Water and Fire

On our last day in Utah we decided to do something a little different: rather than do a single hike we opted to do a short, new-to-some-of-us trail followed by a backcountry drive… Continue reading

The Third Time Isn’t Always the Charm

I first hiked the Skyline Trail in the Fishlake Mountains in September 2015 and after realizing that 16.6 miles at this elevation with drive time and photo stops was not a one day… Continue reading

“Backyard” Explorations

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time I’m sure you’re probably tired of me professing my love for Utah: the dramatic red rock formations, the high country meadows, the… Continue reading

Reluctant Companions: The Hike up Blowhard Mountain

So I’m willing to admit that my choice of hikes are sometimes unpopular with my companions (read: Tom, but in this case, Terry as well). And I’m also willing to admit that my… Continue reading

Alternatives to Hiking: An Afternoon at Navajo Lake

I don’t remember how Tom, Terry, and I concluded we’d hike around Navajo Lake – Terry and I had hiked the complete loop in early fall 2015 and enjoyed it – but it… Continue reading

Hancock Peak? But Maybe Just a Nice Place to Look at Aspen.

Hancock Peak, a volcanic cinder cone whose prominence rises 500 feet above the high meadows of the Markagunt Plateau, has been on my to-do hiking list for quite some time. In fact I… Continue reading

The Best of Utah High Country

The week we spent in the Sawtooths felt all too short and as the time approached for us to leave I think we both felt the tug to stay and spend more time… Continue reading

Prairie and Miner Lakes Loop Trail

On our last hike in the Sawtooths we wanted to do something in the Smoky Mountains, just south of the Sawtooth Range but inside the Sawtooth Recreation Area. In a previous trip we… Continue reading

A Shorty But Goody: Hell Roaring Lake

Following the massive hike to and beyond Sawtooth Lake the day before, Tom and I set out to do the shorter jaunt to Hell Roaring Lake. Though the lake can be accessed via… Continue reading

The Perfection of the Hike to Sawtooth Lake

I’ve been delaying writing this blog about my hike to Sawtooth Lake mostly because any words that come to mind have seemed wholly inadequate to describe the majesty and extraordinary beauty of the… Continue reading