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Spring Snowshoe in the Unitas

Spring is my favorite time to go snowshoeing.  So when my friend Pam suggesting going while I was staying with her and her husband Earl in Utah, I said I’m all in.  We had a gorgeous day with plenty of sunshine, light breeze, and comfortable temperatures – all the reasons I love snowshoeing in the spring!

Before we hit the trail, we fueled up with a scrumptious breakfast at Belle’s Bakery.  We split a sinfully good cinnamon roll.  The cream cheese frosting was to die for!  I went for the egg sandwich minus the bacon.  The egg, cheese, and avocado combo on homemade focaccia bread was a wonderful way to start the day, along with a great cup of coffee.

We started at the Shingle Creek Trailhead off of Mirror Lake Highway on the edge of the Unitas Mountains.  Starting at about an elevation of 7,500 feet, we headed left and the first half mile was flat, easy terrain on Beaver Creek Ski Trail.  It’s a multi-use trail for snowshoers or nordic skiers.  My favorite spot was a grove of aspens, especially with the sun shining through the trees.

At the sign for Plantation Trail, we headed up our first hill.  This was were the heart really got pumping!  As we climbed we were in aspens most of the way for a about a half mile to our first view spot, which was worth the effort to get there.  The view was stunning, especially on a bluebird sky kind of spring day.  We saw a couple of folks on the Beaver Creek Trail, but only saw about 5 people for the rest of our hike.  Very few people on the trail and great views – that’s the kind of snowshoe hike I love!

We meandered in and out of aspens, pines, and open spots as we traversed the rolling hills part of the trail for about a mile.

As we started our descent, we were mainly in and out of pines.  It opened up to a big meadow with great views as we connected with the Cedar Loop Trail.

We’d take that trail to meet back up with the Beaver Creek Trail and hike the mostly flat trail back for about a mile back to our car.

The hike is about 4 miles round trip.  As you can see from the pics and video – it’s fantastic!  I can’t wait to hike it again in the summer with Pam and Earl.

Hungry after our hike, we were both craving Mexican food.  We stopped in El Jalisciense in Kamas for their enchilada lunch special.  It was so good and a great treat after our snowshoe workout.


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