Saturday, July 24, 2010

Brighton Wildflower Hike

We pray before we hike, for God's protection and He sends us angels to look after us.
Today, the wildflowers were at their peak.

DESCRIPTION: Lake Mary is the most popular kids hike in Utah. Along the trail are log benches. Lake Martha is a smaller alpine lake, up the hill from Mary.
RATINGS: Newbies
KIDS love this hike!
MILEAGE: 1.25 miles each way.
DIRECTIONS: Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the ski lift area and park.
The trail begins by the gravel road, by the lodge. Look for the gravel trail, up to the Lake Mary trailhead sign. If you are an old timer, the beginning of the trail has been changed.
RESTROOMS are available at Silver Lake visitor center.
WATERSHED: No swimming, no wading, no washing and no dogs are allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Smith and Moorehouse

God gave us a wonderful day of hiking, and fishing.

The smell of pine trees, blue sky and best of all, away from all the crowds!
DESCRIPTION: A great trail connecting from Smith and Moorehouse campground to the Crystal Lake trailhead. We hiked a few miles and turned back. RATINGS: Moderate
DIRECTIONS: From Oakley, Utah, drive up the Weber Canyon Road 12 miles. At the junction, turn right and drive to the upper campground.
Trailhead parking lot is closed, due to a bad bridge in the campground. You need to park at the ATV lot, outside the campground and hike up the road to the trailhead. Begin the hike at the gated road.
RESTROOM and water spigot near the trailhead parking area. Also, there are restrooms along the reservoir.
RESERVOIR: $7 fee for boats on the reservoir.
CAMPING at the campground is $19 per night and $7 for extra vehicle. Part of the upper campground is closed, because of bridge work.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wildflower Festival Hike

Cool day, hiking with Jesus!
We saw a pair of moose, running deer, family of marmots, incredible wildflowers, saw lush mountains, and relaxed by a beautiful alpine lake. We even played in the snow! It was great to escape the hot valley!

DESCRIPTION: We parked at Alta, at the wildflower festival and enjoyed a trail, through forest, streams and meadows. There's even benches to sit on, along the way. The trail joins the Cecret Lake trail at the Sunset Campground.
MILEAGE: 2.9 miles each way
DIRECTIONS: Travel up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta, and park near the information booth. Look for the trailhead sign, on the south side of parking area.
WATERSHED: Little Cotttonwood Canyon is a watershed area. No dogs allowed. No swimming in lakes, and no wading in streams.

Alta has guided nature hikes during the wildflower festival. There are free shuttles, that take hikers up the road to other trailheads.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Bicycle Ride

The second annual bicycle ride was a success! After the ride we enjoyed a tasty barbeque, prizes and had wonderful fellowship. Join us next year for the third annual bike ride.

DESCRIPTION: A fun ride on paved and dirt parkway trails in Park City. We met at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. We rode up to the police station, down to the tunnel, up the other side of the road, coasted down the hill, and made a loop around Willow Creek park.
RATINGS: all levels of bicycle riders.

MILEAGE: 3 to 12 miles, depending on what group you followed.
BIKE TIME: 2 hours
BICYCLES: mountain and road bicycle
BE APART of this great fundraiser next year! All proceed go to support the chaplain ministry in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail. Come support a good cause!

Monday, July 5, 2010

mystery tour

God blessed us with a blue sky, 72 degree morning, with cool breezes. A refreshing day for mountain biking and exercise.

A wonderful day with Jesus!
DESCRIPTION: A sampler ride, including paved parkways, dirt roads, and singletrack trails. We began at the Park City Rail Trail parking and went over to the Round Valley area. Where we went is a mystery? Join us next time.
RATINGS: Moderate/technical
RIDE TIME: 2 1/2 hours, stop and go.
MILEAGE: 10.2 miles
RESTROOMS: Available at the ballpark near Round Valley & local businesses.
GEAR: helmet, pump, bike tools, extra tube, camera, water, & energy snacks.
DIRECTIONS: From SLC drive up I-80 to Park City, take the Kimball Junction exit, turn left on Kearns Blvd, turn right on Bonanza Blvd and an immediate left on Prospector Avenue. After passing strip mall, parking is on the right.

MOUNTAIN TRAILS ~ Park City trails.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Twin Lakes Reservoir

Cool breeze, great friends, and a wonderful hike with Jesus!

Fresh air, wildflowers, birds singing, and the smell of fir trees.
DESCRIPTION: A beautiful, short hike up to one of Brighton's reservoirs. You'll see great view of Silver Lake on the way up.
RATINGS: Newbies, great for kids and beginners. Some sections have loose rock, and may be challenging for those who have trouble walking.
MILEAGE: 1 mile to the lake, 800' elevation gain.
HIKE TIME: 45 minutes up; 30 minutes down. Allow several hours for fun.
WATERSHED: Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed area. To protect our drinking water, no dogs are allowed in the canyon. No washing, no wading and no swimming are allowed.
TRAILHEAD: Behind Solitude Nordic Center at Silver Lake.
DIRECTIONS: Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton. The canyon begins at Fort Union Blvd & Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT.
RESTROOMS are available at Silver Lake.
GEAR: Pack out all trash! Bring water, jacket, energy food, hiking pole, and camera.