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    Becky Pennock completed Alaska Basin Trail

    3 months ago

    Becky Pennock reviewed Desolation Lake & Dog Lake Loop via Red Pine Road

    4 months ago

    Tip: Go on an odd day, if hiking. This will avoid bikers for a good portion of this loop. Also, go on a weekday before 5pm or before 7am on a weekend to get decent parking.

    The trail up Old Red Pine Road is beautiful -- lots of flowers. It also has very few people, especially compared to neighboring trailheads like the one to Dog Lake. I did this on a Saturday at 8am and saw only a couple other people on the Red Pine Road portion of the hike.

    Turning to the Wasatch Crest trail is where I started to see traffic, mostly mountain bikers, all headed downhill (while you're going up). Go on odd days to reduce the number of bikers you run into. The views in this stretch are breathtaking. To your left is Park City and you can see to the east for about 160 degrees. To your right are great views of Millcreek, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and the Great Salt Lake beyond. This is the highest elevation, I maxed out at about 9800ft.

    After veering off to Desolation Lake, you head downhill and it's absolutely stunning. The colors of the water were shades of blue and green with hints of red from the rock below. The flies were everywhere. The earlier you get here, the better. Between Desolation and Dog Lake, you have a gentle grade downhill, then back up. The uphill portion is NOT a rock scramble like I thought it might be. It was quite nice.

    From there, it's impossible to get lost as you rejoin the throngs of hikers, most of which are hiking back to the parking area. The trail here is extremely well marked.

    Nature stuff I saw: Snake, adorable ground rodents, deer, and so. many. doggos. at. Dog Lake.

    Becky Pennock reviewed Lake Blanche Trail

    5 months ago

    I backpacked in on a Friday morning starting at 9am and got to the top at noon. The day went by SO FAST up there because it is gorgeous.

    There are mosquitoes, but not bad until you get up to the lake proper. The trail is mostly shaded, though starting in the morning was absolutely the right idea temperature-wise. If you wait, it gets hotter, and there are more bugs and less shade. Also, more people. If you are planning to filter water, fill up fully at the bottom. You only have access to the stream for a short while, unless you feel like doing an extra scramble later (not recommended).

    This hike IS popular. That's why I took a Friday off to backpack in. Hiking down Saturday morning was dicey in areas because we had to stop so much for people hiking uphill, but it was no big deal.

    There are a lot of places to camp up top that are established. Many of them have fire pits. DON'T USE THEM. CAMPIRES ARE PROHIBITED. There are numerous signs to remind you. That being said, they shield the wind very well for little camp stoves.

    If you want to spend time here with some privacy, your best bet is to come on a weekday and spend the night. Most people bugger off before sunset and it's so still and quiet in the early morning. It was incredible.

    Stuff I saw: Lots of flowers, some moose, mosquitoes by the lake, and happy fish jumping all over to eat said mosquitoes.

    Becky Pennock completed Lake Blanche Trail

    5 months ago

    Becky Pennock reviewed Bald Mountain to Great Western Trail

    5 months ago

    SO MANY FLOWERS. It's really great up there right now (June 16). Hike has variety of shade/trees and open panoramic views. Good mix of uphill/downhill both ways.

    This would be a great trail for mountain biking too. Not many people on it.

    Becky Pennock completed Lake Mary Trail

    5 months ago

    Becky Pennock completed Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

    6 months ago

    Becky Pennock completed Three Sisters

    6 months ago

    Becky Pennock reviewed The Goblin's Lair

    6 months ago

    Very satisfying hike. Going inside the cavern is easy. Take 2 sources of light if you want to go deeper in the crawlspace under the cavern. Don't do this if there's any chance of rain. That's where the rain water goes, you'll pretty much die. :)

    Becky Pennock reviewed Little Wild Horse Bell Canyon Trail

    6 months ago

    Little Wild Horse has water sections, deepest goes to your belly button. I stemmed 2/3 of them.

    Get started early, beat the heat and the yammering kids. :)

    Becky Pennock reviewed Emigration Canyon Miners Trail

    7 months ago

    April 29th. No mud on the trails until you get to the upper portion. It's shaded, so there is some snow, but it's packed to ice mostly with a little mud on the side. There were three stretches of ice and that was it.

    I expect any snow or ice on the trail will be gone in a few weeks. It's pretty and green up there. Went to Ruth's diner down the road after the hike.

    Becky Pennock reviewed Avenue Twin Peaks

    7 months ago

    Lovely trail, so close to home but when you get up there, you feel so far away. Perfect for dog walking. The upper route also has a lot less mountain bike traffic.

    No snow, no mud. The ridge can get windy.

    Becky Pennock saved Avenue Twin Peaks

    7 months ago

    Becky Pennock completed Avenue Twin Peaks

    7 months ago

    Becky Pennock reviewed Willow Heights Trail

    7 months ago

    Mid April, 3ft snow, but trail is fairly packed. I recommend micro spikes to help with the slick inclines near the start. Also, wear boots. If you don't have snowshoes, you'll do a few snow lunges, particularly near the lake. Snowshoes will get in the way at the start, but would help the lake area be more enjoyable.

    Becky Pennock completed Willow Heights Trail

    7 months ago

    Becky Pennock completed Little Mountain Trail

    8 months ago

    Becky Pennock completed Neff's Canyon Loop

    8 months ago

    Becky Pennock added Capitol Reef

    8 months ago

    Becky Pennock reviewed Darby Canyon Wind Cave Trail

    about 1 year ago

    ++Ice Cave to Wind Cave++
    Been going to the Wind Cave since I was a kid. There's an ice entrance to the cave 1 mile east of the Wind Cave entrance. Multiple ice waterfalls, goes pretty deep, and you come out the Wind cave. You'll need ropes, harnesses, crampons (ice waterfalls get SLICK), ice picks, warm clothes, and someone who's been there (with a map). It can get labyrinthine right in the middle, getting stuck figuring out where to go is bad, especially with the ice. Cave warms up the closer you get to the wind entrance (or in this case, exit), but the wind picks up too. If you have a wetsuit or wetsuit bottoms, those are handy to cross the aptly named Crotch Lake. You don't want to try punching through the cave system all the way until the ice plug has melted (a small choke point at the base of the largest ice waterfall, only clear during the warmest months of the year).

    ++ Wind Cave, in and out ++
    You'll need a helmet. Bike helmets are fine, duct tape a headlamp to the top. Always keep 3 working sources of light on you (even if you're not using them all). One time I was in this cave and I had 2 lights fail while we were a ways in and had to carry a flashlight in my mouth to see. Glad I had it.

    The floor is made of sharper rocks. Other caves, I'd say knee pads are optional, but this cave you want at least one. Gloves, long sleeved shirt (whicking material is best), long pants are all the rest that you need to have a good safe time. If you're going in, I'd recommend groups no larger than 4. The entrance is windy because the cave gets quite small at the start, which channels all the air. Tight space means slower moving, wind means drop in body temperature.

    There's a pit that you'll reach in the cave with anchors for ropes. Crossing the pit is fun. You can tie a rope spanning it to speed things up on the way out. Bring harnesses for safety, the pit can be wet. I've freehanded it, but looking back, that was rather stupid. After the pit, is a section I call the Labarynth. Have a system to mark the way out as you go in so you don't get turned around too bad. This area is fun, you'll find offshoots that have more delicate formations. If in doubt, listen for the river. Follow the river out.

    ++ General Notes ++
    I find cave expeditions work out best here when you backpack in. There are a number of sites established at the base of the cave slope, all with reasonable access to water.

    Bear country, of course. Bring a bear bag, be responsible. I've seen bears up here multiple times.

    Don't piss/shit in the cave. There's very little to break that down. One time, in the wind cave, I thought i discovered some kind of miracle of life. A tiny delicate mushroom on a rock. Then i realized the rock was covered in a brown liquid. It was a shit mushroom. :( Take an empty gatorade bottle and pack your shit/piss out. I named mine Mr. Peabody. Worked like a charm.

    Becky Pennock completed Donut Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Becky Pennock added Zion

    over 1 year ago

    Becky Pennock completed Cecret Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Becky Pennock completed Ruth Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Becky Pennock completed Lofty Lake Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Becky Pennock completed Bald Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Becky Pennock completed Weeping Rock Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Becky Pennock completed Angels Landing Trail

    over 2 years ago