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    Meredith C reviewed Porter Fork Trail

    about 1 year ago

    9.5.2017 | 30lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Bug Repellent

    This trail should be split into the road portion and the actual hiking portion. The majority of reviews (and even my first experience) are about walking the 1.5-mile paved road. The trail to the pass is another 2 miles, making this a 7-mile round-trip affair.

    The actual trail starts by crossing a river (or dry ravine depending on season) and continues through forest and beautiful aspen groves. Eventually, you emerge into overgrown basin meadows with striking cliff views (long pants and bug repellent here)! The trail eventually connects with Desolation Trail and that will lead you up to the pass.

    Unfortunately, the air was smoggy/smokey so views weren't as good as they could've been but I was glad to have finallly seen this trail in all its glory. I believe you can follow the ridgeline to Mt Raymond which I will definitely go back to attempt.

    This is a hard trail (made harder by my pack) and my GSD and I were absolutely beat by the end of it. Take plenty of water as there's no access after the initial river crossing and enjoy something a little different!

    Meredith C reviewed Deseret Peak

    about 1 year ago

    9.2.2017 | 30lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Trekking Poles

    This is a tough, exposed hike (definitely made harder by my heavy pack). You cross a river at the beginning but the majority of the hike is dry so plan ahead! My GSD and I drank all 6L packed.

    After you cross the river the trail will fork. Left leads to Desert Peak, right leads to South Willow Lake.

    The trail varies from forested to meadow to exposed rocky desert which kept it interesting and I suggest long pants for the overgrowth. Unfortunately, the air was smoggy/smokey so the views overlooking Salt Lake Valley on the way up and even the 360 views from the summit weren't as grand as they could've been. We passed a few people and a family with 4 young girls who all made it to the peak which I found very impressive considering the steepness and midday heat.

    Once you reach the ridge, there are a few trails you can follow which entices me to come back and explore. I was bummed that we couldn't figure out where the loop was so we went down the same way. Trekking poles on the way down were really nice as some spots are steep and slippery but you'd survive without them.

    All in all, this is a beautiful desert hike that I look forward to doing again in clear air!

    Meredith C completed Deseret Peak

    about 1 year ago

    Meredith C reviewed Mount Nebo North Trail

    over 1 year ago

    7.29.2017 | 25lb backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen, Long Pants, Trekking Poles

    This was our first time exploring Mt Nebo and holy smokes it's strenuous! This isn't an exceptionally long hike but due to the elevation gain and steep peaks, it's easily an all day trip. If you're carrying a light pack or hike quickly, a 1/2 day would be sufficient. I suggest long pants for the meadow portions as the trail is narrow and lined with thick (and thorny) bushes.

    Once you emerge from the brush, the ridgeline is exposed and has sweeping 360 views. The majority of our packed 6L water was consumed while on the ridge. The steepest part of the trail is summiting the false and actual peak and trekking poles were a must-have for the way down. Loose shale covers the ridges making them slippery, so a lot of people climbed up using their hands and scooched down on their butts.

    The most important advice I can give is *STAY ON THE RIDGE!* Stay to the high points, follow the ridge and do not be fooled into thinking the trail goes to either side (hello cliffs)! I got my GSD and I into a life threatening situation by not following the ridge. The trail loses itself quite a few times to the peak but stay high and make it alive.

    Overall, a beautiful and grandiose hike that is worth doing once! Just make sure you're prepared, seriously!

    Meredith C reviewed Black Elk Peak South Dakota Highpoint Trail

    over 1 year ago

    7.22.2017 | 15lb Backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen

    Visited from Utah and thoroughly enjoyed this hike! Moderate is a fair description as it's enough to get you breathing heavy but not overwhelming to the point you're exhausted. Compared to some Utah hikes, pretty easy and little elevation gain. The views are beautiful and it's worth hanging around the peak to take it all in. (Note that the tower IS the peak).

    When hiking up, you'll branch off the main trail to head toward the peak. Trail #9 continues below the peak (to who knows where) and there's a sign that says it's no longer part of the Sylvan Lake Trail. If you make it to this sign, you've gone too far and need to turn back. This was the only portion of the trail that was confusing--signage was good overall. We took trail #9 up and trail #4 down and felt those were the best choices for the views! #9 offers sweeping views and glimpses of the tower. #4 is less crowded and more alpine-esk with better views of the needles. There are photo opportunities everywhere and felt it was a great way to enjoy South Dakota.

    Sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is highly recommended!

    Meredith C reviewed Day Lake and Stansbury Crest Trail to South Willow Lake

    over 1 year ago

    6.24.2017 | 20lb Backpack | Recommend: Sunscreen and Water Shoes

    This trail has multiple river crossings, fallen logs and beautiful scenery which makes it a fun one to hike! It's moderate but exposed so I highly recommend sun protection. The glimpses of the valley are beautiful but the shining features are massive rocks and Willow Lake.

    The trail doesn't have much signage or cairns to help you navigate forks, so having a map handy is helpful. Trail is narrow and overgrown in places so watch your step. I stepped one foot close enough to the edge that the soil broke causing me to fall.

    There were more people in the canyon and on the trail than expected, but my GSD and I had a blast and are looking forward to exploring this area some more!

    Meredith C reviewed Dry Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    5.21.2017 | 10lb Backpack | Recommend: Trekking Poles

    I didn't even know this canyon existed until I heard about it through word of mouth. My GSD and I were happy to explore it even though it's strenuous!

    As previous people have said, there's a North fork and a South fork (no signage, you just have to notice it when you get there). I forked North on a rainy Sunday afternoon and met 3-4 people on the trail. There were plenty of deer out and saw quite a few birds as well. There are many criss-cross trails to explore and a great one toward the beginning that leads across the cliff to a beautiful valley overlook.

    As you might expect, the most rewarding part is reaching the top and standing in awe of Timp. At this point you can make your hike as long or as short as you want to by continuing to follow trails at the top or turning back. I would recommend poles on the way down, especially if it's raining since it gets slick!

    This is a canyon I can't stop thinking about and will return to for further exploration and peaceful enjoyment.

    Meredith C completed Dry Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meredith C reviewed Battle Creek Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    1.29.17 | 7lb Backpack
    Recommend: Snowshoes, Sunscreen

    I have never hiked this trail in winter so I wasn't sure what to expect. Started at Grove Creek Trailhead.

    I went on a sunny day, about a week after the last snowfall. The snow was fairly packed for most of the trail and I was able to hike without snowshoes. I slipped a few times (especially coming down) but it was manageable.

    I would recommend snowshoes and wish I'd had a pair (especially for some narrow sections), but if you're not the first on the trail, you should be okay!

    Meredith C completed Battle Creek Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Meredith C reviewed Mount Raymond Via Alexander Basin Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    9.10.2016 | 20lb Backpack

    This trail is HARD but beautiful. It can be broken into two sections--hike to Gobbler's Knob and then continuing to Mt Raymond. The trail to Gobbler's Knob is steep and passes through meadows which are gorgeous in summer. After reaching Gobbler's you continue South, dropping down into a saddle and back up to scramble/summit Mt Raymond.

    Note that the reason this hike is strenuous is due to the steepness and the fact that you hike up to Gobbler's, down/up to Mt Raymond, down/back up to Gobbler's and steep down to trail head. It's an exhausting trek but the views are so rewarding!

    My GSD and I drank every last drop of the 6L water packed and rested for lunch after Gobbler's.

    There's a variety of shade/exposure along the entire trail so be sure to wear sun protection and trekking poles would be amazing for the way down!

    Prepare to fight your way to the end but if I can do it, anyone can!

    Meredith C reviewed Grove Creek and Battle Creek Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    11.19.2016 | 15lb Backpack | Recommend Sunscreen

    My GSD and I completed the full loop from Grove Creek to Battle Creek and loved it! Indian Springs is a great place to take a breather and soak in the views but the best part is reaching the saddle. Timp is majestic! The Battle Creek side is rockier and steeper so it was slow going down--my least favorite part. This is a fairly strenuous hike (especially with a pack) and exposed so I highly recommend sun protection.

    There were a lot of people hiking up Grove Creek to the falls and I met a few people on the way down Battle Creek but there wasn't a soul in the saddle which enhanced my experience. It was an absolutely stunning, peaceful hike that I hope to do again next year.

    Meredith C reviewed Grove Creek and Battle Creek Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    11.12.2016 | 15lb Backpack

    For a Saturday, the Grove Creek trail was busy but not overwhelming. My GSD and I made it to the falls which is a decent climb but not too far from the trailhead. There are lots of cross trails, so be sure to have a map or ask someone for directions! You'll start by heading East into the canyon, switchback to the face of the mountain overlooking PG and then cut East again.

    There are definitely some narrow sections but nothing too intimidating. Just be sure you're paying attention to your feet on the way down as the rocks can be slippery.

    Apparently after the falls you cross a bridge and move from rocky/scrubby terrain to meadow/pine tree terrain which sounds like nice variety. I really enjoyed the valley views on the way down and definitely want to come back to complete the loop.

    Overall it's peaceful, beautiful and a good leg burner!

    Meredith C reviewed Yellow Fork Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    11.5.2016 | 15lb Backpack

    This is called Yellow Fork Canyon and Rose Canyon. It's a beautiful area with lots of exploration opportunities as multiple trails branch from the main road. It can make following one track confusing but is great if you want to wander. So while we intended to follow the loop, we found ourselves on top of the mountain.

    It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon so there were a number of people in the parking lot but once we got out and off the main road it wasn't busy. Lots of horseback riding here which is a nice change from other canyons but also made me more aware of my dog and his reactions.

    People come here to shoot, horseback ride, hike and walk with kids. It's a great, versatile canyon and I definitely want to explore more!

    Meredith C completed Yellow Fork Canyon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Meredith C reviewed Mount Aire Trail

    about 2 years ago

    10.31.16 | 15lb Backpack | 4-6:30pm Round-trip

    A beautiful Halloween hike with my GSD before the upper portion of the canyon closes Nov. 1st. This is definitely steep but we enjoyed the variety of crossing bridges, climbing over fallen trees and the changing views. It was a cool 40-50 degrees but you warm up quickly as it's steep (and the heavy pack had me sweating). It was muddy and slippery due to melted snow so grippy shoes are helpful this time of year.

    I wouldn't say it's the most spectacular views but a nice change of pace to the typical West facing views overlooking Salt Lake Valley. We'll do it again!

    Meredith C completed Mount Aire Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Meredith C reviewed Squaw Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    8.7.2016 | 1:00-6:15PM Round Trip | Carrying 15lb backpack
    Must Have: Water, Sunscreen

    We started this in the mid-day heat of a Sunday afternoon and the canyon floor was HOT! 1 mile up you'll reach a drinking fountain and cross the stream multiple times which my GSD loved! You won't have water opportunities past the canyon floor so make sure you take enough. We drank 4L of the 6L packed and it took us about 3.5 hours to reach the top.

    I agree with previous reviewers that this can be broken into 3 sections. The shaded part was heavenly for mid-day hiking but you'll definitely want sunscreen for the exposed canyon floor and peak.

    The peak is gorgeous and absolutely worth the agony. This would be primo for sunset views. Definitely do this hike!

    Meredith C completed Squaw Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Meredith C added Squaw Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago