wasatch

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snowshoeing for Newbies

Those who never dare to leave their living rooms, will never enjoy the great adventures with Jesus! It was cloudy when we met and sunny when we returned. The park-n-ride lots were full.






This was a day everyone had fun in the mountains. Skiers, snowboarders, sledders and enjoy a few snowshoers like us.
BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON
We parked at Mill D South Fork, and hiked up to the Jordan Pines Campground. And over the ridge to the Spruces Campground and back.
Fir trees were covered with snow. Children were screaming with joy, racing down the sledding hill. What a joy it is to play in the mountains. Today's lesson included, making your own trail, climbing hills, & descending hills.
We hiked through the winter campsites, and saw a snow cave that somebody slept in.