Category Archive: Utah

The Overly-Decorated Trail to Valentine Peak

Terry and Tom had hiked Valentine Peak in my absence but due to snow, had not reached the top. Starting at just over 6,000 feet, the trail rises to 8,051 feet in 3.5… Continue reading

Ice Cream Sundae Rocks: Pine Park, Dixie National Forest

We had gotten wind of some unique volcanic formations out near the Nevada border and were planning on checking them out but at the last minute Tom couldn’t come so Terry and I… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 7: East Rim Trail and Backcountry Exploring off Kolob Terrace Road

The East Rim Trail in Zion was a new hike for Tom and I as well as Terry. Beginning from the park boundary, the trail is an 11 mile walk towards the east… Continue reading

Oak Grove Trail, Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness

The Oak Grove Trail was a fantastic hike up into the Pine Valley Mountains Wilderness. Though the trail is south facing we encountered quite a bit of snow and mud above 8,000 feet… Continue reading

Fiddlers Canyon and a Hike Up Ash Creek Canyon in Dixie National Forest

The hike in Fiddler’s Canyon was really only supposed to be a morning dog walk, but it got more complicated – and more scenic – and so deserves to have a few photos… Continue reading

A Hike from Silver Rim Trailhead and Two Exploratory Missions in the Red Cliffs

The Red Cliffs area is one of our go to places for hiking in the shoulder seasons or when it’s just chilly. And so, after we returned from our New Mexico/Arizona excursions in… Continue reading

The Magical Landscapes of Utah: Cross Country Exploring with a Return through Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass

As I’ve written time and time again, Utah is a spectacular, amazing state. But for all the myriad of treasures packed into the state, the areas around Buckskin Gulch and Coyote Buttes (home… Continue reading

A Christmas Eve Hike in the Red Cliffs

Since it was snowing again at the house, we decided to hike down in the Red Cliffs on Christmas Eve. It was still stormy as we drove past the 4,000 foot elevation marker… Continue reading

A Failed but Beautiful Hike. Which Resulted in More Cowbell.

I know I say/write this all the time, but I’m going back to this place. This place being Water Canyon. In what seems to be a theme for me lately, I keep showing… Continue reading

Yellow Knolls and High Point Trails, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

I came to hike the Yellow Knolls Trail somewhat by accident. I had intended to hike a different trail in the southern end of the Red Cliffs but access was temporarily blocked by… Continue reading