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There was enough snow in the upper vale to make carrying the snow shoes worthwhile, crisscrossing over shallow streams and amongst the smothered boulders. Lots of little trees and awe inspiring views, from the spectacular ice falls to the crown of jagged peaks, and all the majesty of royal blue against the wintry white, black cliffs, evergreens, pussy willows, and rusty escarpments. A glorious morn!

scenic driving
1 day ago

Good snow as mentioned the trail is well packed and snowshoes are only necessary until you get close to the top. If you keep going past where everyone stops you are rewarded with fresh knee deep powder. At least until it get tracked out

on Broads Fork Trail

2 days ago

Hiked 90% in just snow boots, but should have put my snowshoes on earlier near the top. Started sinking and sliding a lot. First time in the snow for me - Much harder in the deep snow than on summer dirt. So beautiful at the bowls and pond!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful Hike! Wear layers. MicroSpikes are very very very helpful. Allow 2-3 hours to get to the top. Lake frozen, but Sundial Peak dominates the scenery. Totally worth it!

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike today, needed micro spikes after the bridge for the rest of the way up it was a bit icy. Towards the top the snow gets a little thicker, just stay on the trail it’s pretty well packed. All and all great work out about a med-hard steep but manageable.

Hiked up in normal hiking shoes, but snow cleats would have been a better choice. This trail is so lovely even in the winter!

on Broads Fork Trail

21 days ago

This is a beautuful trail. It's steep most of the way, there are no switch backs. It's about 5 mike's round trip. You need microspikes at this time, the snow is nicely packed with some slippery areas. I'd say it's a little tougher than moderate not too crazy hard because it's not super long.

Amazing hike! Went yesterday and trail was easily visible. Wore snow traction cleats and didn’t have a problem hiking to the end.

The trail was so beautiful today. We hiked up then missile shedded down.

Hiked on 1/27/18 without snowshoes, should have had them for the last 1/4 mile, I started post-hole-ing with my boots. It was rough, but still fun. Great hike! 2:12:00 round trip. Def gonna hike it again in the spring. It’s was med-hard (in snow) the 2nd half, but doable. Enjoy!

on Stairs Gulch Trail

25 days ago

Beautiful. It's more of a moderate trail than a hard one. It is beautuful, irregardless.

beautiful hike pretty intense!

I did this trail in November of 2016 when I visited SLC and it still remains my favorite hike of all time...didn’t have the proper shoes at all and it took me around 4.5 hours but still best hike I’ve ever done

hiking
1 month ago

It was pretty slippery in spots today but I saw plenty of people in regular shoes navigating just fine. I'm pretty sure I would have died without my crampons, boots and poles but I'm a total amateur. Really pretty today. I saw some people sledding back down in little seats.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't make it quite to the lake because a storm started rolling in, but man was it pretty. it was slick in some spots, but I didn't even wear snow boots and did fine on most of it.

hiking
1 month ago

packed with snow, ice cleats are a good idea but slip resistant snow boots worked fine today.

on Lake Blanche Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Yes! Easy access to the trailhead, which has restrooms! The ascent was taxing, but the beauty surrounds you from the beginning: Cottonwood Creek, the jagged cliffs the SW, and SLC in the distance. Lake Blanche appears to be an old reservoir, as the dam holding it back looks made of stone (there was snow everywhere so I couldn't quite determine). Lots of picturesque snacking spots by the lake, all with sweet views of SLC (inversion was absent on the day we went). Highly recommend!

Beautiful trail! Microspikes are necessary right now especially on the steeper inclines. Took me 4 hrs round trip and I haven’t been hiking in months so a very doable trail.

on Lake Blanche Trail

1 month ago

Amazing trail. It's a moderate-hard trail because of steep inclines at certain points. Took me four hours round trip. A lot of icy patches as you get closer to the lake. Need yak tracks now due to snow. Saw three moose by the stream too.

icy right now on trail, post holing around the lake

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