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    Ripley & Me completed Dorst / Lost Grove Trail

    12 months ago

    Ripley & Me saved Mill B North Fork Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ripley & Me saved Owen's Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Ripley & Me saved Cecret Lake Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Upper Big Water

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Brighton Lakes Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Bells Canyon Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Lake Mary Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Lukens Lake

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me saved Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me completed Donut Falls Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me completed Big Water Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Little Water Trail (Millcreek)

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me completed Dog Lake Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me reviewed Little Water Trail (Millcreek)

    almost 6 years ago

    I came down this trail today. Glad I didn't go up! It is a bit steep with lots of loose rock, gravel. This would be a good trail for those who need to tone up!

    Ripley & Me completed Little Water Trail (Millcreek)

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me reviewed Sessions Canyon

    almost 6 years ago

    In nature, water flows downhill.

    And so, this trail goes up, and up, and up!

    I wanted to do this trail again as the first time I attempted to tackle this canyon it was too hot and late in the day.

    Today, I was on the trail at 9 AM the morning after a rain. The air was clean and the aroma from the dirt, trees and fauna were very prevalent. I was making much better time heading up the canyon than I did several weeks ago. So far the trail wasn't too bad, but it continues to go up!

    While hiking along the trail the soothing sounds of water rushing down the mountain accompany the hiker for miles. The creek becomes part of the hiking experience as the trail crosses it several times, some of the crossings are sturdy foot bridges while others are rocks or fallen trees.

    A good pair of sturdy yet comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

    The trail rises and falls with the landscape of the mountains.

    For the most part the trail is shaded by large pine and aspen trees. Some parts are exposed to the full force of the sun but those spots are brief and mainly toward the beginning of the hike.

    If hiking doesn't sound like much fun take a horse. This trail is open to horseback riding, but closed to motorcycles and ATVs. Every so often there are flat spots where people have built small fire rings for an evening outing or an overnight camp out. I counted 11 such camping areas. Be sure to check with the local forest service before lighting a fire in the canyon, because during the hot summer months it could be illegal.

    This trail is moderate to strenuous in difficulty, probably not the best place to take young children especially since crossing the stream can be rather dangerous for youngsters.

    Also a tip to make hiking this trail a better experience take a friend along. One it's safer that way, and two it's always better to experience the beauty of the great outdoors with a friend.

    This is a fairly nice trail, although I will not do it again. The canyon is a bit confining, very few places where you can see the forest through all the trees. Also, I found this trail a bit more demanding on this old body than I would like. The constant grind of going uphill with no visible end in sight wasn't any fun! I finally turned around when the trail became overgrown and difficult to follow.

    Ripley & Me reviewed Upper Big Water

    almost 6 years ago

    Length: 6 miles round trip
    Elevation Gain: 1200 ft
    Highest Elevation: 8,780 ft
    Trailhead: 9 miles into Mill Creek Canyon, designated as "Big Water" trailhead

    There are actually several lakes named Dog Lake in Utah. There are even two in the Wasatch. But the Dog Lake of this article is the one where actual dogs are allowed to visit.

    This trail has several trailheads, both in Big Cottonwood Canyon and also in MillCreek Canyon. The Big Cottonwood side is for people only, the Mill Creek side allows other critters. It is a popular hike for various modes of travel (hiking, biking and horseback riding), and is also dog-friendly.

    You will have company on this trail, but if you are a dog lover, it will be fun to meet all the friendly four-legged hikers as you stroll up the trail. If you are one of the lucky ones who can bring your canine friends, please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after them. There are plastic bags provided at the beginning of the trail for scooping up the treasures your little ones leave behind.

    The hike is a a little longer than the others in the "easy" category, but the grade is an easy one which makes the three miles up not seem so long, and watching the dogs frolic in the lake, catching sticks and chasing each other around is an amusing site for the weary traveller. Take a seat on the shores and watch the dogs for awhile while you rest and prepare for the journey back down the mountain.

    Today, I took the Big Water trail, which is longer but has a gentler slope.

    For those of you who would like a nice hike, this is definitely one to consider. That goes double if you want to hike with your dog. I saw people at all different levels of fitness on the trail. It took us around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the lake. Obviously, it takes longer if you go slower or stop more. But it really is a fairly easy hike.

    Two tips: First, if it's hot, be sure to take enough water for you and your dog. Second, if you're taking a dog, go on an odd-numbered day. Dogs can be off-leash on odd-numbered days, and bike are allowed on the trail only on even-numbered days.

    I realized that when I hike normally, I don't spend a whole lot of time at the destination. Today was a bit different. And the dogs loved it!

    On the way back, we took a slightly different route near the bottom that took us to the upper parking lot. I then walked a short distance down the road to my car.

    Ripley & Me completed Upper Big Water to Dog Lake

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me added Upper Big Water

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Sheep Creek Trail / Don Cecil Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Zion National Park

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Angels Landing

    almost 6 years ago

    Ripley & Me updated Angels Landing

    almost 6 years ago