Saturday, November 29, 2014

LIVING ROOM

The Living Room makes a great Autumn hike.   It was cool and windy, but it God gave us another great day to get outdoors.

DESCRIPTION: Park by the Bonneville Shoreline trail, near the gate to Red Butte Gardens, on Colorow Drive and Wakara Way. Follow the shoreline trail south. Near Georges Hollow take the trail to the left up to the upper shoreline trail and turn right. You'll find the main trail to the Big Beacon & Living Room around the bend. Stay on the main trail, and do not take any minor trails to the left or right. At the top of the gulley, there is a fork in the trail. Go left to the Living Room or go straight for the summit hike.
RATINGS: MODERATE
MILEAGE: 1.3 miles each way
ELEVATION: 950' gain
KIDS & DOGS enjoy this trail.
NO RESTROOMS are available
HIKE TIME: Allow 2 hours, plus time at the Living Room
DIRECTIONS: From Foothill Blvd, near the U of U, follow signs to Red Butte Gardens. Drive up Wakara Way and turn right on Colorow Road and park near the entrance sign to Red Butte.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FRARY PEAK

DIRECTION:  Get a map of the Island at the entrance booth and drive to the trailhead.  Take the road to Garr Ranch,  look for the Frary Peak road to the right.
RATINGS: INTERMEDIATE PLUS
MILEAGE: 3.3 miles to the summit
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,100'
HIKE TIME:  Allow 5 hours
FEE: $10 per vehicle (seniors $5)
RESTROOM:  No restroom at the trailhead

Use the restroom near the entrance booth.
CELL PHONE coverage is good.
NO DOGS allowed on the trail.
DIRECTIONS:  From SLC take I -15 north,
take exit 332 Antelope Drive and turn left, 
keep driving straight till you reach Antelope Island State Park.



God blessed us with views of the Great Salt Lake.

 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SALT LAKE OVERLOOK

DESCRIPTION:  Take the Desolation trail up to Salt Lake Overlook; then going back take a short cut down the Thaynes Canyon trail.
TRAILHEAD:  After passing the Millcreek Inn, turn right into the picnic area.
RATINGS: Moderate
MILEAGE: 2 miles to the overlook

WILDERNESS:  No mountain bikes allowed.
ELEVATION GAIN: 1250'
HIKE TIME:  2 1/2 hours
RESTROOM at trailhead.
DOGS on even days must be on leash. 
FEE:  Millcreek Canyon fee $3 per vehicle
DIRECTIONS:  3800 S. Wasatch Blvd, SLC, UT
Drive up the canyon 3 miles to trailhead



Ever dream of going Outdoors with Jesus?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

AUTUMN IN ADAMS CANYON

DESCRIPTION:  Adams Canyon trail is a fun playground for hikers.
RATINGS: MODERATE PLUS
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,212'
HIKE TIME: 3 1/2 hours
DEPARTING: 10am

MILEAGE: 3.9 miles round trip

NO RESTROOMS available

DIRECTIONS from SLC take I-15 north, (45 minute drive)
after passing the Lagoon exit, take exit 324 ~ US 89 North,
when you pass through OAK HILLS DRIVE,
turn right at the next street,
turn right again, drive south on East Side Drive to a dirt parking lot, east of the Oak Hills Intersection.
DIRECTIONS from Ogden
take US 89 south toward Farmington,
after passing mile marker 402,
turn left at the next street,
turn right and drive south on East Side Drive to a dirt parking lot, east of the Oak Hills Dr. Intersection. 





GOD HAS CREATED BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

RAIL TRAIL ~ WANSHIP TO COALVILLE LOOP



ENJOYING ANOTHER DAY WITH THE LORD!





DESCRIPTION:  The Rail Trail is a great place to ride your mountain bike, if you are looking to build up endurance.   The trail from Wanship to Coalville is almost level, and is easy for all levels of riders.   There is usually a head wind from Coalville to Wanship.
RATINGS: Moderate on dirt and gravel trail.
MILEAGE: 7 miles each way.
DEPARTURE: 11:15am
RESTROOMS at trailheads.
GEAR: Helmet, pump, flat repair kit, extra tube, water, snacks, and sun protection. We highly recommend thorn liners.
RIDE TIME: 2 to 3 hours.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-80 east, take the Wanship exit, turn left and drive all the way
through town until you see a paved parking lot with restroom.  
There is road construction, look for the flagman to exit at Wanship.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WILLOW LAKE

WILLOW LAKE
WILLOW HEIGHTS TRAILHEAD
WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE LORD

DESCRIPTION:  The Willow Heights Trail is great for Sunday and evening hikes when you are short for time.   The trail begins with a steep climb, but levels out.  We took the trail counter-clockwise around the lake.  
RATINGS: NEWBIES
MILEAGE: 2.15 total circling the lake.
ELEVATION GAIN:  600'
RESTROOM:  Use the restroom at Mill D South Fork when driving up the canyon.
NO DOGS ALLOWED IN BIG COTTONWOOD WATERSHED







DIRECTIONS:  Enter Big Cottonwood Canyon at Fort Union Blvd. and Wasatch Blvd; SLC, Utah.   Drive 12.1 miles up and park on the side of the road.   Look for the stone trail marker on the north side of the road.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

BEAR TRAP FORK

WASATCH CREST TRAIL AND DESOLATION LAKE

BEAR TRAP FORK TRAILHEAD
ON THE RIDGE










DESCRIPTION:  God gave us a wonderful blue sky day.  Bear Trap Fork is a great place to hike if you want to escape the crowds.
There are no signs at the trail head, just a forest road gate.   The trail climbs up to the Wasatch Crest trail, where you can see great views of Desolation Lake.
RATINGS: Intermediate (not recommended for kids or beginners.)
MILEAGE:  2.27 miles to the Wasatch Crest trail
ELEVATION GAIN:  2,090'
HIKE TIME:  Allow 4 hours and 20 minutes for this adventure.
WATERSHED: No dogs allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
RESTROOM:  None at the trailhead.   Use the restroom at Mill D South Fork.
DIRECTIONS:  Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Wasatch Blvd and Fort Union Blvd. in SLC, Utah.   Drive 10.6 miles up the road.   Park by the Pine Tree Village,  "Big Cottonwood Canyon Road 6260 South, and Rivers End Road 10905 East."   
Look for the forest road gate, trailhead on the north side of the road.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

BIG COTTONWOOD OVERLOOK


MILL B NORTH FORK


DESCRIPTION: Be careful crossing the road to the north side of the canyon.
If you would like to see HIDDEN FALLS, a dry trail is found by scrambling around the large rock, counterclockwise. Please remember that this is a Watershed Area. No dogs, no wading, and no washing in the water. This is our drinking water!
MILL B NORTHFORK, begins by going up some Grand Canyon staircase. The first climb is steep & more Intermediate. You'll get some great views of the S Curve as you begin switchbacking.
You'll drop over the hill and follow a bubbling stream. Huge rocks and forest make this a wonderful setting entering the Mount Olympus Wilderness area.
After climbing more switchbacks, you'll head south to the canyon edge. As the trail turns east, you'll find a large trail leading to the rocky overlook with steep exposure. This is the Mill B North Fork Overlook.
TRAILHEAD: North side of road at the S Curve in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
HIKE TIME:  allow 2 1/2 hours
MILEAGE: 1 1/2 mile est. to overlook
RATINGS: MODERATE



LIFE WITH JESUS
IS AN ADVENTURE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

SNOWBASIN ~ Ogden Canyon Overlook


GOD BLESSED US WITH AN EARLY AUTUMN

DESCRIPTION: Look for the gated road below parking lot H. You'll find the Maples Trailhead sign. Take the old road down the hill. When you come upon a trail junction, do not take the Art Nord trail down. At the end of the road, you'll see a trail sign for Ogden Canyon Overlook by a picnic table. This is a great place for a break. The singletrack trail winds through a forest up the ridge to the saddle. Make sure you stay on the main trail, if you want to reach Coldwater Overlook. The trail is closed when wet. This trail is shared with horses, mountain bikers and leashed dogs.
RESTROOMS: Available in the Lodge and Gift shop.
RATINGS: Moderate
ELEVATION GAIN: 810'
MILEAGE: 2.5 miles to Coldwater Overlook.
HIKE TIME: 3 hours
TRAILHEAD: Maples Trailhead
DRIVE TIME: 1 hour to Snowbasin from Salt Lake City.
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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BOWMAN FORK OVERLOOK








Bowman Fork offers exercise and adventure in  Millcreek Canyon

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.  The trail follows a stream and climbs up into the forest.


RESTROOMS: Near the parking below, and at the Terraces picnic area.
MILEAGE:  2.2 miles from the canyon road to the first Bowman Fork Overlook.
ELEVATION GAIN: 1300'

FEE:  $3 per vehicle or $2 seniors.
WILDERNESS AREA ~ no mountain biking
DOGS must be on leash on even days.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

HOOVER LAKE

HOOVER LAKE
FEHR LAKE TRAIL HEAD





 
 

EVER DREAM OF HIKING OUTDOORS WITH JESUS?


BOARDWALK
DESCRIPTION:  Enjoy seeing Lake Fehr, Shepherd Lake and Hoover Lake.    Begin at the Fehr Lake trail head on the Mirror Lake Highway.  
MILEAGE: 3 miles total
ELEVATION GAIN: 500'
HIKE TIME:  2 hours
GEAR: Jacket, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, water, energy, lunch, map, and poles.
FEE: Mirror Lake Rec Pass $6


DIRECTIONS:  Mirror Lake Highway SR 150 from Kamas, Utah.   After passing by the Bald Mountain Summit you will descend and look for the trail head on the right.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

LAKE CATHERINE

What a great day to be out in the mountains with Jesus and friends.

DESCRIPTION:  From the big parking lot in Brighton Utah, head up the Lake Mary trail to Lake Catherine.

MILEAGE: 2 miles each way
ELEVATION GAIN:  1175'




LAKE CATHERINE

RATINGS: Moderate  
KIDS enjoy this hike.
RESTROOMS at Silver Lake.
WATERSHED: No dogs allowed.  No swimming allowed.
DIRECTIONS: From Wasatch Blvd and Fort Union Blvd. drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton.






Saturday, August 2, 2014

TWIN LAKES RESERVOIR

Today was our animal adventure hike up at Brighton.   We saw chip monks, squirrels, pot guts, birds, butterflies, and more.    God blessed us with a cool morning in the mountains.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CAMP NEVER ALONE

Outdoors with Jesus led the hikes for Camp Never Alone. 











We hiked to the Summit of BALD MOUNTIAN for a breathe taking lunch. Then we hiked around beautiful MIRROR LAKE.

CAMP NEVER ALONE was a singles camp that Mark Anderson organized at the BEAR RIVER CAMP in Wyoming.   The camp has places to set up tents or cabins to sleep in. We had nature walks seeing the sunset, campfires, water color class, fishing trips, and fun at the swimming hole.
This a Christian Camp that is located by the Mirror Lake Highway on the Wyoming/Utah border. 



One of the highlights of the camp was the hike to RUTH LAKE.   This is an easy hike with incredible scenery.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WILDFLOWERS and CLAYTON

Great fun, fellowship, wildflowers, cool breeze, awesome views of Brighton and Heber, and a wonderful day to be Outdoors with Jesus.  
















CLAYTON PEAK HIKE
RATINGS: INTERMEDIATE
MILEAGE: 2 1/2 miles to 10,721' summit,
ELEVATION GAIN 1960'
HIKE TIME: 4 1/3 hours total.
DIRECTIONS: Big Cottonwood Canyon begins at Wasatch Blvd. & Fort Union Blvd. in Salt Lake City. Drive to the top and park at Brighton ski resort.
RESTROOMS at Silver Lake. 
DESCRIPTION:
  • Look for the ski sign at the large Brighton parking area.
  • Follow the gravel path to the Lake Mary trailhead.
  • Walk up the hill full of wildflowers.
  • Turn left at the Dog Lake trail junction.
  • Keep following the trail to the left.
  • The right trail takes you to Dog Lake.
  • Walk through an enchanted forest.
  • At Snake Creek Pass, enjoy the rocky overlook.
  • Hike up the road to Clayton Peak.
  • On the right, take the trail to the summit.
  • As you scramble, enjoy breathe taking views.
WATERSHED: No dogs are allowed in Big Cottonwood.
GEAR: Hiking pole, water, sack lunch, first aid, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, camera, and hiking gear.