Saturday, August 28, 2010

Desolation Lake

Great weather today! Thank you Jesus! According to the weatherman it was suppose to be a wash-out! It was a great day for hiking!








MILL D NORTH FORK TRAIL
DESCRIPTION: This trail is shared with mountain bikers, joggers, and hikers. A scenic trail with an overlook, stream, wildflowers, forest and meadow. Desolation Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are a couple of steep sections on the trail; but most of the hike is moderate. Hikers have the right-of-way; but it is always good to get off the trail for a mountain bikers.
ELEVATION GAIN: 1890'
RATINGS: INTERMEDIATE
MILEAGE: 3.5 miles to lake.
GEAR: Make sure you bring plenty of water, jacket, and energy snacks.
HIKE TIME: Allow 4 1/2 hours to have fun!
WATERSHED AREA: No dogs allowed! Also, no swimming, no wading, & no washing in streams or lakes.
RESTROOM: Available at Mill D North Fork during the Summer months.
DIRECTIONS: Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Wasatch Blvd, and Fort Union Blvd. in Salt Lake City, UT. Drive 9 miles up the canyon. Trail will be on the left.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Round Valley

PARK CITY RAILTRAIL to
ROUND VALLEY
Short Loop


DESCRIPTION: From Park City ride the Railtrail to the second road. Turn left and go up the hill to the parkway trail. Turn left at the next trail marker. At Quinns trailhead, ride north on the road, until you find the Round Valley trailhead marker. Follow the Round Valley trail signs, take the High Loop, and riding down the first hill, take Seventy 101 and follow Valderoad all the way back to the ball park. Then retrace yourself back to the Railtrail and ride back to the parking lot.
MILEAGE ~ 8.33 miles total
ELEVATION GAIN ~ 600'
RATINGS ~ MODERATE
RESTROOM: available at the ball park.
DIRECTIONS: From SLC take I-80 up Parley's Canyon, take Kimball Junction exit and drive toward Park City, turn left at Kearns Blvd, turn right at Bonanza Blvd. and left on Prospector Ave, drive behind strip mall, and turn right into parking lot.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wall Lake




God blessed us with a wonderful day in the mountains. We began our journey at Trail Lake, seeing fishermen sitting on boulders. The easy hike took us through pine forest, across a wood plank bridge, and through beautiful meadows full of wildflowers. We saw a family riding horses, teenagers jumping off cliffs at Wall Lake, and even a backpacking team of goats. After the hike, some of our group went fishing at Trial Lake.


TRIAL LAKE to WALL LAKE TRAIL
DESCRIPTION: An enjoyable trail shared with horses, through yellow pine forest, and meadows. This trail is less crowded than the one at the Crystal Lake trailhead.
RATINGS: NEWBIES
MILEAGE: 1.25 miles each way
ELEVATION GAIN: 340'
RESTROOM available at Trial Lake.
GEAR: Always take a jacket with you and food and water.
FEE: $6 Mirror Lake Recreation Pass for 3 days. Or use America the Beautiful Pass on a rear view mirror hanger, displaying card with signature out.
DIRECTIONS: Drive 17.8 Miles from Kamas, Utah, up SR 150, Mirror Lake Highway. Turn left at Trail Lake and go to fisherman parking. Parking may be crowded. There are several pullouts on the nearby road below too.
TRAIL BEGINS nearby the Fresno Scraper and Historic Cabin.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Grand Tetons parkway










MOOSE to JENNY LAKE MULTI-USE PATHWAY
DESCRIPTION: Scenic parkway trail from Moose to Jenny Lake. This trail is open to bicycles, hikers, joggers, skateboards, or rollerblading. The trail begins at Dornans and ends at the south side parking area at Jenny Lake. On the return trip, you'll enjoy coasting back.

MILEAGE: 8 miles each way.
RATINGS: Moderate
RESTROOMS: are available along the way, at various trailheads.
NO DOGS allowed on the pathway.
GEAR: Make sure you bring a bike lock. There are bike racks at Jenny Lake.
BICYCLE RENTALS are available at Dornans near Moose.
ALLOW 5 hours to bike and visit Jenny Lake.

GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bald Mountain


God gave us a cool refreshing day in the the mountains. Some of our hikers went fishing at Mirror Lake and caught rainbow trout.

BALD MOUNTAIN HIKE
DESCRIPTION: Bald Mountain offers great views of Mirror Lake, Moosehorn, and the Uintas. This trail has a lot of exposure and steep drop offs.
RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 1.6 miles each way
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,179
HIKE TIME: Allow 3 hours to enjoy this hike.
DRIVE TIME: Allow 1.5 hours from Salt Lake City
FEE: $6 Mirror Lake Recreation Pass per vehicle, 3 day pass.
GEAR: Make sure you bring a jacket. Bring long clothes in your car, in case it gets cold. Hiking poles are recommended.

MIRROR LAKE HIKE
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a mild hike around a beautiful lake. This is a great place for fishermen. There are picnic tables around the lake.
MILEAGE: 1.4 miles
RATINGS: NEWBIES, KIDS love this hike!
HIKE TIME: 45 minutes.