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  • Event Date:
    Jul 22, 2017
  • Secure Zones: 5191
  • Registration: /Outdoor_Recreation/Adventure_Club/Signup
  • Membership: Outdoor Adventure Club
  • Location: 6200 So. Wasatch Blvd,
    UTA Park n Ride, Cottonwood Heights
  • Time:7:30 AM
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  • Disclaimer: I agree to participate at my own risk. I agree not to hold Live and Thrive LLC, Sheryl McGlochlin, her assistants, or affiliates responsible or liable for my safety. I understand that hiking can be potentially dangerous and/or strenuous at times. I agree to go at a pace I am comfortable with and will let Sheryl know about any concerns I have regarding this hiking outing. I agree to inform Sheryl and/or her assistants if I don't feel comfortable or safe with this outing.  I agree to stay with the group and abide by Sheryl's guidelines for my own safety and protection.  I understand that consulting my physician is strongly recommended if I am new to this sport or have been inactive in the past. If I am new to Sheryl's group, I agree to attend a pre-hiking orientation, held prior to each hike, in the parking lot where we gather.  I understand I may choose to do a shorter hike if I prefer. I will communicate privately with Sheryl in person during this pre-hike orientation and discuss any concerns I have. In addition I may contact Sheryl via email at sheryl@liveandthrive.com or call/text at 801-278-5313 if needed.
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Welcome to our Summer Hiking Season! 

This loop hike is a definitely favorite of mine AND the wildflowers are a huge bonus right now!  Whether you choose a shorter option or not, you'll see plenty of beautiful wildflowers!  NOTE:  Do NOT pick any wildflowers.  Not cool and it's illegal.

At our 6200 South meeting place at 7:30 AM,  I'll answer questions and go over the 4 options for today's hike. Be thinking about which one you want. It really just means there are several places you can hike to before turning around.  However, once you hike past Dog Lake, you should plan to do one of the LOOP HIKES and will be more committed. 

Plenty of hikers so no one needs to hike alone!  More hikers than what you see here.

Please know that I always build an easier, shorter option in for those who want that and today is no exception. 

Todays hike if you go the full length will be around 8 - 9 miles long.

On the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon we'll drop a few shuttle cars at Butler Fork for some of our hikers for the loop options. We'll then continue driving 1 mile further to the Cabin entrance of Mill D North which is where we all will start hiking.  

EVERYONE will start at the same place - near the SPRUCES Campground, walk across the canyon road and hike up thru a few cabins. 


1st, EASIEST: Stop at or before the SIGN POST at the Intersection of Mill B North/Desolation Lake/Dog Lake. Turn around and head back.  3 - 4 miles RT. out and back

2nd option:  Continue hiking to Dog Lake (approx. 1/2 mile further which includes more elevation gain). Turn around here and head back. Approx. 4 - 5 miles RT.  Out and Back

3rd option:  Continue hiking on a trail located on the southwest side of Dog Lake which heads WEST toward Mill A Basin.  Approx. 1/4 mile you'll arrive at another intersection and plan to head down into the basin which will drop you down into Butler Fork Trailhead, where we dropped some cars. You'll either need to walk back on the road to our cars near the spruces OR make sure we drop a car for those who want this option.  5 - 6 mile - shorter one-way loop hike

4th and longest/hardest option:   Stay on the trail that skirts around Gobblers Knob for another 2 miles until you finally come to Circle All Peak turnoff (option: short detour to this little peak) THEN FINALLY start to descend a steeper shorter trail which heads back to the shuttle cars at Butler Fork. Those who choose this last harder option should be able to be moving at a good pace in order to be off the trail before 1 PM.  If you have time restrictions or are struggling with any of the other options, do not choose this last option since you may be left behind if the group is hiking fast.  You'll know if this hike is right for you before you get to this 4th option.  7 - 9 mile - longer one-way loop hike

All other options EXCEPT the 4th option should be off the trail by 11:30 AM. 


NEW SUMMER HIKING TIMELINE: (Saturday hikes only) 

7:30 AM - Start gathering, greet hikers, arrange carpools, announcements, final instructions for the hike, etc.

8 AM - Leave for the trail

8:20 AM - Arrive at trail and start hiking 

11:30 AM - Off the trail 

Hiking details are posted closer to the day of the hike. 

Due to conditions beyond my control (weather, road, canyon, trail or canyon races/events) I reserve the right to alter our hiking trail at the last minute. Those who meet us at our regular meeting place will know IF there are any last minute changes. If you do not meet us at our regular meeting place, text/call me prior to the outing so you know if anything has been changed.

WHERE to find us: Far south end of "6200 South Wasatch Blvd UTA park n ride" parking lot. Exact address is actually 6570 South Wasatch Blvd East.  Can find us? Call or text me, Sheryl, 801-278-5313

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Our hiking group is: 

Consistent: Plan on us every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We rarely cancel unless something catastrophic happens, which hasn't in 14 years of hiking. 

Variety: In addition to 200+ day hikes each year, we offer several other outdoor sports, activities and trips you are invited and encouraged to attend. Examples include: International adventure trips, weekend getaways, kayaking, canyoneering, stand up paddle surfing, camping, Dutch Oven cooking, snowshoeing, backpacking, hooping, sledding, trampoline jumping, yoga, gardening, etc.  Many of these are also offered as classes for those who have little to no experience.  A price is required for most of these. Pre-meetings are held for some of these.  All will be posted on this site OR my website at liveandthrive.com.

Accommodating: Come to any hike and talk with me in person or one of my assistants with any concerns you may have. We can help you customize every hike to fit your needs and abilities. 

Experienced: Leading hikes every week for 14 years (since Feb. 2003) has allowed me to become very familiar with many trails in the Wasatch Mountains.

Safe: Safety is always our #1 priority. 

Flexible:  Even though you are in a group, you'll have plenty of options. Be social or enjoy quiet solitude. Hike longer or shorter. Go fast or slow. Stop and take breaks or hike like a mountain goat!

Fun:  With incredible beauty in all directions and surrounded by great people we often forget about the great workout that comes with this sport. 

Addictive:  Warning, after coming a few times you may get hooked like the rest of us. 

Friendly: New hikers attend every week and receive a warm welcome. Thank you in advance for making an effort to join us. 

Caring: I look forward to meeting you in person and will help you have a great experience on the mountain.  We attract many kind, caring people. Come early if you are new.

Free:  No yearly membership fees required for any local hikes.  

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