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    Rat Waffles added ToDo

    25 days ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed White Rock Trail

    29 days ago

    My son was out of school today, so I took the day off work and went hiking. We didn't see a single person on the trail today, but usually there are some walkers and quite a few dirt bikes. Was great weather and a quiet walk.

    Rat Waffles updated White Rock Trail

    29 days ago

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    about 1 month ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Wind Cave Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I've wanted to do this one for a while, and finally made it up today with a few friends. The trail is relatively steep, but well marked. I really enjoyed the hike; one of the best in northern Utah in my opinion. A brisk fall day might have contributed to how much I enjoyed it, because we had the cave all to ourselves.

    Rat Waffles completed Wind Cave Trail

    about 1 month ago

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    Rat Waffles reviewed Willard & Ben Lomond Peaks Via Willard Basin

    about 1 month ago

    I only went from Inspiration Point (Willard Mountain) to Willard Peak. You can approach the peak from two different directions. The first route is the trail that goes up to the ridge and then bends to the left, following the ridge up to the peak. There is some scrambling, and the last stretch you have dropoffs on either side. It is the shorter route.

    If you summit from the Ben Lomond side, it is quite a bit easier, but there doesn't appear to be a trail for the last bit. From Inspiration Point, take the second closest trail to Willard Peak (the closest trail is the shortest route described above). The other two trails stay lower, and provide a direct route to Ben Lomond. Once you pass the peak, you can look up and see a couple grassy saddles. Cut up these until you get the ridge, and then turn back to the north for a gradual climb to the peak.

    Rat Waffles reviewed Skull Crack Trail

    2 months ago

    Easy 5 miler that is much more crowded in Autumn. Hiking this one on a Sunday afternoon during peak season for the Kokanee Salmon spawn, we were coming across other hikers on the single track trail every 1-2 minutes, and you have to step aside since the trail isn't wide enough for two people. This appears to be a bike-able single track, but please don't bike it in the fall - there just isn't enough time for people to move out of the way, and bikers aren't able to get out of the way themselves.

    The trail is relatively easy. There is an incline at the beginning of both sides of the trail, with a higher section through open meadow at the top. If you hike a few times a year, you should be able to do it without any problems or any breaks. There were numerous children and older folks in poor health on the trail, so it should be accessible for anyone that can walk unassisted.

    If you're here to see the Kokanee Salmon spawn, that is a yearly event during September. The times change. I've heard that it is typically in the second week of September. Of the three times I've been, I've seen single fish once, small groups of fish once (this time), and then the third time they were so thick that you couldn't help but step on them if you kayaked in. This visit seemed a bit late, as there were quit a few dead fish near where the stream emptied into the lake.

    Rat Waffles reviewed Minnetonka Cave

    3 months ago

    Pretty cool cave. The groups are large enough that if you get in the back of the group, you have no idea what the guide is saying, and everything is said about a particular feature before you even get close enough to see what they're talking about. But I enjoyed just looking around and seeing it, even though I didn't hear the guide's interpretation and history. Would recommend this one as part of a Bear Lake trip, but no more than Bloomington Lake or Paris Ice Cave. There's enough to do up here that once is enough.

    Rat Waffles completed Minnetonka Cave

    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Historic Orchard Pathway

    3 months ago

    Road down 200 West and the paved non-motorized portion of the trail as part of a morning bike ride. Not much to see here, but it is a great place for your morning exercise. Path was in great condition, and there is a fairly even dirt shoulder where several people were jogging as well.

    Rat Waffles added Willard Fin

    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Willard Fin

    3 months ago

    Fantastic views from the top of this peak, although it was pretty hazy from all the wildfires. I've been starting at this rock out my window ever since I moved to Willard, and glad I finally made the trip up here. I was pleasantly surprised that part of the final leg was shady .

    Rat Waffles updated Willard Fin

    3 months ago

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    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles updated Willard Fin

    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Sheepherder Hill Trail

    3 months ago

    I brought two teenagers and four kids along this trail. We started on the west end, at the end of the Santaquin Meadows dispersed camping area, and walked in 2.5 miles before turning around. The trail is very soft, but the elevation change on the west half is fairly minimal. Two of the kids were convinced they were going to die, but I thought the trail was very easy and never got winded. We did pass a few dirt bikers, but I wouldn't want to mountain bike this one - the trail is so soft that you're practically in sand the entire way and someone with my limited biking skill would get bogged down. It was a fairly easy hike though, and large sections of it were shady.

    Rat Waffles completed Sheepherder Hill Trail

    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Santaquin Meadows Trail

    3 months ago

    Santaquin Meadows is a dirt road with dispersed camping. It leads to a trailhead marked "Sheepherder". A few hundred feet up the hill from the trailhead, the trail splits with a faint trail heading west to dry mountain, and a much more traveled trail heading right. This trail to the right is Trails 90 and 99, both of which go several miles before intersecting with Nebo Loop. Trail 90 is Sheepherder Hill, but I'm not sure the name of 99.

    The recommended route on this trail is the dirt road, which is passable with a passenger vehicle. None of the trails in the area appear to be named "Santaquin Meadows", but I drove this one on the way to the trailhead so I guess I've been on it...

    Rat Waffles completed Santaquin Meadows Trail

    3 months ago

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    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles updated Willard Walking Path

    3 months ago

    Rat Waffles reviewed Henrys Fork-Box Canyon

    4 months ago

    Nice easy trail. The river is fairly calm this stretch, and the trail offers overlooks and a few areas of river access. I only saw one other person on the trail, but parts of it skirt around a campground so there was a lot of noise and generator smells for that section. The rest the hike was very pleasant and easy. Good for walking, running, or biking.

    Rat Waffles reviewed Cave Falls to Bechler Falls

    4 months ago

    It was a long bumpy ride out here and my map guidance told me the trailhead was right at the border - just keep following the main road, and eventually you'll get there. Cave falls has a lower loop parking area where you can get right underneath the falls, and then an upper parking area with toilets and a picnic table. You can get to the trail from either location, although the upper area has marked parking so is probably a safer option. The trail is well marked and maintained, and my kids enjoyed the hike.