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    David Hardy reviewed Ensign Ridge Trail

    10 months ago

    Still my go-to trail run/power hike two or three times a week (even in the winter). Incredible uphill workout - beautiful 360 degree vistas. Not much trafficked so a good place for solitude. Many variations once you get to the top and coming back down.

    David Hardy saved Ensign Ridge Trail

    10 months ago

    David Hardy reviewed Little Black Mountain

    about 1 year ago

    I like this trail because it's largely runnable until the final climb up Little Black (then it's a great leg-burner). Wonderful 360 degree panoramic view from the top. I've run the Wasatch 100 and you can see from Francis Peak (mile 14) to Point Supreme (Sunset Peak above Brighton mile 78). Did it mid-day and it was unrelentingly exposed & hot - needed lots of water.

    David Hardy reviewed Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Another one of my favorite Wasatch trails. Largely runnable trail up through pines and aspens with a few steep climbs. Incredible wildflowers. You can stop at Desolation Lake, or continue up onto the Wasatch Crest trail and take ridge trail all the way to Brighton at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon (so long as you've got a way to get back down to your car at Mill D). You have to listen and watch for descending bikers coming fast around corners. I love the upper meadows as you get near Desolation Lake.

    David Hardy reviewed Upper Big Water

    about 1 year ago

    Probably my favorite Wasatch trail - you can do this portion just up to Dog Lake, or go on from there to Desolation Lake - that's what I just did (this is part of the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run that I did several times in the early 90's). Good trail, runnable in many sections, beautiful vistas of the Wasatch ranges separating Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon on the newly cut trail from Dog Lake to Desolation (take the left fork just out of Dog Lake - bypassing the dive down to the Mill D trail and the climb back up again). Incredible wildflowers. A stellar afternoon.

    David Hardy reviewed Lake Catherine Via Brighton Lakes Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Classic Wasatch trail with stunning views and wildflowers. Can be pretty heavily trafficked on the weekends during the summer. This is the trail out of Brighton at mile 75 of the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run, so it was always a welcome friend. Trail up from Lake Martha to Lake Catherine is wide, smooth, and not very steep - so it's fun to run down. In the summer I'd leave a fishing pole hidden up at Lake Catherine and enjoy a break there.

    David Hardy reviewed Avenue Twin Peaks

    about 1 year ago

    Uphill hike from Terrace Hills Drive trailhead up to the ridge trail - then easy trail with a couple of steep uphills on the ridge on the way out to Avenues Twin Peaks. Beautiful view of the entire valley from the second peak. Exposed so take water. Nice in winter too - just wear gaiters.

    David Hardy completed Avenue Twin Peaks

    about 1 year ago

    David Hardy reviewed Ensign Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Another of my favorite SLC trails. When I used to work in downtown SLC, I'd often do this one during lunchtime (OK, long 90 minute lunchtimes). Exposed (take water) and can be steep in places (another plug for trail running shoes with a beefy tread - Hoka Challenger or Saucony Peregrine). I loved this in the wintertime too, even with deep snow - I just put gaiters on - bounding down the ridges descending with the snow covering and cushioning the rocks was almost like flying.

    David Hardy completed Ensign Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    David Hardy reviewed Neffs Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I took the south trail to the right at the rope swing heading up a rocky trail - slightly steeper climb, fewer people, no bikes (the trail is too rocky) - sweet solitude - beautiful transitions thru the lower deciduous trees to tall pines. One of my favorite trails.

    David Hardy completed Neffs Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    David Hardy reviewed Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face)

    about 1 year ago

    This is not the forested and most scenic route up Grandeur Peak - this is the gnarly one for a great workout. Straight up, steep, challenging, exposed - some great views of the valley. If you want a high cardio experience that will really work all your leg muscles (front and back) - this is your hike. Because of the straight up steep ascent and straight down descent that can sometimes be slippery on little rocks and shale pieces, make sure you have trail running shoes that have a good gripping tread (I've found Hoka Challenger and Saucony Peregrine have the best treads for gripping) - and make sure you take two bottles of water. I like this trail.

    David Hardy completed Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face)

    about 1 year ago

    David Hardy reviewed Jacks Mountain

    about 1 year ago

    I used to hike this mountain in the 80's. I'm now 64 and this was my first time back up in 29 years. Steep, fast climb and worth every step. Found the memorial to little Jack Edwards on top and it added a whole new dimension to this hike. I buried a time capsule on the summit with my kids in 1989 but couldn't find it. I love this hike!

    David Hardy completed Jacks Mountain

    about 1 year ago

    David Hardy saved Jacks Mountain

    about 1 year ago