Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lake Mary, Martha and Catherine

After a few terribly hot days in Salt Lake, hiking in Brighton was a wonderful place to cool off.   It was a great day to be with God in the mountains.

DESCRIPTION:  This is a great trail for kids and beginners.   Enjoy seeing three beautiful alpine lakes.  
RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 2 miles each way
TRAILHEAD:  East side of the large parking lot at the Brighton Ski Resort in Utah.
DIRECTIONS:  From Wasatch Blvd and Fort Union Blvd, drive to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
RESTROOMS:  Available at the Silver Lake parking area.
WATERSHED:  No dogs allowed in this canyon.   Also, no swimming and no wading allowed.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ann's Trail to Potatoe Hill

Today was a wonderful day mountain biking around Draper Ridge.  God blessed us with a great day!
DESCRIPTION: Begin biking up the double track by the restroom toward the hill, turn left and travel on the Bonneville Shoreline trail. When the trail splits, take Ann's Trail to the right. There is more climbing the first half of the ride; but it is a sweet ride returning. Follow Ann's Trail and go under Traverse Ridge Road. Turn left and ride to the trail head or overlook.   On your return ride you'll climb up a hill, and have a wonderful fast ride back.  
MILEAGE: 10 miles total, out and back.
RATINGS: Non-techincal Intermediate
RESTROOMS: available at Flight Park
DIRECTIONS: Take I -15 exit at 14600 South, turn left driving on Highland Dr, turn right on Traverse Ridge Road, turn right on Manilla Dr, turn right on Steep Mountain Dr. and follow the street to Flight Park.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Saturday morning isn't a good time to hike upper Millcreek. Our Dog Lake Hike was changed when we found the top of canyon so crowded with parked cars. People were walking up the road from Alexander Basin trailhead to get to the upper hiking trails.  We choose a plan B hike, a less crowded trail mid canyon.   This is a fun trail with a bubbling stream.

DESCRIPTION:  You'll find parking near the bridge gate to the Terraces Picnic road.   Walk up the road and you'll find the trailhead.   The trail splits, Terrace to the right and Bowman to the left.

RESTROOMS: Near the parking below, and at the Terraces picnic area.
MILEAGE:  2.2 miles from the canyon road to the first Bowman Ridge overlook.
WILDERNESS AREA ~ no mountain biking allowed
DOGS must be on leash on even days and leashed in parking and picnic areas at all  times. Owners must clean up after their pets.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

RAIL TRAIL ~ Wanship to Coalville loop

An enjoyable day on the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail.    This is a great ride to build up endurance and escape the crowds.   On the ride we saw Llamas, cows, horses, storks, and other farm creatures.

RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 14 mile loop
RESTROOMS: At Wanship and Coalville trailheads.
GEAR:  Thorn liner is highly recommended.   Take extra tube, flat repair tools, pump, helmet, water, energy snacks and jacket if the weather is changing.
DIRECTIONS:  Take I-80 up Parley's Canyon east bound,  take the Wanship exit,  turn left and drive all the way through Wanship, where you'll find the Rail Trail parking area.