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Lots of snow fell this week, so we spike hiked up the trail 1.5 miles. then sledded down. ideal conditions. highly recommend!!!

One of my favorite hikes. some steep parts but overall pretty easy.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Fun trail. Ice underneath the snow. Needed cleats. The trail above the bridge was a little dice. Made for a little adventure

hiking
2 days ago

Pictures don’t do it justice, way more impressive in person! Micro spikes are a definite need throughout the trail! The last .5 mile is super steep... going up was easy in comparison to going down. Though some parts of going back down turned out to be super fun since we ended up using our butts as a sled

on Heughs Canyon Trail

hiking
3 days ago

The only thing "hard" about this trail is finding it: navigating the 1/4 mile from the handful of parking spaces on Wasatch without any signage until you find the unmarked trailhead in a side cul de sac.

From there, it is lovely and moderate at best. Trees/shade + streams/water are hard to find outside the watershed. Apparently no one else was able to find the trail while I was up there, and I had it to myself. It is not as steep or as exposed as Mt. Olympus.

It is frustrating to feel like a neighborhood is trying to keep a public trail from the public. Once parked, I saw no signs (sorry to the person whose yard I traipsed through....I naively thought "trailhead parking" meant the trailhead was actually nearby). The actual trailhead was up a private-ish road at the end of what totally felt like a private drive (maybe I actually traipsed through 2 people's yards?). There was a big sign advertising property for sale at the trail, but no sign telling me I had arrived. Although my dog and I enjoyed the 1/2 mile RT stroll on pavement through the neighborhood just to get to the trail (sarcasm), I can't imagine this is the best way to keep people from (gasp!) parking on the street in your neighborhood to go play in OUR backyard.

To everyone else, please enjoy this lovely trail!

hiking
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Great day hike trail in the winter. Lots of cute pups along the way and a great payoff at the end. A bit slippery coming back - Would rec bringing spikes, yak trax, poles or snow shoes if you have them. Still doable if you don’t!

Nothing short of amazing. I have done this hike four times this year but the winter brings a whole new beauty to this hike. Waterfall is mostly frozen. Beautiful take your camera.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved this hike. Views of the valley, tree's, tree's and more tree's then opening, then tree's then the gorgeous lake. Trail was packed down pretty well until the last half mile or so. Then snowshoes would be helpful but we didn't use them. A sled would have been helpful on the way down as well.

Just finished this hike. If your looking for a way out of the inversion soup, this is a great little hike to get above it. The trail is hard pack snow, making it a really nice, smooth hike. It’s actually a more comfortable hike than in summer in my opinion. With micro spikes and poles you’ll have zero problems on this trail. Beautiful, sunny warm skies up there above the smog. It’s well worth it!!

hiking
12 days ago

We did this hike today, it’s was absolutely beautiful, sunny day and blue skies above the inversion, the trail is well packed all the way to the top, you need only spikes and maybe poles, we carried butt sleds and it was so much fun on the way down

Beautiful in the winter. Went up on JAN 10, trail was well packed for most of the route but was a little spotty in the last quarter, no problems just using crampons and poles. All and all took about 4.5 hours.

One of my favorite trails I’ve ever hiked!! Love the river that’s right next to you and the scenery is amazing!! Definitely a must do!!

Great trail! I did it on jan. 6th so plenty of snow. The trail was packed so you dont really need snowshoes but it makes it pretty slippery if you dont have spikes/chains or poles although we managed without either. The snow is up past my knee off the side of the trail so slipping is not advised XD The lakes totally frozen and covered in snow but theres still a beautiful view of the valley

hiking
16 days ago

Did this hike a few days ago, the trail was compacted down for the most part. Wish I had microspikes or trekking poles, but it was still doable without. Definitely do this on a clear day if you can. It was cloudy when I did it, but still gorgeous. Took about 2 and a half hours to get to the top and a little over an hour to get back down.

Great hike! Bring those spikes!

Nice little hike, busy. Lots of cross country and snow shoes but you don't have to have those as the snow is packed down. Parking is a bit of a nightmare.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike today, snow was packed hard until the top. Spikes and poles helped a lot. Lake is frozen at the top - didn’t see any moose. 3.5 hours up and down

Just got down. Only spikes used, some areas I wish I had poles but overall doable without, at this time. Thanks to the postholers, everything is mostly compact. Great hike.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Hiked on 1/5/19, most area are covered with packed snow, but last 1/4 will definitely need snowshoe.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

We used smaller snowshoes on the way up. They helped with grip a lot. We regretted not just using crampons though. The trail is packed down and we took the snowshoes off and pretty much ran back down. If you do it in the winter I’d make sure to do it on a clear day. Still beautiful views. Bring some trekking poles.

The trail was traveled enough and the snow was so packed that we never used our snowshoes. Hiked a little past the Mud Springs Trail junction. Started just as it was getting light and watch the sunrise lite up the mountains behind us. The morning light made the mountains look incredable

One of my very favorite hikes for kids. Shaded and short, also the area right by the waterfall is shallow enough that my little kids can take their shoes off and walk around while they explore. Water can be chilly though so best on a warm day.

Most Definitely a Wasatch Favorite. I did this on Pioneer day '18 and getting up to the lake was incredibly fast but climbing up to the ridge slows you down. once you get up to where the high lakes are (or supposed to be anyway.. dried out wheb we went) you are supposed to start climbing to the right and We initially missed the turn and ended up boulder hopping to the south ridge and had to cross our way over. once the pheif was in view it was pretty straight foreward and needless to say we took the correct way down which was much easier to see from up above. I will definitely do it again but now I know where to go! my advice to first timers is pay attention once you start working above the lake and stay to the right. It will save you a lot of time and effort.

Hiked part of this trail from the Grandeur Peak trailhead at the Churchill campground on New Years Day. The snowy views were beautiful and with most of the trail in the sun, it was not too cold. No need for snowshoes or spikes, the trail is packed down, only icy in small spots.

Beautiful hike this morning. Only used spikes. Did some post holing about the last half mile.

Be sure to wear good hiking shoes. This trail is brutal on the toes.

The 4 stars is for the time we did this hike during the fall. The fall foliage throughout the hike is amazing and you really get the wow effect when you reach the top.
We redid the hike yesterday (December 29th), and everything is covered in a thick layer of snow. Which gives very beautiful views, but not like in the fall and you definitely don’t have the wow effect once you reach the lake.
We had crampons & snowshoes with us. We only needed the snowshoes once we were at the lake to be able to reach a nice pick nick place. The route going up was completely packed, so no snowshoes required, but I would definitely advise to use crampons! It’s not easy nor hard, but it’s a good workout!

You need micro spikes as the trail was completely snow covered. I don’t think the view is as good, as the hike up the pipeline trail to the salt lake over look, but it’s still pretty

Great hike, great views. I would say its even better to do this hike in the winter on a nice day...just really beautiful from top to bottom with the snow. Microspikes are the way to go. If you're not running up or down the trail I would say you could knock this out 2/1/2 - 3 hrs of actual hiking time if you're in moderate shape. If you do run down it takes about 35-45 mins with some stretches of walking.

Microspikes are your friend for this trail.

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