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Trails to hike with the kids this summer

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hiking
1 day ago

One of my personal favorites, it's a quick, but steep and tiring hike to Pretty Valley and the frozen cascades are gorgeous. We climbed to the top of the big rocks and looked over the valley. Beautiful stuff. Until then the trail is well packed. We tried continuing past the massive rocks but the deep snow and time shortage prevented us from continuing. Wish we could have continued though!

hiking
2 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.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

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

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Snowshoed on 12/31. I recommend bringing micro spikes, although they aren’t absolutely necessary. Snow shoes no longer needed because the snow is packed down from all the backcountry skiers using the trail to get up onto the upper slopes. Feasible to do in just boots or even sneakers, until the next snow fall.

Great snow shoeing today!

Very steep inclines the whole way. Did this back in the Spring but a gorgeous view at the top.

hiking
18 days ago

The left (North) loop was too snowy to hike safely even with chains so we choose the right (South) loop. Then when we came down we choose to explore Pretty Valley. The snow got thigh deep at the upper end of the trail.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

Magnificent views, deep powder, and beautiful forests.

trail running
1 month ago

I have enjoyed this trail for over 20 years during every season. Easy and perfect for bike, run, walk and the fam.

Steep hike with some ice and a bit of snow but a lot of mud. The weather was warm but it was windy and cold at the top. A great workout after all of the holiday gatherings so far.

walking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for a Sunday walk. I love to add it to any of my runs too.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike into the Pfeifforhorn Cirque area!

Got the opportunity to bust out the snowshoes!

Was very tempted to try for Pfeiff, but another day perhaps ...

:-) _/|\_

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a steep trail, and it can be difficult to follow at times, but as long you follow the river you’re ok. It’s a fun hike with pretty good views.

1 month ago

Great hike today. Some snow, no moose today. Saw 2 different 3point buck and plenty of doe. Took 1.5hrs to reach beaver dam, snowed on us throughout the hike. Very slick in some areas, trekking poles helped.

hiking
1 month ago

I have probably done this trail 10 times. It is so easy for me to get to from my house and is the perfect distance if you only want to go out for 4 hours.

I used this trail as a training hike for a high-altitude hike in California, and it worked beautifully. I have done it in the warmth of summer and the light snow of late autumn to test my winter hiking gear.

This is a great into hike to the fabulous hikes of Little Cottonwood Canyon with amazing views and an awesome lake to have lunch at before heading back down.

Yes, it's a difficult hike/climb but it's very scenic. If you follow the creek all the way and make your own path you can get to the mountain top in a few hours at a leisurely pace.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 11/5 and went all the way up to mt O’Sullivan. Didn’t need crimpons at all unless you go up past the meadow. If you go past the upper meadow tread cautiously as there are thin layers of snow on the rocks and it can be slippery. Way up high snowshoes helped as there was 2 feet plus of snow. Gorgeous this time of year.

This is a great little hike. Though most the leaves have fallen, it was still super beautiful. We loved walking in a carpet of yellow and gold leaves. The arch is cool—such strange aggregate rock. Sweet canyon! We definitely want to check out more hikes in the area and camp nearby sometime.

cold today but decent conditions. some muddy spots but not too slippery. packed down snow last half mile. brought spikes but didnt use them.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Very well marked and a good challenge! It was steep but not too hard!

Beautiful trail. Definitely would recommend poles, snow and ice for a solid mile. Would rate this overall as moderate if not for the snow. Only a steep incline for about a mile. Almost made it to upper lake, but snow got a bit too deep without poles. Will be heading back to do again - awesome trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trial, especially in the winter. I'm 50+ and it is hard though.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a very gorgeous trail this time of year (fall)

Well established trail, fantastic views of Little Cottonwood, the trail gets pretty steep on the approach to Red Pine. If your feeling adventurous continue past the lake up to a few lakes higher in the valley and get an amazing view of Pfiefferhorn. Went in late September, it got pretty cold and windy higher up. If you do go to the upper lakes, some of them might be dry, but Upper Pine is a worthy sight, one of the most beautiful Wasatch Lakes in my opinion.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep but relatively short trail. Multiple stream crossings, the trail is poorly marked as you go further up, then the canyon gets progressively narrower and more technical, had to finally turn around a bit before the end of the trail on the map. Went on a Sunday afternoon and saw no one on my way up, and just a handful of people on the way down, very quiet trail which was great.

Went up today. Not sure why it’s rated hard, I would rate it moderate. Used crampons when I got above the bridge. Very nice hike, this trail would be great in the summer with all the shade. Very beautiful when you get up around 7500 feet.

hiking
2 months ago

It was definitely difficult for me, though I did it roundtrip in 3 hrs and 30 mins. Trail was well marked and very nice! The view was beautiful with snow on the mountains! Trail does have a bit of snow when you start getting higher up.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing Hike!

This time I learned my lesson and wore pants (and long John's) . . .

The Canyon was closed about half way, so it added another 3 miles making it 9 total round trip.

Took the dogs with me and glad I did as they helped plow the snow path ahead.

Had to rope them off about a 1/2 mile from the summit because there was a little bit of scrambling / exposure.

Beautiful views of Lamb's Canyon, Millcreek, the Salt Lake Valley and out East to the High Uintahs.

hiking
3 months ago

So I did this hike today (OCT 14th) with my wife. It was snowing when we pulled up to the lot but we decided to trek on anyway. The views were beautiful. We saw a total of 6 deer (although two of them may have been the same ones just several hours apart). We also saw a moose. The going got tough towards the top because the last mile or so is about .6 mile elevation. Investing in some spikes for the shoes is probably a great idea. Some gaiters are probably not a bad idea but hiking poles definitely help to probe the snow. The lake was frozen and it was gorgeous. I forgot my sunglasses so when the sun came out the snow kinda hurt my eyes! Some hikers that were there before us said the route up to Pfeiferhorn was too tough because the snow was too deep. Overall great trail. Easy to follow.

Beautiful hike! Knee deep snow once you get to Lake Catherine, but so worth it.

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