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Winter/Spring Hiking: What to Bring

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, March 10, 2017

What to bring - MY Favorite things...

These are not all required, just some of my favorites.  You may acquire several items without spending much money. Keep it simple and plan ahead. I can also help you prepare when we meet in person.

You don't need all of the following items for every hike, so no worries. 

My goal is to help you 1) stay warm, dry and comfortable outdoors all winter long, regardless of the weather 2) get better acquainted with types of fabrics that are best to wear during the cold, wet months.

Money saving tip:  Once you get familiar with my favorite items, watch for these at outlets, closeouts, thrift stores, online garage sales/yard sales, etc. 

• Neck Gaiter - My favorite: Smart Wool gaiter

• Lotion - Utah is dry and my skin easily dries out!  My favorite: Cetaphil Lotion

• Top Thin Base Layer - My favorite: Helly Hansen Base Layer, any thin top with merino wool will be great!  Look for merino wool even at Thrift Stores for very little money.

• Balaclava (Face Mask) - My favorite: For excellent face protection.

• Warm Gloves/Mittens - My favorite: Swany, Toaster, combination glove/mitten and super warm and comfortable the ENTIRE time I am hiking, skiing, sledding, etc. 

• Hand/Toe/Body Warmers - My favorite: Wonder Warmers 

• Snowshoes* - Need a pair? I rent these - see below. My favorite: MSR Snowshoes

• Down Jacket for Skiing/Hiking - My favorite: Columbia Jacket

• Sunglasses - Definitely needed on sunny days

• Backpack - I carry a little bigger backpack to put snowshoes or my Zipfy Sled in

• Camera - 

• Water Bottle - Bring & drink water! To stay warm, drink hot water. My favorite: Hydro Flask or Mira Insulated Bottle

• Cell phone - Keep my contact info: Sheryl 801-278-5313, however cell phone coverage is not always available.

• Poles - Favorite place to buy poles: The Gear Room. I use the same $15 pair of poles for downhill skiing, year round hiking and snowshoeing

• Small Duffle Bag - Get in the habit of finding and storing an assortment of valuable winter clothing/gear in this duffle bag. 

• Hiking Shoes - My favorite: Keen for year round hiking.

• Traction while walking on ice/snow: My favorite: Kahtoola Micro Spikes*

• Socks - My favorite: Smart Wool, knee length

• Gators - For extra warmth and to keep snow out of your shoes or pants. Optional.

• Thermal Underwear - My favorite: Under Armour Base

• Hard Candy, Granola Bar, Fruit, etc. - Favorite Hard Candy: Werther's Original

• Shovel - My favorite: Voile Telepro Shovel

• Pants, Waterproof: My favorite:  Marmot Precip Pants

• Kleenex Tissues - For a nose that may not stop running!

• Lantern - My favorite: Inflatable Solar Chargeable Lantern 

• Soothing aches, pains and relaxing muscles AFTER a hike - My TWO favorites: Wonder Warmers AND hot bath with 2 cups of Epson Salt 

• Sledding - Favorite Sled:  Zipfy


Staying safe in the Outdoors over Labor Day OR anyway!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Click on theses links to learn more about being safe outdoors year round!


How to be safe while playing outdoors year round

5 survival tips for hiking in the wilderness

6 Ways to be prepared for an emergency



Being inactive may be worse than being overweight

Sheryl McGlochlin - Saturday, April 25, 2015



In a GREAT ARTICLE from the University of Utah, studies show the effects of being inactive and how you can change this so easily by doing a little hike OR better yet, go hiking with our group!  We are out there every week of the year - 3 times a week.

Utah Hiker's Dream - 5 years, 19,000 miles of hiking!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Join me as we watch a Utah Hiker follow his dream of hiking the Americas over the next 5 years!

Waterfalls in Utah

Sheryl McGlochlin - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Every spring, starting in late March, depending on the snow levels, I am eager to start exploring the many waterfalls in Utah.  

Since Utah is the 2nd driest state in the country, those of us who make Utah our home understand how beautiful and rare our waterfalls can be. 

Waterfalls in Utah may not always be as tall, wide or spectacular as waterfalls in Hawaii, for example, but they are exciting none the less! 

Those who hike with me in the spring will visit many different types of waterfalls.

They each have their own personality.

Waterfalls can be very romantic so hiking to a waterfall can be a fun creative date.

It's fun to discover the many waterfalls in Utah, so here is your bucket list!

Safety Tips:

  • Never climb on waterfalls
  • Accidents can happen easily around waterfalls so be alert and use common sense.
  • Especially be careful if children are with you and explain some basic rules to them before you go.
  • Use extra caution when other people are at the falls. 
  • Don't scramble up to the top of a waterfall.  I've seen people knock down rocks from above and injure people below. 
  • Unfortunately people have loosened rocks up above which can be deadly.
  • Most waterfalls are associated with spring run offs in canyon creeks which can be very deadly. 
  • Keep your distance from canyon creeks.
  • MORE SAFETY TIPS when hiking. This list was created in another state but all safety tips are applicable to Utah Hiking!


Waterfalls in Utah



Utah Falls




WATERFALLS in UTAH!!

Live and Thrive Blogspot Waterfalls



Waterfalls in Northern Utah

Richards Hollow - Logan Peak

Ogden Canyon - Ogden

Waterfall Canyon - Ogden

Adams Canyon - Lower waterfall - Kaysville

Adams Canyon Cascades - Kaysville

Adams Canyon - Upper Waterfall - Kaysville

Farmington Canyon - Upper Waterfall - Peterson

Farmington Canyon - Lower Waterfall - Peterson

Halfway Creek - Peterson

SLC area Waterfalls

Church Fork Upper Waterfall - Millcreek - Within 1/4 mile of the canyon road - easy to get to

Church Fork roadside Waterfall - Millcreek

Heughs Canyon

Lake Blanche Outlet - BCC - waterfall near the trailhead

Hidden Falls - BCC

Mineral Fork Cascade - BCC

Laurel Pines Spring - 

Silver Fork - BCC

Thunder Mountain - LCC

Coalpit Gulch  LCC

Lisa Falls  LCC

Hogum Fork  LCC

Maybird Gulch  LCC

Red Pine fork  LCC

Tanner Flat Campground - 2 Waterfalls -  LCC  #36, #37, #14

White Pine/Red Pine Fork  LCC - Falls within 1 mile of the trailhead at the parking lot - Easy

Peruvian Gulch  LCC

Gad Valley Trail  LCC

Alta Basin Meadows Trail, LCC

Bells Canyon lower falls

Rocky Mouth

Donut Falls - BCC

Stairs Gulch - BCC

Waterfalls of Northeast Utah

Ely Creek - Jones Hole

Burnt Springs Jones Hole

Jones Creek  Jones Hole

Big Spring - Sheep Creek - Jessen Butte

Smooth Rock Falls - Iron Mine Mountain

Slate Gorge Lower, Middle, Upper Waterfalls - Mirror Lake plus Slate Gorge Side Canyon Waterfall

Provo River Falls - Lower, Middle, Upper

Ostler Creek Cascades

Duchesne Falls or Cataract Gorge

Spencer Falls

Ashley Falls - Daggett County - Flaming Gorge

Waterfalls of the Mt. Timpanogos Area

Dry Creek Canyon - Alpine

Battle Creek Canyon 1st, 2nd, 3rd Waterfalls

Timpooneke Trail -  4 waterfalls including Scout Falls

Aspen Grove Trail - 3, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Waterfalls

Stewart Falls / Sundance Loop

Cascade Springs - Look for 3

Pine Hollow - American Fork Canyon

Alpine Scenic Loop - 1st & 2nd Waterfalls 

Bridal Veil Falls - lower and upper

Waterfalls of Central Utah

Fifth Water - Lower & Middle

Ford Creek - Kyune

Chicken Creek - Lavan

Milky Falls - Black Mountain

Bullion Falls - Marysvale area, Mt. Brigham

Cascade Falls - Marysvale, Mt. Brigham

Chandler Falls - Carbon County

Waterfalls of Southwest Utah

Cascade Falls - Navajo Lake

The Falls - Bald Knoll

Quail Creek - First & Second Waterfall, Harrisburg Junction

Red Reef Trail - Leeds, Utah

Waterfalls of Zion National Park

Camp Creek - Kanarraville

Taylor Creek Middle Fork - Kolob Arch

Emerald Pools - Lower, Middle, Upper - Loop Trail including Kayenta Trail

Temple of Sinawava trail walk - especially during spring runoff

Menu Falls

Near Court of the Patriarchs - at the beginning of Sand Bench Trail before crossing the Virgin River bridge

Waterfalls of South Central Utah

Sulphur Creek - 4 waterfalls 

Fremont River - Fruita

Singletree Falls - Grover

Sand Creek Falls - North of Torrey

Blue Spring Creek 

Mossy Cave Falls - near Bryce

Pine Creek

Upper Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Water Canyon - Bryce Canyon, Tropic Canyon

Water Canyon

Waterfalls of South East Utah

Professor Creek - Fisher Towers

Brumley Creek Arch

Oowah Lake Road

Mill Creek 1st and 2nd Waterfalls - Rill Creek, Moab

Kens Lake waterfall - Faux Falls

Kens Lake - Kane Springs

Owl Creek - Snow Flat Spring Cave

Owl & Fish Canyons

9 Ways to Get a Flatter Belly

Sheryl McGlochlin - Sunday, December 14, 2014

9 Ways to Get a Flat Belly Without Diet or Exercise

By: Good Housekeeping Staff
All photos courtesy of Getty Images

Bust your gut with these minimal-effort tips.

1. Perfect Your Posture
9 Ways to Get a Flat Belly Without Diet or Exercise"Straighten up," advises The Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons, and your figure will look better. "When your posture is good, you’re automatically engaging and toning your stomach muscles." If you need to remind yourself to stand tall, she says, a few strategically placed Post-it Notes should do the trick.

RELATED: Lose 10 Pounds in One Month

2. Drink Up

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Keep those fluids coming! “Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water,” says Lyons, which can lead you to carry up to four excess pounds around your midsection. Try for at least six eight-ounce glasses of water or other fluids daily.

3. Have a Seat
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"Most women don’t want to talk about it, but you really have to set aside a specific time each day to use the bathroom," notes Judith Reichman, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles. If you don’t, it’s too easy to give in to feeling rushed, and ignore the urge to go." Once you’ve trained your brain to dismiss your body’s signals, you set the stage for bloat-inducing constipation.

4. Eat Mindfully
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Rather than scarfing down meals, make a point of chewing each bite at least 10 times before swallowing. “The body has to work overtime to break down food in the stomach and intestines, which can lead to major gas and indigestion,” Dr. Reichman says. Plus, when you eat fast, you’re more prone to swallowing air, which can ratchet up your risk of developing a potbelly.

RELATED: How to Lose Weight Without Even Trying

5. Turn to the “Pros”
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"Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that help your digestive system break down food, preventing the gastrointestinal issues that can keep you from having a flat stomach," explains nutritionist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth. To ensure your plumbing is working at optimum capacity, Bowden suggests eating a daily serving of a probiotic-rich food like yogurt (or drinking a glass of buttermilk), or taking a supplement containing at least 50 milligrams of probiotics. (Look for versions that contain the strains acidophilus and bifidobacterium, and are produced by reputable vitamin companies.)

6. Walk It Off
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Try to squeeze in a 30-minute walk daily, says Lyons. The simple boost in metabolism will help you burn waistline fat more efficiently. And if you want to work out, skip those gadgets that promise “miraculous abs in minutes”: A study from Kansas State University found most devices designed to target abs (think infomercials) don’t live up to their promises. You’ll see better results with traditional exercise.

7. Give Up Gum
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Because chewing forces you to swallow more puff-producing air, it can also keep you from squeezing into your skinny jeans, explain researchers at the American College of Gastroenterology. If you need to freshen your breath, you’re better off sucking on a mint.

RELATED: 5 Tricks to Beat Bloat Now

8. Supplement
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Consider adding calcium D-glucarate (1,000 milligrams) and B-complex supplements to your regular vitamin regime, recommends C.W. Randolph, M.D., author of From Belly Fat to Belly Flat. “Excess estrogen causes the body to retain fat around the waist, but both supplements have been shown to help you excrete the hormone, which can lead to a smaller middle.”

9. Relax Already
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"When you’re frazzled, your body increases its production of steroids and stress hormones, which negatively affect your digestive system, causing major constipation," says Dr. Reichman. And as if that weren’t enough to leave you looking pouchy, stress also amps up the production of cortisol, a "fight or flight" hormone that sends excess fat directly to your midsection in its attempt to protect your vital organs. To minimize tension, Dr. Reichman advises, "take 20 minutes a day to do something that truly relaxes you."

18 Ways to Deal with Sore Muscles

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, October 08, 2014


18 Ways to Deal with Sore Muscles

1  Gently stretch muscles that are sore. It will help or feel good but may not speed up the recovery time

2  To reduce inflammation, Ice. Put a few ice cubes in a ziplock bag and wrap in a thin cloth and hold it against the sore area. Do this for 10-15 minutes. It will help or feel good but may not speed up the recovery time

3  Use Heat. Do this after using ice, but not immediately, wait about 3 hours. Put boiling hot water in a rubber hot water bottle and place it on your sore muscles. Leave it there for 15 minutes.  http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/hot-water-bottles

4)  A warm bath w/ epson salt will help and definitely feels good but may not speed up the recovery time 

5) Hydration - Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins from your body and prevent dehydration, which can make muscle soreness even more painful. While there is no consensus on how much water you should drink, somewhere around 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day is a good starting point.   

6) Use over the counter pain relievers i.e. Advil or Tylenol. (Follow instructions on the bottle and do not abuse the drugs). Use as a last resort, as they alter the way your body works and do not teach your muscles to learn to de-stress for themselves.

7) Pre & Post-Workout Nutrition - Consuming a 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein either before, or after a workout, or both, may help reduce the severity of muscle soreness

8) Build up to a difficult workout slowly

9) Aerobic exercise helps to reduce soreness. Lactic acid accumulation is a major contributor to muscles being sore days later. Aerobic training can flush out a lot of lactate by bringing oxygen to the affected muscles. Go for an easy jog, walk or bike ride.

10)  Avoid training sore muscles on back to back days. Though soreness doesn’t decrease a muscle’s strength, it can severely limit range of motion. If proper methods aren’t taken, injury can result.

11) Glucosamine can help with joint lubrication, to help protect cartilage from breakdown which helps to support and promote joint comfort. Joints are the junction between two or more bones.  The ends of the bones are covered with cartilage which serves as a smooth, resilient cushion that allows the join to move freely.  The protective cartilage cushion and joint fluid work together like a shock absorber to allow for proper joint flexibility.  When you do even the simplest of everyday activities, there is tremendous pressure on your joints.  The ingredients in Cosamin DS help support and promote joint health for those feeling the effects of aging and physical activity.

12) Foods high in magnesium can reduce muscle tension and supplementary joint stress. 

13) Take it down a notch on your next workout(s). If you feel soreness 5 days after (particularly on a workout you know from experience shouldn’t make you sore) you could be overtraining. If that’s the case, take a week off from the gym

14) Rest Recovery - Getting plenty of sleep and resting your body may be the most effective treatment  

15) Active Recovery - Light exercise during the recovery phase can stimulate blood flow to the muscles to help reduce muscle pain. Active recovery may include swimming, a light jog or walking.  

16)  Topical Creams - creams like Ben Gay and IcyHot provide the “perception” of pain relief, but have no effects on the underlying muscle 

17)  Massage - Will help or feel good but may not speed up the recovery time

18)  Use Trekking or Hiking Poles to take some pressure off your knees while hiking downhill.  That will cut down on soreness.


If you are not used to exercising, it’s wise to consult your physician before participating in a new sport 

Good News! 

When you do the same activity again, your muscles will start to get used to it. You will actually have no soreness or less soreness because now you've strengthened the muscle or connective tissue.

New schedule for summer hikes beginning June 1

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, June 04, 2012
Our new summer time schedule starts June 1. We stay at this time until Sept. 1, then we'll switch again for the fall.  We change 4 times a year, to adjust to each season.

Hiking orientation is at 7:45 am
Leave for the hike at 8 am

Meet at the same place as always.

Why do we do this?   

Due to hotter temperatures and more people in the canyons earlier we start early.
We are able to get off the trails by 11:30 am.

NEW hikers... Welcome!!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Welcome to my Hiking Group!!

If you are a beginner hiker, plan to take baby steps. 

We want you to have a successful outing the first day you hike with us. 

You'll also develop a love for hiking that will last for a long time!

The MOST important thing you can do is to simply show up!

It makes no difference whether you hike with us for 30 minutes or 3 hours. Just come.

Start coming OFTEN and I'll help you get acclimated to our group.

Learn the names of new people you meet. 

Go out of your way to say Hi and be friendly. Others are nervous just like you may be.

I'll help you meet others with a similar ability or speed.  

We offer a Hiking Orientation every Saturday for approx. 30 minutes before we leave on the hike.

If you are new, please attend this often since you will meet new people each week and learn new things.  

You'll notice people start to slowly trickle in during the 30 minutes.

If you come for the full 30 minutes I'll be able to give you more time and attention.

Speak up and ask me or my assistants about any questions or concerns you may have. 

The bulk of our group may show up closer to when we are ready to leave.

Just know that we have a wide variety of hiking abilities in our group every week, which we welcome. 

Some hikers prefer to go slower so they can take more photos.

Some hikers are super fast and very strong.  Don't try to compete or keep up with them. 

I try to encourage everyone to do their own personal best. 

Our group is not a hiking competition.

We have new people join us every week.

We have hard core hikers, we have beginner hikers and everything in between hikers.

No one is better than anyone else.  Everyone is just trying to do their best.

I am the most impressed with people who have a good attitude, willing to show up, be teachable and try to make even a small effort without complaining.

I am eager to help you become a very successful hiker! 

How LONG you stay on the mountain during an outing doesn't really matter.  

What does matter is that you come often and start to build strong hiking legs. 

RSVP when you come so I can be watching for you. 

Take down my cell phone number and call me if you don't find me right away.  801-278-5313, Sheryl McGlochlin

This is a friendly bunch of caring people!  I will introduce you to them and help you feel comfortable and more relaxed.

Generally our hikes are finished on or before 12 noon UNLESS stated otherwise.

I can definitely promise you some very big rewards if you will come often and start to make this a new habit - year round!

I hope I will see you soon...

and again WELCOME to our group!!!


High Altitude Hiking

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, September 06, 2011

We spend 3 months EVERY summer hiking in high altitudes between 9,000 - 12,000 feet.  Learn why it's so fantastic in this article and video!

 

 

 

Sheryl's Top Three High Altitude Hikes:

 

Bald Mountain, Uintas -  90-minute drive east of Salt Lake City in the Uinta Mountain Range.  Enjoy a three mile round trip hike with 1179 ft. elevation gain. Watch for wildflowers, high-alpine vegetation, and exceptional views in all directions of the Uintas from the summit. Trailhead starts at 10,764 ft. and climbs to nearly 12,000 ft. above sea level!  Total hiking time up and back down is about 1.5 – 3 hours.  This is one of the easiest but rugged, family-friendly, super-high altitude hikes in Utah!  To enjoy this trail you must love walking on and looking at ROCKS!  Plan on LOTS of them!  There's not much foliage at this altitude! NOTE: Always check weather conditions before hiking – especially this hike and any high altitude hike.

 

Cecret Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon - (yes, "Cecret" is spelled with a "C") This is one of the most scenic, family-friendly, high altitude hikes you'll find in the Wasatch Mountain Range.  The trailhead is located at Alta Ski Resort , near the Albion Basin Campground,  top of Little Cottonwood Canyon.  Expect a 1.6 mile round trip hike with 458 ft. elevation gain.  Elevation at the trailhead is 9875 ft. above sea level and tops out at over 10,000 ft.  Enjoy plenty of beautiful, green, lush foliage with hundreds of wildflowers nearly all the way to the lake, depending on the time of year.  Keep your eyes open for moose, deer and other small critters that live in this high terrain.

 

Mt. Timpanogos - American Fork Canyon – If hiking the Alps in Switzerland is not possible this summer, do the next best thing – take a short drive into American Fork Canyon and hike Mt. Timpanogos via the Timpooneke Trail.  You don't have to hike the whole 14.8 miles (round trip) to appreciate this exceptional mountain!  It's the MOST popular high-altitude, hiking destination in all of Utah!   Families of all ages can enjoy this mountain.  Hike for a few minutes or all day long, if you like.  If you hike to the summit, you'll gain nearly 4400 ft elevation gain in about 7.5 miles each way.  Bring plenty of water and stop often to take photos all along the way!   If you are able to hike this mountain during the week, you'll find more peace and quiet all along the way, without lots of hikers.

 

 

 

Why High Altitude hiking is SO great:

  • See for yourself what a blanket of incredibly, beautiful, vibrant, wild flowers of all colors looks like that is only seen at high altitudes above 9000 feet.
  • You snooze, you loose.  This is a very rare, short season of hiking on high altitude trails - since you have to wait until the bulk of the snow has melted to get on the trails AND you have to act fast before the weather turns cold in the fall.
  • Discover what high altitude LOOKS like.  Experience a birds-eye view.  You have a rare privilege of FEELING like a bird high up in the sky! You see things ONLY a bird gets to see i.e. hundreds of miles of mountains, peaks, gorges, lakes, streams, strange rock formations, left over avalanche shoots, incredible views of valleys below, peaks up close and personal, rare wildlife sightings i.e. moose, mountain goats, deer, elk, smaller critters, etc.
  • Discover what high altitude FEELS like.  Notice how the air is much thinner and how you need to walk slower or stop more often, catch your breath and take in the beauty.
  • Find out what high altitude SMELLS like.  A few words I use to describe it would be FRESH, COOL, CLEAN mountain air!
  • Notice how much bluer the sky is compared with the color of the sky in the valley.
  • Once you try high altitude hiking, you'll be hooked!  It's very addicting!
  • Learn how happy you feel once you've been in the high terrains. I always feel SO happy when I come home from a high altitude hike.  So many times I have left on the hike in the morning feeling rushed, guilty for leaving all my work behind, stressed and anxious about all that needs to be done, etc.   Then, a few hours later, I come home feeling so incredibly happy and full of enthusiasm for life.  My problems all seem a lot more manageable when you feel so happy!
  • For just a few hours you get to see the BIG picture in life.  You have an opportunity to get some new insight and perspective on how small and puny you and your problems really are compared to this vast, awe-inspiring world!
  • And last but not least, high altitude hiking does NOT have to be hard.  It can be very easy and extremely safe for all members of the family to enjoy!

 

 

How high is "High Altitude Hiking"?  In Utah, Kings Peak is the highest peak (around 13,000 ft. above sea level), but our most common "high altitude hikes" along the Wasatch Mountains are approx 9,000 - 12,000 ft. above sea level.

 

Where to find a LOT of super easy, family-friendly, high altitude hikes in Utah:  We are very blessed to have so many canyons available to us in many parts of Utah.  Drive as far as you can up any scenic canyon and you'll most likely find nearby trails to explore. From Cedar City all the way to Bear Lake, there are many canyons to drive to and explore.  Ogden Canyon, Weber Canyon, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Millcreek Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Provo Canyon, Logan Canyon, and the list is long!   

 

High Altitude Hiking at any World-Class Ski Resort in Utah - Deer Valley, Canyons, Park City, Snow Basin, Brian Head, Snowbird, Brighton, Alta, Solitude, etc. ALL have summer hiking trails. 

 

High Altitude Hiking in Mountain Communities – Go to a Visitor Center in Alta, Park City, Eden, Garden City, Morgan, Heber, Kamas, etc. and ask about their local hiking trails.  

 

How do I prepare for a high altitude hike?  Bring plenty of water (1 - 2 liters/person depending on length of hike).  Drink often since water gives you energy and will help eliminate altitude sickness.  Always bring extra clothing since it is much cooler than lower valleys.  Bring an extra snack and/or extra water for AFTER the hike, on the ride down the mountain, since this will help relieve the pressure on your ears. 

 

The downside of high altitude hiking: There is less oxygen at higher elevations and some people adjust easier to this than others.  Some need a little more time to adjust.  The most common problem is "High Altitude sickness".   If you start to experience nausea, light headedness, shortness of breath, headache, etc., stop hiking and rest.  Drink water. Don't push yourself. Turn around and head back down, if necessary.

 

High Altitude Hiking can be deceiving:  Some hikers who feel they are in great shape may not understand why they are breathing so hard and need to stop and rest. Whether you are in excellent physical shape or not, you are not getting as much oxygen as you might at lower altitudes.  Plan ahead of time to stop and rest more often than you normally would.

 

Who can enjoy this?  All ages and all abilities can enjoy some degree of high altitude walking or hiking

 

When can I enjoy this?  It all depends on weather and snow conditions.  Generally July through September is peak season.

 

Potential dangers:  Don't walk on snowfields that you may discover along the way.  These are generally dangerous to walk on and may be very hollow or icy.  Take photos but stay off of them.  Stay away from the edge of cliffs, etc.

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