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Donut Falls Trail

Salt Lake City, UT

Donut Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

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The Wave Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Simply awesome. I won a coveted permit to the Wave back in June for a September hike. It is a moderate hike and we had a beautiful day. It is everything I had hoped for and all of the amazing pictures you see are true. It had rained heavily two days before our hike so we were worried about the trailhead being passable. The day we went a 4x4 was required - no regular passenger car would have been able to get through. Be sure to check in with the BLM about conditions on or before the day you are going to set out there. The lucky thing about the rain is that it created some beautiful pools at the Wave and some really large pools in surrounding areas which even a BLM patrol person that we ran into said was uncommon. They were actually pretty deep. Made for some great pictures.

For a few tips - 1) if you are able to plan, I would shoot for trying to hiking in the fall or spring. I would be hesitant to hike this in the summer as there is absolutely no shade and the desert sun can be unforgiving. Additionally, the rocks soak up the heat so even with 3+ liters of water, I could imagine being miserable hiking the few miles out to the rock formation.

#2- Have awareness about your route going as well as coming back. There are two trail markers but you must use natural landmarks to find your way to the Wave. After awhile, many rock formations begin to look the same and it is very easy to get confused or lost. After you have walked for awhile, turn around and take a picture of the view that you will see on your return. It will look completely different coming back than going.

Lastly #3 - There is a bit of sand to cross but the majority of time you are on rock. Also note that there are a few inclines and times where you will be hiking downhill on smooth rock, so if you have trouble with your knees and /or find walking sticks accommodating, you might consider bringing them.

If you have the opportunity to hike to the Wave, do it. It is one of a kind.

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Broads Fork Twin Peaks
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

Pretty easy climb till you get to the boulder fields after the upper meadow. Lots of elevation and plenty of medium to small boulders to slip on. Fun little rock climbing section a little bit past the saddle, but nothing too crazy. Amazing view from 11,330 with a short 10 min jaunt to the slightly shorter west peak.

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Mt. Tuscarora & Wolverine from Brighton
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

Alta Basin hikes are always beautiful. We approached this one from the summer road in LCC and could hear the music coming up from Oktoberfest on the top of Mt. Wolverine. Will visit the area again to send it up Sunset Peak and Pioneer Peak.

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Mount Olympus Trail
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

Like going up a really long set of stairs. Pretty steep and hard on the knees. Beautiful view from the top however on a slightly overcast day.

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Horse Canyon Trail
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16 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail for those visiting Bryce for a few hours and want to see as much of the Canyon in short time.

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Lake Blanche Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is my favorite destination. The view of Lake Blanche with Sundial Peak in the background is unique. Fall colors and storm forming made for fantastic views and mood.
Facts: I am 61 years old and it took me 2 hours and 10 minutes to climb this strenuous trail (17%).

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Grandaddy Basin Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Great for backpacking and fishing

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Angels Landing
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Such a steep hike! Some sections feel like actual mountaineering! I've found that my favorite way to approach this trail is with a stout trail run shoe. The pavement up to the notch canyon gets a little hard on the feet, but once you crest the stone/rock saddle for the final push to the top it becomes a super fun run up. The descent is the best as it is technical and requires you to be on it. I will say that there is a high consequence for doing it wrong and not keeping solid footing and hand holds (chain). I carry a couple liters of water in a hydration bag to keep my hands free. Once back on the paved trail I like to run out with a couple short breaks.

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Cardiff Fork Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Cardiff (or Mill D South) is a spectacular trail with loads of history to it. The mining was successful and the claims purchased. This is why there is a checkerboard of private and public land up there. The road is maintained nicely and so it is a great one for dirt road runs. There are plenty of 'no trespassing' signs, so please respect them. Also, this is often for safety as there are mine ruins all over. While running here I have seen all sorts of wild life including a cow moose with two calves blocking the road on my way back out. We had a Mexican standoff. Enjoy the mines and ruins from a distance, maintain the mystery. If backcountry skiing here be sure to look into what the locals know.

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Bells Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Nothing quite like it. It's very steep and hiking at times is akin to climbing up a rocky creek bed (spring runoff may have something to do with this characteristic..). But Extraordinarily beautiful up there. In the summer months get an early start. I also found a few mosquito bites on me later that day.

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