Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maple Canyon

Maple Canyon

(aka Mapleton Canyon, Left Fork Maple Canyon Trailhead)

Pretty little canyon that doesn't get a lot of traffic, has a nice out and back trail with beautiful stream crossings and log bridges.

Location: Mapleton
Distance from Provo: 25 Minutes
Length of hike: It's out and Back so as long or short as you like- there's nice log stream crossings within the first mile
Cool Stuff: Lots of Scrub Maple and Box Elder Trees. Not a lot of people. Fall colors,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Salem Lakes/ Salem Pond/ Knoll Park

Salem Lake

Location: Salem
Distance from Provo: 22 Minutes
Length of "hike": 1/2 mile walk around the lake
Cool Stuff to do: Fishing, feeding the ducks, walking over bridges, checking out the wetlands, playing in the water, playing on the playground at Knoll Park.

Another pretty little Sunday stroll, Salem Lake is a gem that's closer to Provo than you think, quiet and peaceful, and a great place for an afternoon picnic, a family outing, or to drop a line and try to catch some fish.

Why did the Crawdad cross the road?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

West Mountain Drive

We discovered this little gem on a Conference Sunday when we were out for a drive-It's a great way to get another viewpoint of Utah County and doesn't require any walking.

This map shows that the road is only 4.3 miles, but because it's dirt it will take you longer than 18 minutes, I think it took us about 30 minutes each way.  The road is gravel, but well graded as it services the antennas and reflectors on top of West Mountain and I would have no problem taking just about any car up it as long as it can go uphill. 

You can drive to the summit of West mountain, overlook the whole south end of the valley, stroll around among the reflectors and transponders and in general just get somewhere cool without any physical effort

It all starts when you turn off before Lincoln Beach on Lincoln Beach Road, here:

And here's the view from the top!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls is an excellent hike with a beautiful destination-some big waterfalls that you can get right up in. 
Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Distance from Provo: about 20 minutes
Family Friendly: this is a dirt trail that's not suitable for strollers, it's not steep but may feel very long to a small child. 
This hike is shady most of the way and has cool water to play in at the end. 
Other notes: It costs $6 to enter the national forest area (Unless you have an annual national parks pass then it's free) -there is a booth right before the trailhead where you can pay. You will get a pass for 3 days so you can take advantage of that and drive the alpine loop, or go check out silver lake or other cool stuff in american fork canyon.  
How to get there: Drive up provo canyon and turn left at the Sundance Resort (US 92) turn left and go for 4.4 miles-through the booth and park at the large lot at the trailhead.  

The Trailhead has trails  to both the Timpanogos Peak trail(Right) and Stewart Falls(Left) go left. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Bridal Veil Falls

This is a great little family hike with a beautiful falls at the end of a short paved trail.
There are also fish you can watch and feed and in the right seasons you can walk up to the foot of the falls and get sprayed by the mist

As an extra hike you can walk up to ___ Falls, it's another little while past Bridal veil as you walk along the Provo River trail, then you go off road along a rocky and at times steep, but short side trail.
This waterfall is smaller than Bridal veil but also a lot less crowded and adds a nice viewpoint to your outing.