Sunday, July 31, 2011

Alta Wildflower hike

Cecret Lake is full to the brim! God blessed us with great fellowship, beautiful wildflowers, and a cool day in the mountains.  It was a great place to hear Psalm 23!

DESCRIPTION: Park in Alta, near the information booth, before the dirt road. If you are hiking during the weekend, take the shuttle up to the campground, where you will start your hike. Returning, hike down the Albion Meadows Trail back to where you parked your vehicle.
RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 3 miles
WATERSHED: No swimming, no wading and no dogs!
ALTA FREE SHUTTLE: Saturdays & Sundays during Summer.
DIRECTIONS: Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Smith and Morehouse Adventure

We began our holiday adventure at Dave's cabin, where we had a time of prayer. Then we drove up Weber Canyon to Smith and Morehouse Reservoir and parked at the dam. Some went hiking and others fishing. God blessed us with an exciting adventure!


  • DESCRIPTION: Hike around the reservoir clockwise, starting at the dam. The trail on the forest side is fun and challenging. The narrow trail has some steep exposure, you'll have to climb over rocks and logs, and across a stream. The return trip is easy, following the dirt road back.

  • RATINGS: MODERATE (trail is too rugged for kids).

  • HIKE TIME: 2 1/2 hours

  • MILEAGE: 3 1/2 miles


  • BOAT FEE: $7

  • RESTROOM available at the boat launch area.

  • DIRECTIONS: From Oakley, 12 miles up the Weber Canyon Road, turn right at the junction and go up dirt road several miles to the reservoir.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mary, Martha & Catherine

Best Lake Mary hike in 40 years! All three lakes were full to the brim. God blessed us with cool air, wildflowers, and a sunny day! We played in snow; while the people in the Salt Lake valley scorched with hot temperatures.

  • DESCRIPTION: The trail begins at the large parking lot at the Brighton Ski Resort, up Big Cottonwood Canyon, by the dirt road by the lodge. Follow the gravel path up to the trailhead. The Catherine Pass trail takes you to Lake Mary, Martha and Catherine.

  • MILEAGE: 2 miles from the parking lot to Catherine Lake.


  • RATINGS: Newbies to Lake Mary; Moderate to Catherine.


  • RESTROOMS at the Silver Lake area in Brighton.

  • WATERSHED: No dogs allowed! No swimming! No wading in streams!

  • HIKE TIME: Allow 3 to 4 hours to relax by lakes.

  • GEAR: Water, sunscreen, hat, hiking pole, camera, and snacks.

  • DIRECTIONS: Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton, from Wasatch Blvd; and Fort Union Blvd; in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Twin Lakes Loop

Imagine early June weather in the mountains, blue sky, cool breeze, no bugs, and a Bible study by a beautiful alpine lake. Twin Lakes was full to the brim, with ice floating in it, in July!

  • DESCRIPTION: A great hike for kids and beginners. We went up the Twin Lakes Trail from Silver Lake, and came down the ski road to the big Brighton parking lot.


  • MILEAGE: Loop is 2.25 miles


  • HIKE TIME: Allow 2 to 3 hours to enjoy the lake.


  • NO DOGS ~ Big Cottonwood is a protected watershed area. Also, no swimming in lakes or wading in streams.

  • GEAR: Hiking poles, sunscreen, water, hat, camera, sack lunch, first aid, Bible and bug spray.

  • DIRECTIONS: Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the Silver Lake parking, (Solitude Nordic Center), Brighton, Utah.

  • Big Cottonwood begins at Wasatch Blvd. and Fort Union Blvd. in Salt Lake.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Good News Bike Ride

Benefit Ride for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Chaplains, serving in Salt Lake County jails.

Wonderful Park City Ride on paved parkway trails, around a farm, meadows, woods, over bridges, under a tunnel and circling a park.

  • REGISTRATION: $30 included a t shirt, and lunch.


  • All level of bicycle riders enjoyed this ride.

  • MILEAGE: 3 miles to 12 miles, depending on how far you rode.

  • RESTROOMS: At the church and parks.

  • BBQ LUNCH after the ride. And prizes too!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Grand Teton Adventure

Beautiful day for a bicycle ride, taking a ferry over Jenny Lake and hiking to Hidden Falls. What an enjoyable day at the Tetons with Jesus.

Park at the Moose Visitor Center. Begin the ride by crossing the street and riding toward Jenny Lake. Make sure you bring a bike lock.

  • RATINGS: Moderate ride on paved parkway trail

  • MILEAGE: 7.5 miles each way

  • RIDE TIME: 45 minutes each way.

  • RESTROOMS: At Visitor Center, parking trailheads and Jenny Lake.

  • FEE: $12 per biker or a National Park Pass

  • GEAR: Bicycle gear, sunscreen, helmet, pump, water, snacks, etc.
Enjoy a scenic round trip boat ride across the Lake. They even sell Jenny Lake water bottles, full of water. Roundtrip fee for adults is $10. Also, at the boat dock you can rent canoes and kayaks.

Scenic hike up to a roaring falls.

  • MILEAGE: 1/2 mile to falls from boat dock.


  • NO RESTROOMS on this side of the lake.

  • GEAR: Sack lunch, camera, bug spray, water, etc.