Yesterday, as my family has done so many times before they took my advice on where to go hiking. That was where my blame in this story ended, almost. My husband looked up trails before we left and we had every intention of following the trails he looked up, but we didn't. Instead we ended up hiking up what turned out to be the old red pine trail and the views all the way to the top were amazing.
Got to take the ladies with us too 🙂
Everyone was pretty ready to go as soon as we got out of the car, but it takes a few minutes to organize.
The trail head has a reasonable amount of parking in the main lot, as well as quite a bit of overflow just down the road a little. The trails are marked but I wouldn't recommend venturing up relying solely on the trail signs.
My soaking wet attire about half an hour into our hike.
Did I mention the large storm we had yesterday morning?? Apparently it took it a while for the rain to dry up in the mountains, but I love mud so it's cool.
The wildflowers are blooming in the mountains right now and it makes for a gorgeous walk, even if you do get wet and muddy.
The trail is pretty well used so it's not like other trails I've been on that you feel like you're guessing where to walk next. The elevation gain on the trail is roughly 500 feet per hour but the trail makes it seem like much less. It's a very pleasant walk and I think most people, even inexperienced hikers, could handle it quite easily.
Dogs are allowed of leash, but on even numbered days mountain bikes are allowed on the trail as well and I don't advise letting your dogs off leash on those days.
If you get all the way to crest you can gaze happily down at Park City and the ski resorts below. If you wanted to finish up it's only a half of a mile down to The Canyons ski resort where I assume you could get lunch before walking back.
The kids and Kikyo making a break for it back down the mountain.
Round trip we wandered close to eight miles, but we could have made it shorter if we had wanted to. All in all it was a great day and totally worth the mud and water we had to trek through. Next time we may even go to Dog Lake, where we planned on going this time 🙂