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Utah Hikes


The Thriller

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I love summer for the great weather, bbqing, and hiking!

Yesterday, I completed the Willow Heights hike up Big Cottonwood. It was steeper than I thought but it was pretty short (about 2.2 miles) and almost completely in the shade. I think I did the round trip in a little bit over an hour and that was with me taking breaks (out of shape) and stopping to enjoy the scenery. The aspens were amazing and some of the wildflowers were coming out. It was beautiful.

I still want to do Lake Blanche and Lake Desolation. Have you gone on those hikes? What did you think? Any other hike suggestions?
 


Stoked

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Not sure how feasible Zion is for you but there are numerous hikes, ranging from beginner to hard 2 day hikes in southern and middle Utah.


Calf Creek, Kannarraville Falls, Angels Landing, The Subway and Coyote Hollow for example.
 

JazzGal

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I did the Lake Blanche hike in 1979. I've never been much of a hiker so it was a little difficult but not terrible. And it was worth it.

But I suppose a lot might have changed since then.
 

The Thriller

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I did the Lake Blanche hike in 1979. I've never been much of a hiker so it was a little difficult but not terrible. And it was worth it.

But I suppose a lot might have changed since then.

That's on the list but I'm going to wait a while to get into better shape for that one. I've heard that's pretty steep. Is it?
 

The Thriller

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Dog lake kicked my *** a few years ago

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Isn't that right before Desolation lake as you're going up the main road on Big Cottonwood? I think it is. I think it goes Dog Lake, then the Mill D (Desolation Lake), then Willow Heights (did that), and right after that you're up at the Silver Lake parking lot.
 

The Thriller

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Not sure how feasible Zion is for you but there are numerous hikes, ranging from beginner to hard 2 day hikes in southern and middle Utah.


Calf Creek, Kannarraville Falls, Angels Landing, The Subway and Coyote Hollow for example.

I heard they got rid of the log ladder for Kannarraville Falls. Is that true? I've never done that one.

I've always wanted to do the Subway as well. When did you do that? I'm always anxious about Zion because the crowds can be overwhelming and the summer heat. However, I'm guessing the Subway is probably a lot cooler in the summer so it might be nice. I've only been to Zion once.
 

Archie Moses

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I have a few videos of some hikes on my YouTube Channel.

Hikes I've done.
Observation Point -Zion.
Pretty much parts of every hike at Bryce starting at Sunset Point.
Mossy Cave and Falls - easy and beautiful.Roast me. Haha

I just climbed Topaz Mountain last week.

I'm going to hike to Silver Flat Lake this weekend. I have a ton more I want to do this year too.
 

Gameface

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I have a few videos of some hikes on my YouTube Channel.

Hikes I've done.
Observation Point -Zion.
Pretty much parts of every hike at Bryce starting at Sunset Point.
Mossy Cave and Falls - easy and beautiful.Roast me. Haha

I just climbed Topaz Mountain last week.

I'm going to hike to Silver Flat Lake this weekend. I have a ton more I want to do this year too.
Keep the youtubes comin' man. Sub'd
 

silesian

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I love summer for the great weather, bbqing, and hiking!

Yesterday, I completed the Willow Heights hike up Big Cottonwood. It was steeper than I thought but it was pretty short (about 2.2 miles) and almost completely in the shade. I think I did the round trip in a little bit over an hour and that was with me taking breaks (out of shape) and stopping to enjoy the scenery. The aspens were amazing and some of the wildflowers were coming out. It was beautiful.

I still want to do Lake Blanche and Lake Desolation. Have you gone on those hikes? What did you think? Any other hike suggestions?

Lake Blanche is incredible.
 

olden_undercover

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I love summer for the great weather, bbqing, and hiking!

Yesterday, I completed the Willow Heights hike up Big Cottonwood. It was steeper than I thought but it was pretty short (about 2.2 miles) and almost completely in the shade. I think I did the round trip in a little bit over an hour and that was with me taking breaks (out of shape) and stopping to enjoy the scenery. The aspens were amazing and some of the wildflowers were coming out. It was beautiful.

I still want to do Lake Blanche and Lake Desolation. Have you gone on those hikes? What did you think? Any other hike suggestions?

I've hiked Blanche many times. It's easily one of my favorite destination hikes. It's a solid challenge if you're not a regular hiker, but totally doable and absolutely worth it. Getting there is only half the reward, though, as there are two smaller sister lakes just beyond Blanche as well as the very picturesque Sundial Peak rising over Blanche itself. If you're moderately-paced it'll take you around 2 hours one way; give yourself plenty of time to explore around.

Desolation is not as challenging, and the lake isn't as cool, but it's still well worth spending half a day at a deliberate pace just enjoying the scenery.
 

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