BY MIKEY SALTAS
| CITY WEEKLY |
The ‘Living Room’ Hike
A classic Salt Lake City hike complete with stones arranged to form chairs to relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Bring enough water for you and your companions as there’s a 1,000-foot gain in elevation in just over a mile from the starting point. Rush hour on the trailhead is right before dusk in order to catch a glimpse of the setting sun over the valley, so plan accordingly. Start: From Foothill Drive, turn east onto Wakara Way, right onto Colorow Road. 383 S. Colorow Road Distance: 2.5 miles Dogs: on leash Level of Difficulty: moderate
The “Living Room” View
Morris Meadows Trailhead
One of the trailheads of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail—a series of trails along the Wasatch Mountains resulting from the recession of Lake Bonneville—Morris Meadows Trailhead offers a spectacular view of the city with just a moderate incline. Short, sweet and unbeknown to most, Morris Meadows is ideal for those looking for a quiet hike with room to roam for their furry companions. Start: North on I Street until it becomes Northhills Drive Distance 1.5 miles Dogs: yes Level of Difficulty: easy
Donut Falls Hiking Trail
Vastly popular during summer, fall and even the winter for snowshoe enthusiasts, Donut Falls unquestionably lives up to the hype as one of the area’s premiere spectacles. Unfortunately, no, there’s not a Banbury Cross donut stand at the end of the trail, although that’s the only accessory that could make this hike more splendid. Rather, a stream cascading into a “donut hole” will astonish trekkers of all ages. Start: Drive approximately 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to the signed Mill D Trailhead Distance: 3.5 miles Dogs: no Level of Difficulty: easy
tah summers are much like comets: We diligently wait for them for ages only to have them pass by in the blink of an eye without fully appreciating their beauty and radiance. Take advantage of these shortlived months—utilize trails and hikes otherwise covered in snow for much of the year, explore Utah’s hidden treasures, escape the dry heat and get soaked—all without breaking the bank. This summer bucket list will serve as your guide to getting the most out of your summer. But act fast—it’ll be Labor Day before you know it and the flash that is summer will be gone without so much as a warning.
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