Saturday, March 30, 2013

Antelope Island explore de Isle

It was a wonderful Spring day at Antelope Island State Park.   We rode the causeway, went to the visitor center, and up to Buffalo Point.  We locked up our bikes and hiked to a wonderful overlook of the Great Salt Lake.  We saw a herd of bison, seagulls, ravens, and a few antelope.  Best of all it wasn't buggy on the ride at all today.   God blessed us today!

RATINGS: Moderate ride/Newbies hike
MILEAGE: 22 miles round trip
TIME: 3 1/2 hours total time
RESTROOMS: At entrance, visitor center and Buffalo Point
FEE: $3 ride a bicycle on the causeway onto the Island.
DIRECTIONS:  From SLC take I-15 north, at Syracuse take the Antelope Drive exit,  turn left and drive west to the Great Salt Lake.  Turn left into the large parking lot near the entrance gate.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Doughnut Falls Snow Hike

You couldn't ask for nicer weather.  It was great to get away from all the crowds, and hike a wonderful trail to Doughnut Falls.  Today, no snowshoes were needed.  The trail was ice packed.   We had a wonderful time.

RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 1.6 miles to the falls.
HIKE TIME: 2 hours
RESTROOM available at the parking area.
NO DOGS allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon
DIRECTIONS:  Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Fort Union Blvd and Wasatch Blvd.
Drive up to Mill D South Fork and park on the right side of the road.  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Millcreek Canyon Road Snowshoe

After eating a bagel at Einstien's Bagels, we enjoyed a hike up the Millcreek Canyon road.  Dogs really enjoy this walk.
Description: Drive up to the top of Millcreek Canyon from 3800 S. Wasatch Blvd. and find a parking place.  The road is gated off during the winter months.  
Mileage: Hike up 2 miles and turn around.
Elevation gain: 660'
Hike time:  1 1/2 hours up and 45 minutes return.
Dog owners must clean up after their pets and obey the Millcreek Leash Laws.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Snowbasin Overlook Hike

God blessed us with a warm, blue sky day.  While most of the folks at Snowbasin were on the slopes skiing and snowboarding; we enjoyed snowshoing away from the crowds.
Description:  Begin your hike at the Maples trailhead on the road.  Please do not walk on the groomed cross country ski track; stay on the sides or the middle.   Walk toward the ridge and do not take the Art Nord trail down or go to the cross country ski loop to the left.  Look for a Ogden Canyon Overlook trail sign and map.  From there follow the packed snowshoe trail up to the top.
On your return route consider taking the telephone pole trail back to the parking lot.
Ratings:  Moderate/Intermediate
Hike time: allow 3 1/2 hours
Dogs are allowed:  Bring leash and clean up bags.
Mileage:  5 miles
Elevation gain: 810'
Restrooms: Snowbasin Lodge, (none on the trail)
Gear: Snowshoes, poles, insulated snow boots, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, dress in layers, day pack, water, sack lunch, camera, and gloves.

Directions:Take I-15 northbound, after passing the Lagoon exit, take US 89 north, then I-84 east, take Mountain Green exit, and follow signs up the hill to Snowbasin.   Drive down to Snowbasins parking lot 2, and park below Terrace H.    Snowbasin has a shuttle that can take you to the lodge for restrooms.