Hike to Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah
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Hike to Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah

Moonshine is an interesting name for an arch. I like it. Maybe it’s because moonshine reminds me of rural northwest Georgia where my dad grew up. Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah, got on my radar a couple of years ago when I started exploring the area in and around Dinosaur National Monument. The sandstone Moonshine … Continue reading

Road Trip Hiking Break in the Meeker Trail System
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Road Trip Hiking Break in the Meeker Trail System

Meeker Trail System surprised me. I wanted a hiking break on my drive from Breckenridge, Colorado, to Heber City, Utah. Doing a little research before drive, I decided to stop in Meeker, a town I haven’t spent a lot of time in. I drove up 7th Street to the Phillip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park … Continue reading

Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado
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Hike to Ice Caves, Waterfall and Erratics on Grottos Trail Near Aspen, Colorado

This is a short hike with a huge wow factor. The Grottos Trail off of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado, has geological wonders including unusual boulders, an ice cave and cascading waterfall. Grottos Trail is very popular. To be the crowds, do what my friend Lisa and I did. Get to the trailhead before 7 … Continue reading

Bloods Lake Hike on Guardsman Pass near Heber City, Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah
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Bloods Lake Hike on Guardsman Pass near Heber City, Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah

Guardsman Pass is a scenic mountain backway connecting Heber City and Park City to Brighton and on to Salt Lake City. The road and trails are flanked with lush mountain foliage including aspens, pines and wildflowers. My friend Pam and I did Blood Lake Trail, one of the more popular hikes on the pass. It’s … Continue reading

Hike to Mad Creek Barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Hike to Mad Creek Barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Barns are an iconic symbol of the ranching lifestyle in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  One of my favorite historic barns is Mad Creek Barn.  The hike is four miles round trip in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area north of Steamboat. The first ten minutes of the hike are a gradual incline with no shade.  Make sure … Continue reading